In the previous article we’ve discussed about how to start your career path into the field of Aeronautical engineering. In this article, we shall discuss about the career prospects, studies abroad and preparation to excel in this field.
Firstly let’s discuss about the career prospects such as companies that hire fresh aeronautical graduates and careers abroad. The Indian companies that recruit majority of the Aeronautical graduates are the prestigious government owned companies. These include – DRDO ( Defense Research & Development Organization ), HAL ( Hindustan Aeronautics Limited ), Indian Air force, Indian Navy, ISRO and VSSC ( Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre ). Please regularly follow employment news or advertisements in national newspapers for job openings at these government PSUs.
According to a report by Payscale.com – a salary and compensation information company, the national median / average salary for an Aeronautical Engineer in India is Rs. 5, 94,175 per year with top salary gainers earning income to the tune of Rs. 4,924,416. A skill in Avionics is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
Secondly, to excel in this field one must have a degree from one of the premier institutes in the country such as the IITs. Unless you’re an IITian, getting a job as an aeronautical engineer seems to be a herculean task in India. But don’t worry; there are other options for those of you who fall in this category.
The options are you can pursue a masters from a reputed course abroad or secure good percentage in your under graduation so that you are well adept with the subject matter and are eligible to apply for government jobs such as the HAL and DRDO or pursue other career oriented courses such as CATIA or Pro-E / Creo.
Let’s discuss about these options in brief:
1. Getting yourself a master’s degree abroad in aeronautical engineering is a better way to improve your chances of getting hired in reputed companies such as NASA and Lockheed Martin. To pursue a masters a good score in UG, a score of about 306 out of 340 in GRE ( for more info about GRE visit www.ets.org ) is mandatory for admission procedure. University of Arizona in the USA offers MSc in Aerospace engineering. The UK is much more famous for offering courses in aerospace. The University of Canfield is known for its masters in this field. For more information visit www.Petersons.com
2. Getting a good percentage in UG irrespective of the college you study is a better way to secure a lucrative job at one of the government PSUs ( Public Sector Units ). Because the cut-offs for entrance exam and the interviews are usually high, a good score boosts your candidature. Also it helps build your confidence when facing interviews or giving the exams.
3. If you feel aeronautical is your thing and your passion then we suggest these off the beat courses that can help you land in your dream role.
The courses that can help you land in your dream company are as follows:
Design and simulation is a pivotal part in the production and optimization of aircrafts. Most companies have a huge requirement of design engineers. For this job, one must be proficient and experienced in one of these software packages viz; Unigraphics, CATIA v5, Pro – E/ Creo, Solid Works, etc.
This is similar to design engineering but is more related to dealing with finite element analysis using software packages such as Ansys, Nastran / Patran, CFD ( Computational Fluid Dynamics ), etc. sound knowledge of calculus, differential equations and algebra is imperative
You’ll work mostly on the embedded systems involving programming and maintenance of the control systems using MATLAB, LabView, etc.
This job is more related to technical writing that involves writing the user manuals for engines, propulsion systems and other vital aircraft mechanical and electrical components. Though you deal mostly with writing, a sound knowledge in the subject area helps sky rocket your career with high paying jobs.