Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical engineering deals with the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft. It is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft.The field also covers investigation into aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft, including behaviors and related factors such as airfoil, control surfaces, lift and drag. In recent years, aeronautical engineering has become one of two major and overlapping branches of aerospace engineering, with astronautical engineering being the second.t is a division of aerospace engineering focusing on applying physics, mathematics and other disciplines in order to construct aircraft. Aeronautical engineers work to make sure propulsion systems operate efficiently and that an aircraft’s aerodynamic performance is sufficient. This field deals with the development of new technology in the field of aviation, space exploration and defense system.

Aeronautical engineering was the original term for the field. As flight technology advanced to include craft operating in outer space, the broader term “aerospace engineering” has largely replaced it in common usage. Aerospace engineering, particularly the astronautics branch, is often colloquially referred to as “rocket science”.

If the history and methodology behind flying machines – from Leonardo Da Vinci’s early conceptual sketches and the Wright brothers’ famous flight of 1903 and progress of modern jets interests you than the aeronautical engineering could be the degree for you.

Common skills gained from an Aeronautical engineering degree include:

  • Ability to work well in a team
  • A critical approach to problems
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal and people from various backgrounds and with varying aeronautical knowledge
  • Good problem-solving skills

Career Prospects

Aeronautical is one of the most challenging fields of engineering with a wide scope for growth. Graduates/ Post Graduates may work for public and private corporations, ranging from aircraft companies to defense contractors. Here are some overviews of the career paths available.

Aircraft Industry (HAL, Taneja Aerospace etc.)
Government and Private Airlines
R&D organizations like ISRO, DRDO, CSIR (NAL)
International organizations like BOEING, AIRBUS, PRATT & WHITNEY, GE Aviation, NASA, ESA, etc.

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