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:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a lead on technical teams

Enrollment Trends

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
West Lafayette 32 80 134 148 183 185 209 224 248 242 250 252 272

Number of Graduates

  2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
West Lafayette 36 33 24 29 35 38 45 48 45 51 67 40 70

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
40 92.5% 97.3% 4 $69,296