Aeronautical Engineering is a well-known branch of engineering that attracts students with an interest in airplanes and their mechanism. The primary job of an Aeronautical Engineer is to devise aircraft and propulsion systems, but with time, the engineer is given many more responsibilities to carry out. Recruitment opportunities are available in defense services and the aviation industry.
Aircraft mechanical engineering is basically divided into two main parts, airframes, and engines. Airframes are a branch of engineering that basically deals with the whole body of the aircraft excluding engines and avionics. These are personnel that deals with repair and maintenance of the whole aircraft and its related systems. Engineers in this field will basically deal with structures and systems that either operate or are associated with operating systems of the fuselage, flight controls, landing gear, etc. A person who Professional qualifies in this area is awarded aircraft maintenance engineers license (AMEL CAT ‘A’)) by the civil authority of his/her country. In Kenya, we have Kenya civil aviation authority.
Aircraft engines engineer or power plant engineer as commonly known is a mechanical engineer of the aircraft that deals with engines and the associated systems.
The primary role of the engine on the aircraft is to provide a force (power) to move the aircraft forward. As such an engineer who is specialized in aircraft engines work would be to repair and maintain these engines and their associated systems to the highest standard possible. This person must work hand in hand with the airframes engineer and avionics engineer to ensure the mechanical safety of the airplane is guaranteed. Professional qualification in this area is a license in aircraft maintenance engineers l (AMEL CAT ‘C’) awarded by the local authority, In Kenya, we have Kenya civil aviation authority. The two careers are trained in Kenya aeronautical college. See units covered and fees structure.
KENYA AERONAUTICAL COLLEGE WILL TRAIN YOU FOR A DIPLOMA WHICH IS ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION. AFTER ATTAINING YOUR DIPLOMA YOU WILL PROCEED ON FOR INTERNSHIP/PRACTICE FOR THREE YEARS BEFORE YOU QUALIFY FOR YOUR PROFESSIONAL EXAMS. REMEMBER YOU CAN NEVER BE A PROFESSIONAL BEFORE YOU ATTAIN ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION.