Aeronautical Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering

Degrees offered: B.E /B.Tech, B.Voc., Diploma, Dual Degree, M.E /M.Tech., M.S, Ph.D

What is Aeronautical Engineering

One of the popular branches of engineering is the Aeronautical Engineering Course. Aeronautics is derived from Greek words ‘Aer’ and ‘Nautike’ which mean ‘air’ and ‘navigation of the air’ respectively. Aeronautical engineering is the specialized branch of engineering and study of science that deals with design, construction, maintenance of various aircrafts and their components. Candidates who have an inclination towards airplanes and their mechanisms can opt to study aeronautical engineering.  Very few colleges offer aeronautical engineering in India while many offer aerospace engineering which is closely related. 

On an average an Aeronautical Engineer earns a salary of Rs 5-6 lakhs per annum, however with growth in qualification and experience this amount goes on increasing.  Aeronautical engineering syllabus includes topics like Aerospace Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Aircraft Structures, Thermodynamics, Fluid Dynamics and Mechanics, Flight Mechanics and Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Avionics Navigation to name a few. 

Candidates pursuing aeronautical engineering courses can specialize in fields like aerodynamics, celestial mechanics, thermodynamics, propulsion among others. Candidates pursuing aeronautical engineering are expected to possess certain skills as mentioned below.

  • Speed and accuracy – since aircrafts have to be serviced in a short time

  • Manual, technical and mechanical aptitude

  • Strong sense of responsibility

  • Alertness and presence of mind

  • Must have leadership qualities but also be able to work in team

  • Normal colour vision

  • Physical fitness and good height 

  • Strong analytical ability

For more information on Aeronautical Engineering courses such as, eligibility criteria, course, scope, subjects, job profiles, top recruiters and average salary, candidates are advised to refer to the article that follows.

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Aeronautical Engineering

All those candidates who wish to pursue their undergraduate, postgraduate or diploma degree in Aeronautical Engineering Course are required to fulfil below-mentioned eligibility criteria for the same. Only those candidates who fulfil these eligibility conditions will be eligible to take admission in the aforementioned course.

  • Since the course is offered in most of the engineering colleges, thus, candidates are required to qualify in JEE Mains and JEE Advanced by securing the minimum qualifying percentile.

  • Candidates must secure a minimum aggregate percentage of 70-75 in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in their 10+2 or equivalent from a recognised board/university.

  • Those candidates who have a diploma in aircraft maintenance engineering have the provision of acquiring degrees in Aeronautical Engineering course by qualifying the examination conducted by Aeronautical Society of India.

  • In order to get admission in the Postgraduate and Doctoral Programmes, candidates must have completed their bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

  • There are also institutes like IITs, IISc and other Science Research institutions which accept scores received in the GATE examination. Candidates are required to qualify the aforementioned examination with the minimum qualifying percentile for admission in the same.

Apart from this candidates will also be required to fulfil eligibility criteria  of individual institutes and colleges in which they wish to take admission. 

Scope of Aeronautical Engineering in India and Abroad

Candidates who are aspiring to make a career in defence and aviation industry must pursue Aeronautical Engineering Course which is a  well known branch for them. The scope requires candidates with certain skills mandatorily in them which include keen observation and strong calculative skills. Candidates must first select a good college, study hard in order to get a seat in the same and then complete their Aeronautical Engineering syllabus with complete dedication. This is also because this  course involves a lot of practical learning, in which lack of attention can risk the lives of many. 

The scope of Aeronautical Engineering course is very varied where candidates have a job profile of Aeronautical Engineer with many specializations such as Aeronautic Electronic Engineers, Aeronautic Mechanical Engineer, Aeronautic Mechanical Engineers, Flight Engineers, Assistant Aircraft Engineers, Aerospace Designer Checker. These job roles are offered by recruiters such as Air India, Defence Research and Development Laboratories, Helicopter Corporation of India, Pawan Hans, Indian Air Force, Private Airlines among others.

In the beginning, such engineers are designated as Junior Engineers or Graduate Engineer Trainees. Aeronautical engineers are hired in countries like the US, UK, France and Germany. It must also be noted that there are a significant number of Indian Aeronautical Engineers in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Course Fees Aeronautical Engineering

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
70.00 K
B.E /B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering at Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
51.22 K
B.E /B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering at Anna University, Chennai
18.68 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering at Amity University, Noida
6.40 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering at Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute, Chennai
90.00 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering at PB College of Engineering, Kancheepuram
60.60 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
10.52 Lakhs
B.E /B.Tech in Aeronautical Engineering at Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
60.60 K
M.E /M.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineering at Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram
17.40 K
Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering at SSB Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Chitrada
Data not available
4.18 Lakhs
Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj College of Aviation Technology, Ambajogai
Data not available

Course Subjects

The syllabus of Aeronautical Engineering course is vast and candidates need to burn many midnight lamps in order to complete the same. In the table that follows, topics covered under Aeronautical Engineering syllabus are mentioned for the convenience of candidates. 

