“Poyekhali”, the phrase uttered by Yuri Gagarin while on his 108 minutes orbital flight, has been used to denote the beginning of the Space Age. Since then the number of curious students fascinated with history & methodology behind flying machines has been increasing with passing years.
If you too are spellbound with conceptual sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci and incredibly advanced fighter jets, then Aeronautical Engineering might be the subject you are looking for.
This branch of engineering deals with study, design, development, construction, research, testing and Science & Technology of operating aircraft.
This course also trains an engineer in investigation into aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft, behaviour and related factors such as airfoil, control surface, lift and drag of commercial or military aircrafts, missiles, and spacecrafts.
What you will study in Aeronautical Engineering?
An Aerospace Engineering degree covers a number of related disciplines, all of which are necessary to create a full engineering team. They include:
- Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
- Aero elasticity and structural dynamics
- Flight mechanics and control
- Propulsion and combustion
- Structural mechanics and materials behaviour
- System design and optimization
- A-levels requirements: AAB including Mathematics and Physics.
- IELTS requirements: 6.0 overall, with no lower than 5.5 in any one component.
What do Aeronautical engineers do?
Work done by Aeronautical Engineers has made such things as speedy mail delivery and moon travel possible.
- Aerospace engineers are responsible for the research, design, testing, part assembly and production of aircraft, spacecraft, aerospace equipment, satellites and missiles
- They also develop and design extraordinary technologies in commercial aviation, defence systems, and space exploration such as supersonic jets, helicopters, space shuttles, satellites and rockets.
- Some aeronautic engineers specialize in studying the effects of aircraft on the environment, the potential dangers of new aircraft technologies or fuel efficiency
- Within aeronautical engineering, a person may focus on the design of aircraft systems, also called avionics, or materials research and selection
- Excellent knowledge of Mathematics & Physics
- High proficiency in Research Methodology
- Analytical and Critical Thinking
- Mechanical and Technical Skills
- Interdisciplinary Skills
- Ability to work well with others
Careers in Aeronautical Engineering
Aeronautical Engineers are mostly employed by:
- ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization)
- The Defence Ministry
- Civil Aviation Department,
- National Aeronautical Laboratory,
- Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDO) and
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
Aeronautical Engineers in large numbers from India are in great demand in countries like USA, France, UK and Germany. A good percentage of Indians constitute the work force of engineers and technical professionals in NASA.
Top 10 UK Universities to study Aeronautical Engineering
- University of Cambridge
- Imperial College London
- University of Bath
- University of Bristol
- University of Southampton
- University of Surrey
- University of Leeds
- Loughborough University
- Sheffield Hallam University
- University of Glasgow