Aerospace Engineering is a branch of Engineering that provides skills and knowledge to design, manufacture and maintain spacecrafts, aircrafts, missiles and weapons systems. A large part of Aerospace Engineering consists of Mechanical Engineering covering a wide range of topics, including computer application, structures, mathematics, physics, drafting, electricity, robotics, aeronautics etc. It also covers two aspects of engineering, namely Aeronautical Engineering and Astronomical Engineering.
Aerospace Engineering is considered to among the toughest branches of engineering that has carved its niche among the students. However, once completed this course gives ‘wings’ to your career taking it to new heights.
- Clear their respective 10+2 qualifying exam (or equivalent) from a recognised Board
- Secure at least 60% aggregate in their qualifying exam
- Study Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics compulsorily at the qualifying level
- Be medically fit
What do they do?
They can specialize in designing different types of aerospace products, such as commercial and military airplanes and helicopters, remotely piloted aircraft and rotorcraft, spacecraft, including launch vehicles and satellites, and military missiles and rockets.
They often become experts in one or more related fields: aerodynamics, thermodynamics, celestial mechanics, flight mechanics, propulsion, acoustics, and guidance and control systems.
Duties and responsibilities of aerospace engineers:
– Assess proposals and design requirements
– Determine if projects are technically and financially feasible
– Go over budgets, timescales and specifications with clients
– Do theoretical and practical research
– Evaluate designs to confirm that products meet engineering principles
– Ensure designs meet customer requirements
– Direct, coordinate, produce and implement design, manufacture and test procedures
– Measure and improve performance of aircraft, systems, and components
– Assist in assembling aircraft
– Test, evaluate, modify and re-test products
– Determine if proposed projects will result in safe aircraft and parts
– Ensure that projects meet quality standards
– Inspect malfunctioning or damaged products
– Identify sources of problems and possible solutions
– Write reports, manuals and documentation
– Provide technical advice
– Analyze and interpret data
– Work towards completion dates and deadlines
- Strong mathematical, analytical and problem solving skills.
- Technical expertise.
- Creativity and innovative thinking.
- Attention to detail.
- A strong awareness of safety issues.
- Communication skills, both verbal and written.
- Project and time management skills.
An Aerospace Engineer can work in both government & private sectors. There are many job opportunities for aerospace engineers in India as well as abroad.
Basically an Aerospace Engineer design, develops, researches, test and maintains the performance of military & civil aircraft, rockets, missiles, weapons systems, satellites, etc. Major Job opportunities for Aerospace Engineers are available in Air Force, Airlines, Corporate Research Companies, Helicopter Companies, Defence Ministry, Aviation Companies, NASA, Flying clubs, Aeronautical Laboratories, Aircraft manufacturers, government owned air services and many others.
Types of Job Profiles:
- Aerospace designer checker
- Aircraft production managers
- Mechanical design engineers
- Assistant technical officers
- Thermal design engineers
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
- Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
- Defense Research and Development Laboratories (DRDO)
- Civil Aviation Department
- India Space Research Organization (ISRO)
- Air India
- Pawan Hans Helicopters
- Tata Advanced Systems
- Taneja Aerospace
- Mahindra Aerospace
- Larsen & Toubro