Aeronautical Engineering Technology

Get a degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology from Purdue University

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. 

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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
28 89% 88% $53,231

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 Purdue Polytechnic Institute 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 four ways:

  • Complete  any  university-sponsored  study  abroad  program  lasting  at  least seven  days
  • Complete  an  internship  or  approved  international  research  project  that  involves  at  least  seven  days  of international  travel
  • Provide  documentation  of  having  lived/traveled  outside  the  U.S.  for  at  least  15  days  after your  12th birthday.
  • Complete  or  place  out of  the  Level  IV  (12  credit  hours)  course  in  any  one foreign  language

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 15 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.