Aerospace engineers develop, design and control airborne systems. These systems include airplanes and helicopters, UAVs and other unmanned aircraft, missiles, weapon systems, jet engines, rocket engines, satellites etc.
Within this wide range of activities, the engineers can choose a field that suits their personal inclinations. The extensive knowledge acquired by graduates of this program gives them with tools and abilities to go into many fields of science, technology and engineering. Moreover, mastering different fields of activity enables the graduates to work as systems engineers in advanced technological projects. Consequently, many aerospace engineers are found in senior management positions in the industry, positions which require system understanding and knowledge.
The graduates have different and diverse employment opportunities. Some are employed by large organizations such as IAI and the security forces (the Israeli Air Force, Rafael, IMI and Elbit). In recent years, many aerospace engineers have also found employment with different, private and public high-tech companies, engaged in the development of aircraft and satellites, and as systems engineers in the development of advanced technologies.
The Course Curriculum
The program’s first 3 semesters provide an extensive scientific background. Then, the basics of all aerospace subjects are studied: aerodynamics, structures, jet and rocket propulsion, control, design and manufacturing. In addition, interdisciplinary courses that consider the airplane as a system are studied.
During the last 2 semesters the students are assigned a comprehensive aeronautical or space project, which is based on the extensive knowledge they have acquired during their studies, some of which reach the stage of actual implementation. Some example projects include: design of an unmanned aerial vehicle, including wind tunnel testing of a model; constructing and flying an aircraft; designing, constructing and launching a rocket; the Technion Satellite Project (TECHSAT) etc.
The research laboratories are: the Aerodynamics Laboratory; the Turbo and Jet-Engine Laboratory; the Propulsion and Combustion Laboratory; the Flight Control Laboratory; the Krumbein Structures Laboratory; the Laboratory for Design and Manufacturing, the Cooperative Autonomous Systems Lab.
Admission for Students from other Technion Departments
The department may consider admitting students with prior Technion academic background according to the guidelines elaborated here.
Admission Through the Open University
The departments of Aerospace Engineering may admit students who gained credits through the Open University, according to the guidelines available here.
My name is Nir Emuna and I am a M.Sc. student in the department of Aerospace Engineering. Even during my military service, I envisioned myself working in a field that integrates science and technology with the design of vehicles, buildings and bridges. After my discharge these thoughts became more frequent and I decided to study for a degree in engineering, with the intent of becoming an engineer and taking part in special projects. I was both happy and sad to find out that the multitude of universities offering a degree in engineering is almost unlimited. After careful review of the relevant tracks, I narrowed down the options to the department of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion. The reasons that drew me to the Technion at that time were first and foremost the Technion’s focus on science and engineering, and the fact that the department I applied to was the only one in Israel where one could earn a degree in Aerospace Engineering, a field I considered to be at the forefront of technology.
Already at the beginning of my studies, I started to understand something that would become even clearer by the end of my studies: the Technion is an environment that encourages knowledge development and expansion. I saw it in the students around me – people with curious minds and fresh ideas. Later on, I realized the full extent of the department and its fields of research. When I started taking professional courses at the department, I discovered a small, warm and family-like department, starting with close and friendly relations between the students; the secretary’s office, where I was always welcome, and the faculty members’ open door policy. During my studies for a B.Sc., I was exposed to a special combination of contents such as aerodynamics, jet and rocket propulsion, missile and aircraft control, and investigation of aerospace structures, so my interest in these subjects grew.
In my third year I was accepted by IAI for a student job, which only fueled my appetite for this field. In my fourth year, I approached a faculty member, Prof. David Durban, with the request to conduct a research study in the field of structures. This turned out to be an excellent idea because I found great interest in the research and with the close guidance of Prof. Durban, I was able to reach publishing-worthy results. Fortunately, the Technion recognized these results and by the end of my studies we flew to a conference in Germany, where we presented our research work.
Currently, I am proceeding with my research and I am about to start writing my Master’s thesis. At the same time I work as a teaching assistant at the department, and enjoy every moment.
In conclusion, I warmly recommend to anyone who is interested in studying an interesting field on a high academic level and in a department with a personal touch, to seriously consider applying to the department of Aerospace Engineering.