Aeronautical engineers are in growing demand as air travel becomes faster, safer, and more environmentally friendly. Increased competition in the commercial aircraft industry, new initiatives in space exploration, the evolution of smaller aircraft and airports as alternatives to traditional airline travel, including the expanding market for personal jet aircraft known as very light jets or VLJs, are also fueling this trend. With our world becoming smaller by the day, the aeronautics industry relies on highly skilled aeronautical engineers to help meet the demands of business and pleasure travelers alike.

aeronautical engineering Aeronautical engineering is one of the fastest-growing engineering fields in the United States today and demands engineers with specialized skills. Lawrence Technological University’s programs offer you a strong foundation with which to enter the industry, featuring a comprehensive curriculum focused on the fundamentals of aeronautical engineering necessary for aircraft design, analysis, and testing. Designed for Mechanical Engineering students or graduates, the aeronautical engineering program at Lawrence Tech provides you with a deeper understanding of this broad field – beyond what is covered in the Mechanical Engineering program. The minor is geared toward students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and the certificate is geared toward graduates of a Mechanical Engineering (or comparable) program. Both options require 18 credit hours – three core courses and three electives – all built around theory and practice. Throughout your studies, you will explore fluid dynamics, propulsion sources, aerodynamics, structural mechanics, control systems, noise and vibration, and engineering materials.

Proud History, Bright Futures

aeronautics educationLawrence Tech has a long history of aeronautics education and research:

  • In competitions of the 1930s involving glider teams from across the nation, students from Lawrence Tech won
  • so often that the University was permanently awarded the national championship trophy!
  • An experimental racing airplane, the Spirit of Lawrence Tech, was designed and built by Lawrence Tech students in the late 1940s.
  • During World War II, a Lawrence Tech alumnus developed the revolutionary high wing/rear door design still used in cargo aircraft worldwide.
  • Other alumni played key roles in developing rockets, the Apollo missions that took men to the moon, and the Space Shuttle.

Today, aeronautical engineering at Lawrence Tech continues to thrive. Each year, students successfully compete in SAE Aero Design® competitions and are active on campus in the student branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In recent years, graduates have been hired by major aeronautical and aerospace companies including NASA, Cessna, Boeing, and Goodrich Aerostructures.

If you are earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, you are eligible to declare a minor in aeronautical engineering. If you have already completed a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, or a comparable degree, you may pursue a certificate in aeronautical engineering.

The 18-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering will be awarded upon the successful completion of the courses listed below.

Core Courses 9
  EME 4163    Aeronautical Engineering Fundamentals 3
  EME 4323    Applied Fluid Mechanics 3
  EME 5223    Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3
Electives (select three)
  EME 4243    Finite Element Analysis I 3
  EME 5103    Fasteners and Bolted Joints 3
  EME 5133    Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3
  MSE 5133    Modern Control in Mechatronics 3
  MSE 5143    Aerospace Systems Engineering 3
  EME 5153    Applied Thermodynamics 3
  MSE 5183    Mechatronic Systems 1 3
  EME 5203    Design of Mechanical Joints 3
  EME 5213    Mechanical Vibrations 3
  EME 5323    Modern Control Systems 3
  EME 5333    Advanced Dynamics 3
  EME 5353    Transport Phenomena I 3
  EME 5363    Transport Phenomena II
  EME 6103    Engineering Materials 3
  EME 6113    Fatigue Analysis
  EME 6133    Viscous Flow 3
  EME 6153    Incompressible Flow
  EME 6213    Fundamentals of Acoustics 3
  EME 6253    Turbulence
  EME 6393    Compressible Flow I 3
EME 6563 Aerodynamics 3
EME 6553 Structural Stability 3
EME 6543 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
    Total   18

You may apply up to six credits from Lawrence Tech’s undergraduate or graduate Mechanical Engineering program toward your minor or certificate.

Graduates with a minor or certificate in aeronautical engineering have many career options:

  • Aircraft acoustics and noise reduction
  • Aircraft control and stability systems
  • Aircraft manufacturing
  • Aircraft structural analysis
  • Aircraft testing
  • Airplane or helicopter design
  • Jet propulsion systems
  • Spacecraft systems
  • Supersonic flight research

For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.CALL.LTU or

For specific questions about the minor or certificate in aeronautical engineering, call 248.204.2574.