Expert Column on Aerospace Engineering by Dr. Dilip A Shah
As a part of its special feature series on Specialized Engineering Branches, Careers360 brings here Expert Column on Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Dilip A Shah, who is a Senior Professor and Head of Department at Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science (HITS), Hindustan University, shares his valuable insights on the scope of Aerospace Engineering in India and abroad.
Column by Dr. Dilip A Shah
The biggest concern that has plagued the formal education system in India over recent years is the disconnection between industry and academia. Quoting Malcolm Gladwell, a 50 year old Canadian journalist, bestselling author of 5 books and speaker, “The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.”
Same is the case with Aerospace Engineering. It is a specialized branch of engineering that includes course in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME), which is a practically oriented course backed by necessary theory. A requisite for the completion of the course is experience in maintaining and working with aircraft, associated systems, and components. It was with that mindset that a formal course in engineering- a four years long Bachelors in Technology in Aerospace Engineering was introduced.
Aerospace Engineering comprises of various specializations in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering at the bachelors, masters, and research levels. The aim is to develop trained manpower for the industry through Aerospace Engineering and to enable Indian Aeronautics / Aerospace Industry to become independent.
Scope of Aerospace Engineering:
A career in Aerospace is fairly limited in India. The Indian indigenous aerospace sector, monopolized by HAL and NAL, do not have a good track record as far as aircraft developmental programs areconcerned. The Saras, LCA, and Hansa programs are testimonial to this fact. Traditionally, students have left the country to pursue educational and employment opportunities overseas. However, with the advent of reputed private players: IT companies like Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Mahindra Aerospace that bought over GippsAero of Australia, there is an emerging scope for better research and development in India. This however, will take time.
On the other hand, companies like Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab (HTSL), with three campuses across south India: Hyderabad, Bangalore and Madurai, are into software solutions in aviation, including, but not limited to the development & testing of flight controls, and flight management systems, both of which require a strong and deep understanding of aerodynamics. Moog, Boeing, Bombardier, Rockwell Collins and Airbus are other players, which are into system development in India. Statistically, however, most of those absorbed into these companies are not from an aerospace background, but broader streams of engineering such as Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Sciences.
Thus, there is a great need of trained and expert Aerospace Engineers, who are capable of performing varied specialized tasks and bring growth in the Aerospace Industry.
sources :engineering careers360