Aeronautical Engineering Course Subjects



Flight Dynamics

Engineering Physics

Aircraft Structures

Engineering Chemistry

Control Engineering

Computer Programming

Environmental Science and Engineering

Engineering Graphics

Aircraft Structures Laboratory

Computer Practices Laboratory

Communication and Soft Skills- Laboratory Based

Engineering Practices Laboratory

Principles of Management

Physics and Chemistry Laboratory

Finite Element Methods

Transforms and Partial Differential Equations

Vibrations and Elements of Aeroelasticity

Manufacturing Technology

Composite Materials and Structures

Aero Engineering Thermodynamics

Aircraft Materials and Processes

Fluid Mechanics and Machinery

Aero Engine and Airframe

Solid Mechanics

Aircraft Design Project

Elements of Aeronautics

Computer Aided Simulation

Strength of Materials Laboratory

Total Quality Management

Fluid Mechanics and Machinery Laboratory


Thermodynamics Laboratory

Computational Fluid Dynamics

CAM and Manufacturing Laboratory

Experimental Stress Analysis

Numerical Methods

Aircraft Design Project


Aircraft Systems Laboratory

Aircraft Systems and Instruments

Flight Integration Systems and Control Laboratory

Mechanics of Machines

Wind Tunnel Techniques

Aircraft Structures


Aircraft Structures Laboratory

Aerodynamics Laboratory

Careers in Aeronautical Engineering

Candidates pursuing aeronautical engineering can make a career in aircraft, airplanes, jet planes and space shuttles’ engineering, management and maintenance. It is indeed one of the challenging fields in engineering and requires a lot of theoretical as well as practical knowledge. Aeronautical engineers deal with technology and development in aviation, defence and exploration systems. 

There are numerous benefits of making a career in aeronautical engineering fields for multiple reasons which are:

  • Reputation

  • Respect

  • Challenging and adventurous roles

  • Handsome salary

  • Other applied benefits and luxuries

  • High standard of living

Candidates having interest in any of the following aerospace product may choose to specialise in the same

  • Rockets

  • Missiles

  • Helicopters

  • Military jets

A recent report suggests that employment in the field of Aeronautical Engineering is expected to increase 6 per cent from 2016 to 2026. We can already see the inclination of every nation towards reaching or crossing numerous boundaries in the air. Thus, this is going to increase the demand of such candidates who have pursued Aeronautical Engineering Course both nationally and internationally. 

Certifications for Aeronautical Engineering

Certificate in Aeroelasticity
Certificate in FEA and ANSYS
Certificate in Gas Turbine Engineering
Certificate Linear & Non linear Modeling
Computational Fluid Dynamics & Training Certificate
Professional Simulation Engineer

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

Aspirants can look below for the top job profiles as well as top recruiters in the field of Aeronautical Engineering course. This will help them have an idea of where they can apply and what their job description can be.

Job Profiles after Aeronautical Engineering Course

The first job profile that candidates can secure for themselves is that of aeronautical engineers. Furthermore, designation can be varied as per the job profile like aeronautic electronic engineers, aeronautic mechanical engineer, aeronautic mechanical engineers, flight engineers, assistant aircraft engineers and aerospace designer checkers. A detailed description can be seen below.

Aeronautical Engineers - In this job profile the candidates are trained to design aircrafts. The key role of their job is to design aircrafts, propulsion systems, and to also study the aerodynamic performance of the construction materials and the aircraft.

Aeronautic Electronic Engineers - Such engineers are responsible for handling and maintenance of the electronic equipment that are used for radar, radio communication and navigation.

Aeronautic Mechanical Engineers - The maintenance of the engines of the aircraft and other equipment is the responsibility of this profile. Engineers with this profile regularly service and monitor the aircraft engines.

Flight Engineers - Engineers who are responsible for smooth and successful take off and landing of an aircraft are flight engineers. Their responsibilities include pre inspection of the aircraft, reporting and solving issues while the aircraft is in flight, managing repairs and system failures and such that ensures the aircraft is in good condition.

Assistant Aircraft Engineers - As the job designation suggests, such engineers assist the Aeronautical Engineers in performing their job roles in an efficient manner. 

Aerospace Design Checker - The job description of candidates having this profile is to test, design, construct, develop an aircraft. 

Aeronautical Engineering Course - Top Recruiters 

Top recruiters in aeronautical engineering are from government as well as private sectors. Recruitment of a candidate in the aeronautical engineering sector is in these firms based on the qualifications and experience. Candidates can check some of the top recruiters from both the sectors.

