Introduction to Career in Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering
One of the challenging and on demand engineering career option available for 10+2 Science stream students with PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) as subjects is Aeronautical / Aerospace engineering. Opportunity and scope in this field for an aspiring students with interest and good knowledge in mathematics and physics with high degree of precision is high. Here we discuss more about career in aeronautical or aerospace engineering.
What is Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineering?
Aeronautical / Aerospace engineering is a branch of engineering which deals with designing, construction, development, testing, operation and maintenance of aircraft, spacecraft and their components as well as satellites and missiles.
Roles and Responsibilities of an Aeronautical Engineer
The job role includes working in areas like design, development, maintenance, managerial positions. An aeronautical engineer can also choose the career in the field of teaching at various institutes.
The work atmosphere is team work under the supervision of senior engineers rather than individual skills. An aeronautical engineer requires high level of mathematical precision to become successful in his / her career.
An aeronautical engineer can specialize in areas like structural design, navigational guidance and control systems, instrumentation and communication or production methods or it can be in a particular product such as military aircrafts, passenger planes, helicopters, satellites, rockets etc.
Educational Qualification Required
An engineering degree (BE/BTech) in aeronautics or a diploma in aeronautics is the basic requirement for becoming an aeronautic engineer. Many institutions like IITs are offering such courses. One can also go for postgraduate courses for aeronautics at engineering colleges and IITs to get into higher positions.
For getting admission for engineering course a student has to get good score in entrance exams conducted by IITs or national level or state level entrance exams or exams conducted by various engineering colleges. Only a good score can give you an opportunity to study this course in desired college. The basic qualification required to write these entrance exams are 10+2 science or equivalent examination, with PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) as the optional subject.
Skills and Knowledge Required for Career in Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering
This is one of the most challenging fields of engineering which requires manual, technical, mechanical and mathematical aptitude. The field offers high growth opportunities with team work.
There are many skills an aeronautical engineer should possess. He / she must have good mathematical precision and design skills. Deep knowledge in the field is a must for becoming a successful person in this field. He should also have the skills like problem solving, designing, computer skills, communication skills, presentation skills, etc.
An aeronautic engineer should prepared for working under pressure and for no time limit. He / she should possess high speed in working with time limits, and must have a normal color vision.
How to become an Aeronautical / Aerospace Engineer?
If anybody want to become an aeronautical engineer, he / she must choose PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) stream in 10+2 science and score good in Entrance exams conducted by IITs or in national or state level entrance exams or in entrance exams conducted by individual colleges for admission into engineering colleges. A good score is an essential for getting admission into this course as it is a high demanding course.
Working people in the private and public sector, or diploma holders can acquire a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering by appearing for the Associate Membership examination of the Institute of Engineers (AMIE) conducted by ASI (The Aeronautical Society of India). This method gives an opportunity to those having degree in electronics or mathematics or physics to enter into this career field.
Where do I get the Job?
The job opportunities are available in government and semi government organizations. Also there are opportunities in military and commercial aircrafts, air craft manufacturing units and business entities. The salary or remuneration in government or military is according to the rank or office level of working. And for private institutes it is as per the decision of the management. The remuneration for an aeronautical engineer is good.