Aeronautical engineering is a specialist discipline that branches into aircraft and aerospace engineering.
A division of aerospace engineering, aeronautical engineering focuses on applying physics, mathematics and other disciplines in order to construct aircraft. Aeronautical engineers work to make sure propulsion systems operate efficiently and that aircraft's aerodynamic performance is sufficient. Aspiring aeronautical engineers should get their bachelor's degree in aeronautical or aerospace engineering, though some related majors may be sufficient.
What do they do?
An aeronautical engineer is involved in design, manufacture, testing and engineering. S/he updates components, and ensures that all documents concerning regulator y compliance are in place. However, it is licensed aircraft maintenance engineers and not aeronautical engineers who are authorised to inspect, maintain and certify aircraft.
- High levels of patience and perseverance required to work long hours
- One should have a love for flying machines
- Good communication skills
- One should be a hard worker
How do I get there?
Take science with physics, chemistry and maths (PCM) in Class 12. Then go for a degree/diploma programme in aeronautical engineering. If you cannot join a conventional college, take ASIe’s Associate Membership Examination, conducted every six months, leading to a qualification equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering. Aspirants should have passed Class 12 with 50 per cent marks each in PCM. Of the 4,000 enrolees taking the exam, a hundred make the grade. ASI gives meritorious candidates a monthly stipend of R3,000 while they get on-the-job training