Career in M Tech Aerospace Engineering
Career in M Tech Aerospace Engineering is primarily meant for those who have completed B Tech in Aerospace Engineering. Firstly, career after M Tech has promising future because of the reason that research institutions, academic institutions etc. seek post graduate students who want to pursue a bright career after M Tech. Mechanical Engineers can also make a bright career by doing M Tech Aerospace Engineering after B Tech, and some industrial experience. After B Tech Aerospace Engineering, most of the students may get placed in the aviation industry. But if you wish to continue with further studies in aerospace engineering, you should be pursuing an M Tech in a good institution with excellent infrastructure and facilities. As we all know, aerospace is full of experiments and exploring further possibilities in space.
Humans have always been explorer, so is with the space!
M Tech Aerospace Engineering programme includes core courses in the areas of aerodynamics, space technology, design, propulsion and structures. Most of the institutions offer elective courses related with specialized areas in aerospace engineering. Candidates with specializations other than aeronautical / aerospace engineering may have to undergo certain basic core courses during the first semester to adapt with the aerospace engineering courses offered in higher semesters. Advanced courses in the specialized area may be followed by research, leading to a thesis on a topic in the area. Also note that problems of multidisciplinary nature may be suitably taken up for thesis. Some institutions provide opportunities for aeronautical / aerospace graduates to opt for other courses in lieu of basic core courses. There are several software and experimental facilities in aerodynamics, propulsion, guidance/ control and structures for project work.
M Tech Aerospace Engineering students will have to do experiments to acquire actual flying experience. A career after M Tech Aerospace Engineering may be to pursue Ph.D program also. But this may be done by a chosen few.
Candidates for admission in the M.Tech program in Aerospace Engineering must have a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical / Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Electrical, Electronics/Electronics and Communication, Automobile, Metallurgy/Metallurgy and Material Science. These are the common norms by IITs.
M Tech Aerospace Engineering Specializations
Before jumping into specializations in M Tech Aerospace Engineering, let’s look at the courses offered: Most of the curriculum in M Tech Aerospace Engineering offer courses such as Aerodynamics, Aerospace Structures, Propulsion and Combustion, Flight Mechanic & Controls, Machine Computation Laboratory. Contents may be the advanced versions of what has been taught and learned in the B Tech Aerospace Engineering. Since M Tech is a two year programme, you can utilize summer vacation after the first year for participating in industrial projects or going for internships. Following are some of the specializations in M Tech Aerospace Engineering, offered by some of the IITs:
- Aerodynamics: focusing on High Speed Aerodynamics, Low Speed Aerodynamics, Hypersonics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, CFD / High Performance Computing, Flapping Flight
- Propulsion: focusing on Turbo machinery, Combustion, Flame, Active and Passive Flow Control, Micro Air Vehicles
- Aerospace Structures: with focus on Composite Structures, Smart Structures and Optimization, Computational Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics, Random Vibration, Structural Dynamics and Aeroelasticity, Helicopter Dynamics and Aeroelasticity. Autonomous Helicopter
- Flight Mechanics: including Space Dynamics, Flight Control
- Dynamics & Control: Flight mechanics, guidance, navigation, tracking and control of launch vehicles, missiles, aircraft, mini aerial vehicles (MAV), integrated navigation systems, airborne and space borne sensors and precisiontracking systems, Hardware In Loop Simulation, Cooperative missions for MAVs.
Career after M Tech Aerospace Engineering
If you want to choose M Tech as the end of your learning career, you should choose to get placed in the aviation industry. I would suggest trying for the government organizations because of the job security, the current boom in the aviation industry that will last for a long. There are numerous possibilities in defence and military. If you wish to pursue further research leading to Ph.D, you may choose to have the following as your career after M Tech Aerospace Engineering.
Major Thrust Areas of Research:
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and related Technologies – an emerging technology that is most necessary in military and war systems
- Smart and Composite Structure
- Experimental and Computational Research on Turbulent Flows
- Propulsion & Combustion
- Flight Dynamics & Control
Most IITs offering M Tech Aerospace Engineering will have sponsored research projects from different sponsoring agencies such as Aeronautics R & D Board, DRDO, DRDL, DST, Aeronautical Development Agency, Indian Space Research Organization, Indian Railway and others. There are several consultancy opportunities funded by above agencies including Delhi Metro Railways Corporation, NAL, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR), TERI, PCRA, etc. Choosing such institutions will give you an excellent exposure to space engineering.
Expected infrastructure and facilities
A best college to pursue M Tech Aerospace Engineering can be chosen on the basis of lab facilities that focuses on various research and academic activities. Some of them are – High Speed and Low Speed Aerodynamics Lab, Propulsion Lab, Combustion Lab, Fire Lab, Structures Lab, Aeromodelling Lab, Unsteady Aerodynamics Lab, Autonomous Helicopter Lab, CFD Lab, High Performance Computing Lab, Structural Analysis Lab, Flight Lab, etc. The experimental facilities include several low speed wind tunnels, a high speed blow down tunnel, high speed jet facility, anechoic chamber for noise measurements, hot wire and laser Doppler anemometry; facility for static and dynamic tests of materials, cascade tunnel, continuous combustion unit and gas turbine test rig; Gas Chromatograph. Flight laboratory, with four powered airplanes and several gliders and an operational aerodrome for flight research.