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Career as Aeronautical Engineer

Engineers work as part of a team that maintains the aircrafts and ensures high level of technical precision. Main thrust of the engineering profession lies in design, development, maintenance & teaching of aeronautics.

Job Profile

Career as Aeronautical Engineer
  • Aircraft engineers in civil aviation normally specialise in aeronautical mechanical or electronic engineering.
  • Mechanical engineers service and overhaul engines and airframes.
  • Aeronautical electronic engineers specialise in the maintenance of instruments, electrical and electronic equipment, navigation, radar and radio communication.
  • Flight engineers make pre-flight inspections and are responsible for the efficient performance of the aircraft during the flight. They diagnose and deal with any system failures, manage repairs, report any defects to maintenance and later check that they have been dealt with. They may also be responsible for refuelling.
  • Engineers carry out routine maintenance on the ground during aircraft overhauling at airports
  • They respond to reports from air crew of any difficulties experienced during flights, repairing and making corrections.
  • They also do maintenance and overhaul of aircraft in hangers and workshops when an aircraft is due for its regular inspection and checks.
  • They complete worksheets for checks done and these are certified by themselves if they are licensed to do so, or by a qualified supervisor.
Skills required
  • Strong sense of responsibility
  • Ability to work speedily with accuracy – since aircrafts have to be serviced in a short time
  • Normal colour vision
  • Manual, technical and mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to work as members of a team
  • Physical fitness & good head for heights

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Employment Opportunities

Employment is available with Air India, Pawan Hans, Helicopter Corporation of India and flying clubs, private airlines and government owned air service. Besides airlines, aeronautical engineers get employment in organisations such as Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd, Defence Research and Development Laboratories, National Aeronautical Lab, Aeronautical Development Establishment, Civil Aviation Department and other places.
An increase in research and development facilities within the country offers challenging prospects to aeronautical professionals in fields such as missile development, civil and military aircraft manufacture etc.


1.22 Lakh to 14.6 Lakhs per annum

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Earnings Details

Engineers in government organisations, such as HAL, NAL are paid official scales while those in the private sector are paid according to the scales decided by the management of the company. Airline professionals get fringe benefits of free travel for self and family as well.


Recruiting Companies

  • Aeronautical Development Establishment
  • Air India
  • Civil Aviation Department
  • Defence Research and Development Laboratories
  • Helicopter Corporation of India
  • Hindustan Aeronautical Ltd (HAL)
  • National Aeronautical Lab (NAL)
  • Pawan Hans

How do I get there?

Path 1:

Path 2:

  • Class XII

    Stream: Science (PCM) (Min 50%)

  • 3-Year Course

    Aeronautical Engn. from AeSI

  • Exam

    Associate Membership Exam of AeSI

  • Goal

    Aeronautical Engineer

Path 3:

Path 4:

  • Class XII

    Stream: Science (PCM)

  • Diploma


  • Exam

    Associate Membership Exam of AeSI

  • Goal

    Aeronautical Engineer

After Class XII (PCM):
Aeronautical Engineering can be pursued offering the mechanical and electronics branches as specialised areas of study. Minimum requirement for sitting in the entrance test of the colleges is science subjects (physics, mathematics) at the 10+2 stage. Admission to IIT is by the Joint Entrance Test (JEE- Main). Further specialisation can be pursued at the post-graduate level. Diploma holders in aircraft maintenance engineering  can acquire degrees on clearing the exams of the Aeronautical Society of India.Associate Membership of the Aeronautical Society of India:
Sections A and B of this examination has been recognised by the Ministry of Education, on par with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from an Indian university. The Engineering Council of London grants direct entry in part two of their examination for those who have passed sections A & B..Aeronautical engineering can be studied with this society through correspondence.

Educational qualification for membership examination:
The minimum educational qualification for appearing in this exam is a pass in Class X. Students who have passed the studentship or who have cleared the 10+2 stage with Physics and Maths are eligible for part A. Candidates who have passed a Diploma in Engineering are also eligible for the test.  Airmen of the Indian Airforce and Air technical personnel can appear in the section A of the exam directly.
Section B examination can be taken by the candidates who have completed Section A of the Society or hold a degree in engineering. There are 8 specialist streams in section ‘B’- Aerodynamics/Structural mechanics/Propulsion/Avionics/Production/Maintenance/Navigation and Operation/Communication.
Class XII students with Physics and Maths may enroll for a 3-year course in an Aeronautical Engineering equivalent course for the AMAeSI (Associate Membership of Aeronautical Society of India). Institutes (listed below) conducting the course make arrangements for practical training.

Where to study?

Prestigious Institutes in India

Offering Postgraduate Courses

Offering Other Courses

  • Delhi Institute of Aeronautical Studies
  • Indian Institute of Aeronautical Engineering
  • Institute of Aviation Technology
  • School of Aeronautics

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