Aeronautical Engineering is study, design, and manufacture of machines that can fly, or the techniques of aircraft manufacturing and maintenance. The machinery involves military aircrafts, commercial aircrafts, fight jets, missiles, and spacecrafts.
In simple words, Aeronautical Engineering is the specialized branch of engineering for designing, construction, development, testing, operation and maintenance of both commercial and military aircraft, spacecrafts and their components as well as satellites and missiles.
Scope of Aeronautical Engineering in Pakistan
Scope of Aeronautical Engineers in Pakistan is very good. Although its job opportunities are very limited, but those available offer high and lucrative salary packages. With increasing interests of Pakistan's defense authorities to manufacture local fighter jets like JF 17 thunder and others, opportunities are expanding.
Also in Commercial sector, every airline requires Aeronautical Engineers for maintenance of its aircrafts. So good job opportunities are also available in commercial Air Lines.
Aeronautical Engineering Education
Four Year BSc Engineering degree is offered in Aeronautical Engineering / Aersopace Engineering in Pakistan.
Eligibility Criteria of Aeronautical Engineering
Minimum 60% marks in Matric
Minimum 60% Marks in FSc Pre-engineering or Equivalent
Merit is normally high in the universities which range from 84-90%.
Aeronautical Engineers are hired by all those companies, industries involved in aviation. Following is the list of major employers:
Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra
Missile and Satellite Manufacturing Units
Helicopter Manufacturing Units
PIA & Local Private Airlines like Air Blue, Shaheen Air etc
Pak Army Aviation Corps
Pak Naval Air Arm
International Passenger & Fighter Aircraft Manufacturing Companies
Space Research Centers
Alternate Options to become Aeronautical Engineer
BSc Aeronautical Engineering is not the only choice to become Aeronautical Engineer. But you can also take the following options
Join PAF Aeronautical Engineering course
PAF inducts FSc Pre-engineering students. FSc pre-Engineering students with minimum 65% marks can apply for PAF Aeronautical engineering course. After completion of 3 years training program, graduates are offered BSc Engineering degree from NUST and are employed at PAF mostly at PAF Aeronautical Complex Karma.
BSc Engg in Mechanical Engineering and Related degrees
As Aeronautical Engineering is a sub branch of Mechanical Engineering, a degree in Mechanical engineering and its related fields is a good choice for becoming aeronautical engineer. You can complete your masters in Aeronautical or Aerospace engineering after BSc Engg in the following fields
Some universities also accept Chemical Engineering and Electrical Engineering degree holders for MS in Aeronautical Engineering
Diploma in Aviation Technology
3 years diploma in Aviation Technology is a good choice for those having low marks in Matric and FSc and willing to join Aeronautical industry. Although diploma leads to assistant level and technicians level jobs in Aeronautical industry, but this can be a very good choice who cannot make it on merit for BE Aeronautical Engineering. Salary package of diploma holders is also very high and attractive. Diploma holders can earn 80,000 per month in this industry.