Ministry of Civil Aviation - This is a government entity. The Ministry of  Civil Aviation exercises administrative control over Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udan Academy. Affiliated Public Sector Undertakings like National Aviation Company of India Ltd, Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited also come under the ministry. 

Directorate General of Civil Aviation - Attached to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA as it is known regulates Civil Aviation. Regulation of air transport services, enforcement of civil air regulations, air safety and airworthiness standards come under its purview. It also co-ordinates with International Civil Aviation Organizations on all regulatory issues and guidelines.

Aeronautical Development Establishment - A laboratory under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO),  the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is responsible for design and development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles including Aeronautical Systems and technologies. These state of art vehicles and systems are for the Indian Armed forces. Some of the areas of expertise include Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Flight simulators, Pilotless target aircraft and Flight control systems.

Air India - Owned by Air India Limited, this is the national carrier of the country. A government-owned enterprise, it operates a fleet of Airbuses and Boeing aircrafts serving many domestic and international destinations.

Defence Research and Development Laboratories - This is a  Missile System laboratory, with thrust on design. Defence Research and Development Laboratories deals with development and flight evaluation of various types of Missile Systems for the Indian armed forces.

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) - A state-owned aerospace and defence company governed by the Ministry of Defence, HAL looks after design, development, manufacture, repair and overhaul of aircrafts as well as helicopters. In addition, engines and related systems like avionics, instruments and accessories are also included in its services.

CSIR National Aeronautics Lab (NAL) - National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) is a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India. NAL develops aerospace technologies and design to build small, medium sized civil aircraft. It also offers support to all national aerospace programmes.

Pawan Hans - Pawan Hans Limited is a helicopter service company based in New Delhi, India. Pawan Hans is a Mini Ratna-I category PSU.Miniratna Category-I are those companies which have made profits continuously for the last three years or earned a net profit of Rs. 30 crore or more in one of the three years. PSU are public sector undertakings or public sector enterprises.

Indian Air Force - The Indian Air Force is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict.

Private Airlines - These are those airlines which have private ownership of a person or group of people in partnership.

Questions related to Aeronautical Engineering

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how to be a pilot wt qualifications needed

Guljabin Quadri 22nd Feb, 2021


Qualifications to become a pilot:

  1. Minimum qualification: SSC or HSC.
  2. Minimum Age: 18 years.
  3. Excellent English language skills.
  4. Very high physical and mental fitness standards as defined by Indian Air Force.
  5. You need to pass entrance exams to qualify for basic airman training with Indian Air Force.


Hey sir;I am pcmc student in 12th grade which course should I opt to get into aeronautical or space engineer in abroad and also which all the entrance exam l should attempt..... Plzz help me in my career

Aditi amrendra Student Expert 15th Feb, 2021

First of all try to get very good grades/marks in your 12th board.Try to get 90+ marks in Physics and Mathematics. Then after completing 12th you should have IELTS or TOEFL score of minimum 6.0.
When it comes to which country then Russia is considered to be the best country for studying masters or graduation in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering and then ofcourse USA is also one of the best for admissions.

I hope this helps.

any good college in Gujarat that has aerospace/ aeronautical engineering??

Koustav Dey 4th Feb, 2021


Here are some of the colleges in Gujrat that provide BTech in Aerospace/ Aeronautical engineering

  • Silver oak College of Engineering and Technology, Ahmedabad
  • Parul Institute of engineering and Technology, Vadodara
  • Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Anand
  • Parul University, Vadadara
  • Aditya Silver Oak Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad
  • Adishwar College of Technology, Gandhinagar
  • Bhagwan Arihant Institute of Technology, Surat

To know all the details about these colleges check the link below

Good luck!


does NIT offers aeronautical engineering and avionical engineering???? please tell me

ayan mukherjee 6th Feb, 2021

Dear aspirant,

There are very few nits that offers aeronautical engineering and so i will list down for your convenience.

1- National institute of technology, Warangal

2-National institute of technology,Silchar

3-National institute of technology,patna

If you are able to grab Warangal then it would be best for you.


aeronautical engineering eligibility

Hrisheekesh Singh 30th Jan, 2021

HI student,

I think you forgot to mention the name of college or university you are referring to.

For any general college or university, if you search that college on Careers360 App or website than you will get to know all about the college details like Courses, facilities, reviews, ratings and much more......

I am sure that you will get to know the eligibility criteria for Aeronautical Engineering in that particular college.

Generally, the criteria is 60% in PCM and adequete marks in respective entrance exam

Refer here for list of colleges - Aeronautical Engineering Colleges in India – Courses, Fees, Reviews, Location, Ownership (

Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!

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