“This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”
this was the famous quote by Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon!
Aeronautical engineering is that field of engineering that deals with ideation, creation and construction of airplanes in simple words.
As flight technology advanced to include craft operating in outer space, the broader term “aerospace engineering” has largely replaced Aeronautical engineering in common usage. Aerospace Engineering is the primary branch of engineering concerned with the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft and spacecraft. Aeronautical engineering was the original term for the field. Aeronautics deals with aircraft that operate in Earth’s atmosphere, and astronautics deals with spacecraft that operate outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
The development and manufacturing of a modern flight is an extremely complex process and demands careful balance and compromise between abilities, design, available technology and costs. Hence Aeronautical engineering is both a lucrative as well as a demanding job. At times of crisis, you’ll be subject to siphoning juice of your own body.
A good grasp and aptitude of advanced mathematical topics such as Calculus, Integration, Mechanics, etc is a must right from your school days. Aerospace engineering may be studied at the bachelor’s, masters, and Ph.D. levels in aerospace engineering departments at many universities. This course is often offered in conjunction to mechanical engineering in the mechanical engineering departments at some universities.
Some of the common topics at any university where Aeronautical engineering is offered include: Astrodynamics, Statics and Dynamics, Mathematics, Electrotechnology, Propulsion, Control engineering, Aircraft structures, Solid mechanics, Avionics, Risk and reliability, Noise control, Fluid mechanics, aerodynamics apart from a plethora of other core subjects.
Places of Study:
The course is not offered by many institutions as the field demands experienced professors and lab requirements of high standards with equipment of industry standard. Here are some of the colleges/Universities worth studying at:
1. Andhra University College of Engineering, Mechanical Department:
Andhra University in association with Perth College UHI, UK is offering a UK degree in B.Eng (Hons) in Aircraft Engineering. One year in Andhra University, Visakhapatnam and the next three years (for B Eng Hons Degree) at Perth College UHI, UK. For more details visit the official course site here.
2. Hindustan University:
Hindustan University, Chennai offers undergraduate programs in Aeronautical engineering, Aerospace engineering and in Avionics. The courses are offered by the School of Aeronautical Sciences. For more details visit the official course site here.
3. Indian Institute of Technology’s:
IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay and IIT Madras offer UG, PG and PhD programs in the field of Aeronautical, Aerospace engineering and in Avionics. The admission is only through clearing the prestigious IIT-JEE, the common entrance test of the IITs. For details about IIT-JEE click here.
4. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram:
The prestigious IIST offers UG (B.Tech) courses in Aerospace engineering, Avionics and Physical sciences. The admission is through the IIT-JEE exam conducted by the IITs. The UG courses are all of duration of 4 years. The total number of seats for the undergraduate programs in IIST is 156. The branch-wise distribution of seats is as follows:
B.Tech. In Aerospace Engineering: 60 seats
B.Tech. In Avionics: 60 seats
B.Tech. In Physical Sciences: 36 seats
Reservation of Seats:
Candidates belonging to certain categories are admitted to seats reserved based on relaxed criteria, as per applicable rules of the Government of India.
Categories included are:
Scheduled Castes (SC)
Scheduled Tribes (ST)
Other Backward Castes (OBC) belonging to Non-Creamy Layer.