Aeronautical Engineering Technology Program

Learn and practice the principles of design, operation, inspection and the manufacturing of aircraft and aerospace vehicles. Students use precision equipment and state-of-the-art practices essential for today’s advanced aerospace lifecycle management, systems repair and overhaul technologies. 3-D printing, computer aided design simulation, ”smart” sensor-embedded turbine and jet engines, mobile computing and next-generation augmented and virtual reality technologies are now considered tools of the trade and can be found throughout the program.

Majors in this degree program


ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission: The Aeronautical Engineering Technology Program at Purdue University is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Mission Statement

The mission of the Aeronautical Engineering Technology program is to prepare the next generation of aerospace innovators and leaders in support of vehicles, systems, and components throughout their lifecycle, as well as their safe and efficient integration with the broader operational environment.

Program Educational Objectives

The following list describes what graduates are expected to attain within three to five years of graduation:

  • Effectively apply technical knowledge, problem-solving techniques and hands-on skills in traditional and emerging areas of aerospace design, manufacturing, operations, or support.
  • Be active and effective participants in ongoing professional development, professional growth and increasing professional responsibility.
  • Effectively communicate ideas to technical and non-technical people.
  • Work effectively in industrial teams.
  • Work within the accepted standards of professional integrity and conduct.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Aeronautical Engineering Technology will achieve the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;

g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Enrollment Trends

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
West Lafayette 32 80 134 148 183 185 209 224 248 242

Number of Graduates

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
West Lafayette 36 33 24 29 35 38 45 48 45

Enrollment Trends and Number of Graduates data is sourced from Purdue’s Office of Enrollment Management's Data Digest.

Placement Data*

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Continuing Education Average Salary
29 93.1% 96.3% 5 $58,080