“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill” – Wilbur Wright, Aviation Pioneer/Inventor
Are you highly proficient in Mathematics and Physics? Captivated by the history and methodology behind airplanes, aircrafts or flying machines? Then pursuing a higher education in the field of Aeronautical Engineering might be right for you.
Today, the field of study is one of two major and overlapping branches of Aerospace Engineering, with Astronautical Engineering following it. Aeronautical Engineering involves the research, design, development, construction, testing, science and technology of aircraft. Students are taught to investigate aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft which include factors such as airfoil, control surfaces, lift and drag. Undergraduates often start with building a solid foundation in subjects required for the designing, building and testing of aircrafts which consists of mathematics, physics, mechanics and electronics during their first year. Students expand their foundation learning and specialisation as they advance through the course with degree specialisations include Aerodynamics, Aeroelasticity, Composites Analysis, Avionics, Propulsion, Structures and Materials, Statics and Dynamics, Software, Solid Mechanics, and Aeroacoustics.
Careers in Aeronautical Engineering
Some popular Aeronautical Engineering careers include Aeronautical Engineer, Aeronautical Researcher, Aeronautical Designer, Aeronautical Maintenance Technician, and Aeronautical Consultant. Graduates could also choose a specific area of aeronautical engineering to specialise in such as Propulsion, Avionics, Composite Aircraft Structures, Systems Integration, Aerodynamics and Materials and Structures, Developer of Fixed Wing, Rotary-wing, Aircraft Engineering, Missiles, Software and Rocket Engine. Similarly, graduates may pursue a management role such as Passenger or Cargo Airline Operator Executive.
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Institutions with Chemical Engineering
There are a number of universities in the world that offer outstanding Aeronautical Engineering courses (accredited by The Royal Aeronautical Society licensed by the Engineering Council). Several Universities in the UK are placed in the *Top 100 in the World which includes The University of Manchester, The University of Sheffield, University of Bristol, and University of Leeds.
Other highly-recognised institutions in the region comprise of University of Bath, University of Southampton, Loughborough University, University of Surrey, and University of Nottingham. Students interested in pursuing a higher education in this field in Australia or New Zealand may consider The Australian National University, The University of Auckland, or The University of Sydney that similarly ranks in the *Top 100 in the World.
*Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 (Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering)
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