Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering
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Know that facing dilemmas in life is a good thing. Because only then we explore and strive to decide the best out of many!

But you don’t have to face all these things alone! How to decide and pick one between Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering?
Head on to our blogs that bring deeper insight on this confusion if you shall pick one of these airplanes related engineering or not depending on your area of interest!

For those of you, who are confused to pick one from these two, here is a parallel drawn between these two:
parallel drawn between these two
S.No Criteria Aerospace Engineering Aeronautical Engineering
1. Work Nature Deals in exclusive work of aircrafts, weapons and/or spacecraft. Exclusive work with aircrafts.
2. Specialisation Designing of vehicles, systems and structures that operate in both air and in space. Like aircrafts, spacecraft, satellites and missiles. Designing vehicles that operate within the earth’s atmosphere.
3. Basic Course needs ● 4-year B.Tech course
● Masters of Aerospace Engineering (MAE) for 3 years
M.SC. in Aerospace Engineering/Astronautics.
● 3-year diploma course
4 year B.E./B.Tech course
● ME/M.Tech for 2 years
4. Skills Needed ● Analytical thinking
● Critical thinking
● Maths Skills
● Business Skills
● Problem Solving
● Writing Skills
● Out of box thinking
● Creative Thinking
● Analytical Skills
● Flexibility
5. Job Roles ● Manufacturing and testing aircraft, space shuttles or weapons.
● Developing new technologies for aerospace crafts, satellites or missiles.
● Developing systems for aircrafts.
● Overlooking the process of parts manufacturing and aircrafts.
● Ensuring construction of a safe aircraft.
● Products’ thorough assessment.
● Potential issues identification.
6. Salary ● At entry-level: 6 lakhs+
● Graduate from IIT or similar reputed institution: 15 lakhs+
● Engineer with experience: 20 to 30 lakhs
● $ 107,700 (average per year in abroad).
● At entry-level : an average of 5-6 lakhs
● Graduate from IIT or similar reputed institution: 10-15 lakhs
● Engineer with 10-15 years of experience : 20+ lakhs
● $83,000 to $1,50,000(average per year in abroad)
Similarities between Aerospace and Aeronautical engineering:

Both these fields show some similarities as well and these are:
  1. Developing design proposals for vehicles
  2. Making sure the vehicles are safe and functional
  3. Specialists working in different functions of the aircraft or weapon like navigation systems etc.
Job hotspots for Aeronautical Engineers

Works for Commercial Airline Companies and Manufacturers.
  1. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  2. Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDO)
  3. Civil Aviation Department
  4. Air India
  5. Tata Advanced Systems
  6. Mahindra Aerospace
  7. Taneja Aerospace
  8. L&T
  9. Samtel Avionics
  10. Pawan Hans Helicopters
  11. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA)
  12. Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE)
  13. Boeing
  14. Lockheed-Martin
  15. Airbus
Works for Commercial Airline Companies and Manufacturers.
Job hotspots for Aeronautical Engineers

Recruited by reputed space and research centres like NASA or ISRO.
  1. NASA
  2. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)
  3. Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDO)
  4. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
  5. National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)
  6. Civil Aviation department
  7. Private airlines
  8. Flight clubs
  9. Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA)
  10. Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE)
  11. National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)
  12. Tata Advanced Systems
  13. Taneja Aerospace
  14. Mahindra Aerospace
  15. Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T)
  16. General Electric (GE)
Recruited by reputed space and research centres like NASA or ISRO.

Aerospace Engineering Universities

  1. Indian Institute of Space Science & Technology, Kerala
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  3. International Institute for Aerospace Engineering and Management, IIAEM Bangalore
  4. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  5. University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
  6. MIT
  7. Stanford
  8. Delft University of Technology
Aerospace Engineering Universities

Aeronautical Engineering Universities

  1. IIT Bombay
  2. IIT Madras
  3. IIT Kharagpur
  4. IIT Kanpur
  5. Indian Institute of Science
  6. University of Petroleum and Studies, Dehradun
  7. Hindustan University
Aeronautical Engineering Universities

Fun Facts!

  1. 12th background with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is a must for Aerospace engineering and Aeronautical engineering(with good percentage!)
  2. Students with Master’s degree under both fields can pursue PhDs for specialised skills and expertise.
  3. Aeronautics engineers are 10th among the top 20 highest paying jobs in the U.S based on mid-career pay!
  4. Aeronautical engineering is an emerging field of engineering study

Did you know?

    1. Abroad an aerospace engineer earns $ 107,700 a year.
    2. Aeronautical Engineering is a specialised branch of engineering and one of the best undergraduate programs in aviation.
    3. Aerospace is a Broader branch of engineering where students learn about the analysis, synthesis, and design of aeronautical and aerospace vehicles.
    4. Both engineers work directly within the aerospace industry, designing and developing flight-worthy aircraft.
    5. Aeronautical Engineers must possess expertise in aeroacoustics or fluid dynamics. It means they should be well aware with the science of noise generation, turbulence, propagation, interaction with structures, and reception from fluid motion. The subjects would provide insight into turbulence, fluid dynamics, mathematics, and computing.
    6. Aerospace Engineers should have expert knowledge in aero or thermodynamics. It means the study of the exchange of heat between solids and gases, importantly of the heating effect on aircraft flying through the air at very high speeds.
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