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Aerospace Engineering

Summary

An Aerospace Engineer is crucial in the research, design, development, performance testing and launching of commercial and military airplanes, weapon systems, space vehicles and satellites. Aerospace engineers improve flight safety & fuel efficiency, develop control systems, analyze new materials and use advanced technologies to meet customer needs and reduce the environmental impact of air commute.

Career Opportunities in Aerospace Engineering

  • Maintenance of Aircraft or Missiles
    Aerospace Engineers test new aerodynamic and aviation systems, and maintain them.
  • Aircraft Designer
    Aerospace Engineers specializing in this field deal with designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and space crafts. They may conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture.
  • Aviation Engineers
    Aerospace Engineers in this field deal with the airspace development, airport design, aircraft navigation technologies, and aerodrome planning.
  • Satellite and Space research
    Aerospace Engineers in this field deal with navigation systems, radars and other communication networks.
  • Defense
    Aerospace Engineers in this field deal with creation, maintenance and deployment of defense aircrafts such as fighter jets, choppers, bombers, etc. Also the job requires to be able to handle such aircraft at necessary times.

How to Pursue a Career in Aerospace Engineering

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with MathsPursue B.Tech in Aerospace Engineering for 4 yearsPursue M.Tech for 2-3 yearsPursue PhD for 2 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with MathsPursue B.Tech + M.Tech (Dual Degree)in Aerospace Engineering for 5 years-Pursue PhD for 2 years

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12th or senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit.
  • Aerospace Engineering is divided into two parts Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering

Leading Institutes

Top Aerospace Engineering Institutes in India
College Location Website
Indian Institute of Technology Multiple Locations www.iitd.ac.in
Birla Institute of Technology Pilani, Mesra www.bits-pilani.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Calicut Calicut www.nitc.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Silchar Silchar www.nits.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal Surathkal www.nitk.ac.in
National Institute of Technology, Bhopal Bhopal www.manit.ac.in
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram www.iist.ac.in
Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore www.vit.ac.in
Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad Dhanbad www.ism.ac.in
Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University (SRM) Multiple Locations www.srmuniv.ac.in
Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar www.pdpu.ac.in
Acharya Institute of Technology Bangalore www.acharya.ac.in
M.V.J. College of Engineering Bangalore www.mvjce.edu.in
SASTRA University Tamil Nadu www.sastra.edu
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada www.jntuk.edu.in
Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering Bangalore www.dayanandasagar.edu/dsce
Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (NMIT) Bangalore www.nmit.ac.in
International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad www.iiit.ac.in
Maharashtra Institute of Technology Pune www.mitpune.com
Anna University Chennai www.annauniv.edu
Madras Institute of Technology Chennai www.mitindia.edu
Hindustan Institute of Technology Chennai www.hiet.in
School of Aviation Science and Technology Delhi www.delhiflyingclub.org/about-sast.html
Indian Institute of Aeronautics Patna www.biapatna.co.in
Top Aerospace Engineering Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States www.web.mit.edu
Georgia Institute of Technology United States www.gatech.edu
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States www.umich.edu
Purdue University United States www.engineering.purdue.edu
California Institute of Technology United States www.caltech.edu
University of Maryland-College Park United States www.umd.edu
The University of Illinois United States www.illinois.edu
The University of Texas at Austin United States www.utexas.edu
Virginia Tech United States www.vt.edu
Stanford University United States www.stanford.edu
University of Bristol United Kingdom www.bristol.ac.uk
University of Cambridge United Kingdom www.cam.ac.uk

Aerospace Engineering Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.jeemain.nic.in
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) May/June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.jeeadv.ac.in
National Engineering Aptitude Test (NEAT/NAT) June Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, www.srde.org
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission (BITSAT) May Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, Logical Reasoning English www.bitsadmission.com/bitsatmain.aspx
Education Promotion Society of India National Admission Test (ENAT) April/May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English www.epsfi.org
Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE) April Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, English www.vit.ac.in
University of Delhi Combined Entrance Exam (DU-CET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.dtu.ac.in
Consortium Medical, Engineering & Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.comedk.org
Admission Test for ICFAI Science & Technology (ATIT) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English www.icfaiuniversity.in/atit/btech_program.html
Indian Institute of Space & Technology Admission Test (ISAT) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.iist.ac.in/admissions/undergraduate
Combined Written Admission Test (CWAT) May/June Botany Zoology Physics, Chemistry, www.acds.co.in
SRM University Engineering Exam (SRMUEE) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.srmuniv.ac.in
Manipal University Online Entrance Exam March/April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.manipal.edu
Indraprastha University Common EntranceTest (IPUCET) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.ipu.ac.in
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) (Postgraduate) Jan/Feb All Branches of engineering www.gate.iisc.ernet.in

Work Description

  • Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircrafts or aerospace systems or equipments
  • Plan or coordinate activities concerned with investigating into and resolving customers' reports of technical problems with aircraft or aerospace vehicles
  • Coordinate activities of engineering or technical personnel involved in designing, modifying, or testing of aerospace products
  • Evaluate product data or design for conformance to engineering principles, customer requirements, environmental regulations, or quality standards
  • Develop design criteria for aeronautical or aerospace products, including testing methods, production costs, quality standards, environmental standards, or completion dates
  • Participate in aerospace research and development programmes
  • Review aerospace engineering designs to determine how to reduce negative environmental impacts

Pros & Cons of a Career in Aerospace Engineering

Pros
  • Job satisfaction is high
  • Work not limited to only space crafts and aircrafts
  • Is rewarding in terms of money
Cons
  • May have to move to locations where work is available
  • Can be a stressful job
  • Is a difficult and extensive subject to study
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