Aeronautical Engineering Technology

Aeronautical Engineering Technology Students work with state of the art tools on and gain hands on experience with high-tech aircraft

AET Students work in small groupsAirplanes are complex mechanical marvels, utilizing several different disciplines of science, engineering and mathematics. A degree in aeronautical engineering technology will provide you with the skills and knowledge to create and maintain these machines as well as improve the quality of life for those who depend on and use them. Over the course of the program you will learn how to design, manufacture, maintain, operate and support all varieties of aerospace vehicles. 

Special Features:

  • Learn in small, close-knit classes that feature individualized attention
  • Be more marketable to employers by preparing for and taking the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic certificate exam
  • Combine flight training with aerospace technology courses
  • Work in industry-standard labs to gain the best hands-on experience
  • Utilize the program’s stellar reputation and coursework to provide greater chances at employment after graduation
  • Get involved with nine different student organizations specifically for aviation students
Christopher Swan Alumni Profile
My aviation technology degree gave me the technical language skills needed to have credibility from the shop floor to the engineering office. The right mix of technical and hands on experience has been vital to my success.
Christopher Swan
Aeronautical Engineering Technology '81

Placement Data

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Average Salary
24 62.5% 100% $54,020

Potential Job Titles

  • Airframe design engineer
  • Director of aviation maintenance
  • Logistics engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Integration engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Composites engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Quality manager
  • Alternative aviation fuels and their use
  • Advanced aircraft automation
  • Air traffic control technologies, procedures, air traffic management and controller
  • Communications of aircraft malfunctions between flight, maintenance, and technical support personnel
  • Radio frequency identification

In addition to the fees charged to all Purdue students (technology fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee), students in the College of Technology pay a differential general service fee of $286.00 each semester.

Full information about tuition and fees is available on the Purdue Bursar’s Office Web site.

Aviation is not a stationary, localized discipline; it is far-reaching and global. Part of the educational experience for aviation students includes a globalization requirement, which can be met one of three ways:

  • participate in a study abroad program for an entire semester
  • take an approved course overseas
  • participate in a faculty-led study trips for credit.

These globalization experiences are designed to provide students with an international experience and perspective as they prepare for careers in a global industry.

The globalization requirement may also be met by proving foreign language competence or by submitting proof of at least seven days of international travel or residence since his or her 12th birthday.

The list of study abroad programs, internship and service learning options is updated annually.

In the past, AET students have taken advantage of internships in Sydney and London, experiences in Germany, and aviation tours of Europe.