Engineering is a skill of acquiring and applying scientific, economic, social knowledge in order to create structures, devices, machines or processes. One who practices engineering is called an engineer. Each year close to 12 lakh students appear for the AIEEE nationwide to get a seat in one of the 2000 engineering colleges in India. With more than 4 lakh engineering students graduating each year, India today produces the largest number of engineers across the globe. Engineering students till date, are considered to be the most sought after community in the professional world. Apart from the traditional branches of engineering like mechanical, electrical and chemical, Aeronautical engineering is today gaining a lot of interest within the student community and the industry.
Aeronautical Engineering is a branch of Aerospace Engineering that deals with the design and construction of aircrafts, i.e. crafts that stay within the Earth's atmosphere. Astronautical Engineering, the other half, deals with crafts that operate outside the atmosphere. Aeronautical Engineering as a subject involves the study of mathematics and physical science to perform research, design, development, testing and launching of air crafts. Some of the top aeronautical engineering in the country include Institute of Aeronautical Engineering, Hyderabad, IIT Kanpur, IIT Mumbai along with IIT Chennai and Punjab Engineering College amongst others. However, the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is well known for its aerospace department, one can get a degree upto the post graduate level as well.
An Aeronautical Engineer can grow into becoming a specialist like Aerospace designer or analyst, Flight navigator or First pilot officer, aerodynamics analyst or aircraft maintenance. They are usually hired by aircraft companies. Huge aircraft giants have set up their units in Bangalore, Chennai and other metro cities, thus creating a plethora of opportunities for not only aeronautical engineers but also engineers from other branches like mechanical, electrical and chemical.
Some of the major companies that hire such engineers include giants like Honeywell, Airbus, and Quest. Indian Airforce cannot be ignored as well. International companies that hire Indian engineering students right from their college campuses include names like Airbus UK, Spirit Aerospace system, Boeing and not to forget NASA.