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Aerospace Engineering

What is Aerospace Engineering?

  • It is a multidisciplinary and wide field of study mainly in Physics, Mathematics and many other subjects required for designing aircraft, spacecraft, space shuttles, missiles, satellites, and similar things.   

  • It happens to be a very highly skilled and demanding area of study

  • Since the scope of the subject is very great and accurate it calls for a very high degree of precision and refinements. Extensive and diverse in nature it happens to be a very critical area of work

  • It can be further classified into two major fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. There is also an Avionics field which deals with the electronics aspects of aerospace engineering.

How is it different from Aeronautical Engineering?

Aeronautical Engineering is a field associated with designing aircraft of different categories and propulsion systems. On the other hand, Aerospace Engineering is a field that is concerned with anything human-made that moves in air or space like aircraft, spacecraft, and satellites. 

Where can one study B. Tech or B.E. (Aerospace Engineering)?

Best Colleges/Institutes offering B. Tech or B.E. in Aerospace Engineering: 

  • IIT, Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras, Kanpur, Thiruvananthapuram and Patna

  • Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai

  • Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

Popular Colleges/Institutes offering B. Tech or B.E. in Aerospace Engineering: 

  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai

  • Hindustan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chennai

  • Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.

  • Nehru College of Aeronautical and Applied Science, Coimbatore.

  • School of Aviation Science and Technology, New Delhi

  • RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

  • BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.

What are the specializations Areas in Aerospace Engineering after completing B.Tech or B.E. in Aerospace Engineering?

The following specialization areas are open after doing B. E. (Aerospace Engineering), i.e. in M.Tech:

  • Aerodynamics

  • Aerospace Propulsion

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Spaceflight mechanics

  • Aircraft Propulsion

  • Space Engineering and Rocketry

What are the Job Prospects after acquiring B.E. in Aerospace Engineering?

As has been stated in the beginning Aerospace Engineering develops your skills not only in the aeronautical area but also in handling movements in outer space.

Thus this is a very rapidly growing field since the Aerospace Engineer is needed in:

  • Military applications

  • Space research use

  • Commercial aviation – and as is known this sector is growing in leaps and bounds all across the globe

  • DRDO & HAL recruits Aerospace Engineers based on your GATE examination score

What is the expected Salary at the start?

  • Average salary in India is Rs 799,221/yr

  • Average early career salary with 1-4 years’ experience is Rs 660,273/yr

  • Average mid career salary with 5-9 years experience is Rs. 969,685 /yr

  • Average salary of senior professionals with 10-19 years’ experience is Rs.1,301,028/yr

Who are the top recruiters in this field? 

The following organizations recruit Aerospace Engineers in large numbers:

  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

  • National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)

  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

  • Defense Research And Development Organization (DRDO)

  • Boeing

  • Airbus

What are the growth prospects for a B. E. (Aerospace Engineering)? 

The scope for aerospace engineers has been increasing in India and across the globe. 

  • After completing B.E./ B.Tech students can opt for M.Tech and Ph.D. in this field. 

  • Students may appear for the GATE examination, to get through high pay jobs in PSUs. Prestigious institutes like IITs, IIIT’s, and NITs also consider GATE score. 

  • Professionals in this field can find higher positions in aircraft, spacecraft, and satellite manufacturing industry. 

  • Professionals can also find positions in research wings of government and private organizations related to this field. 

  • Or they may opt for research, design & development related to this field. 

What kinds of books and study materials are available for the entrance examinations? 

  • Mock tests available online

  • Study materials available from the popular training institutes

  • NCERT syllabuses of physics, chemistry, and mathematics

Some popular books are as follows: 

  • Problems in General Physics by Igor Irodov

  • Fundamentals of Physics by Resnick and Hallyday

  • Advanced Problems in Organic Chemistry by M.S. Chouhan

  • Concise Inorganic Chemistry by J.D. Lee

  • The Elements of Coordinate Geometry by S.L Loney

  • 16 years’ Solved Papers of JEE Main by Arihant Experts 

Interesting facts about Aerospace Engineering 

  • Robbert H. Goddart designed and successfully tested the first liquid-propellant rocket in 1926.  

  • A 747-400 aeroplane contains almost 171 miles of wiring in its whole body!