Career in Aeronautical Engineering --- Job Prospects and Colleges

Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineering : Aeronautical Engineering is all about design, construction and maintenance of all kinds of aircrafts, besides missiles and spacecrafts. It includes the study of fluid dynamics, material science, propulsion and electronics. Design and development constitutes the major thrust areas.

It is necessary to understand the difference between Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering. The former is the science and engineering of flying vehicles operating within the Earth’s atmosphere (usually aircrafts, helicopters), while aerospace engineering is the science and engineering of flying vehicles operating within and outside of the earth’s atmosphere (rockets, missiles, space station, space-shuttle, lunar or interplanetary probes)
The basic degree is a B.E.(Bachelor of Engineering) or a B. Tech (Bachelor of Technology). One can also acquire a diploma in Aeronautical Engineering offered by some polytechnic institutes.
Most of the reputed engineering colleges and the Indian Institute of Technology’s (NT) in India offer graduate and postgraduate degree courses in Aeronautical Engineering.
For example, the Department of Aerospace Engineering at NT Madras has excellent experimental and computational facilities and has been actively engaged in research funded by ISRO, DRDO, etc. The Department offers: B.Tech. (4 years/8 semesters), Dual Degree - B.Tech. & M.Tech. (5 years/10 semesters), M.Tech. (2 years/4 semesters), M.S.(Minimum 1 lh years), and Ph.D. (Minimum 2 years)

In order to pursue a B.E. or B.Tech course in aeronautical engineering, one needs to qualify the higher secondary examination with physics, chemistry and mathematics as compulsory subjects along with a good aggregate percentage.

It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE) which the NT’s conduct in January and May every year. Besides the NTs there are some other institutes which also conduct entrance examinations for the admission of students.

Aeronautical Engineering Collges

List of top colleges offering Aeronautical Engineering courses in India

Aeronautical Engineering course is on great demand. There are quite a few institutes which are offering courses in this area.

Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (Maharashtra) - - Four year B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (WB) - Four year B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering

►Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai 600036 (Tamil Nadu) - Four year B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering

Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai 600044 (Tamil Nadu) - Four year B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering

Hindustan Inst of Engineering Technology, 40 GST Road, P.O.Box No.1306, St. Thomas Mount, Chennai  600016 (Tamil Nadu)

Nehru College of Aeronautical and Applied Sciences, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu)

Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh 160011

Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 208016


Institute of Aviation Technology, 1265, Sector 6, Bahadurgarh, Haryana 124507

VSM INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY, C.A. No.15/1-A, 13th A Main, Sector ‘A’ Yelahanka New Town Bangalore 560 064 - REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRE for Aerospace Engineering for IGNOU and B.Tech. degree program in Aeronautical Engineering via AeSI

VSM INSTITUTE OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY,Hindustan Electronics Academy, 61, Cambridge Road, P.B.No.806, Ulsoor, Bangalore 560008 (Karnataka) - —- Four year B. Tech in Aerospace Engineering Degree course recognized by IGNOU and 3 year Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course approved by DGCA






B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering. In Partnership & International Affiliation with City of Bristol College United Kingdom.

 Below Colleges offering Full time Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course of 4 years duration duly approved by DGCA :

Indian Institute of Aeronautics, Patna Airport, Patna 800014 (Bihar) Approved by Airworthiness Authority of India - Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

School of Aviation Science and Technology, Delhi Flying Club, Safdarjung Airport, New Delhi ,Website:  - 4 years duration Full time Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course of duly approved by DGCA .

Ph.D. Admissions in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Bombay
Established in 1966-67 as the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, the department was renamed the Department of Aerospace Engineering in 1992. It runs strong undergraduate and graduate programs in aerospace engineering, and carries out research The Department, which enjoys a high reputation, offers the 4-year Ph.D. program beginning with an apt research-training program during the first year.

Admission procedure:

  1. Interaction/discussion with the faculty members in the areas of research the applicants wish to pursue.
  2. Objective type written test: It enables the department to assess the applicants’ basic engineering (relevant discipline) and mathematical skills.
  3.  Technical Interview: After the written test, a technical interview will be conducted. The duration of the interview will be 30 to 45 minutes. The applicants are expected to come prepared with the general engineering mathematics and the basic engineering subjects relevant to the area of research they have chosen. They must also be prepared to discuss with their Masters level work, with a good degree of clarity. Applicants should also be able to clearly articulate confidently their motivation for research as well as preference for research areas. The performance in the written test and interview will be considered for selection.

Career Opportunities for Aero Ph.D. Graduates

  1. Attractive academic positions in premier institutions in the country.
  2. Opportunities to rise to top-notch executive positions in the Corporate R&D.
  3. Attractive Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Indian & Foreign Universities.

Job Prospects
Career training in aeronautical engineering can get you your dream job in a  prestigious organization.  Career options nclude design, development and modification of all types of flight vehicles such as fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, airships and missiles.
In India, aeronautical engineers are mostly employed by public sector/government organizations such as Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Defense Ministry. One can also look for jobs available with the Civil Aviation Department, National Aeronautical Laboratory, Defense Research and Development Laboratories (DRDO) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). A lot of job opportunities for aeronautical engineers are also available in countries like the United States of America, France, UK and Germany. Depending on one’s aptitude, one can take up jobs that involve creative designing to meticulous testing to routine maintenance.