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Aerospace Engineering (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) Foundation Degree (FdEng)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
2 years full time H411 2017

Please note: this course is unavailable to students who require a Tier 4 visa.

Why choose this course?

This course is run in partnership with Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group – one of the UK's major aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisations. It will train you for a career in the MRO sector and is taught at Marshall Aerospace's Aero Academy in Cambridge.

The programme is conducted in an industrial setting to prepare you for engineering and management roles in the aerospace MRO environment.

If you successfully complete the two-year FdEng, you will be able to progress to a Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) (IEng) accredited BSc(Hons) top-up programme in Aircraft Engineering at Kingston University.

What you will study

You will study the essential facts, concepts, theories and principles that underpin engineering in general and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. In particular, you will look at:

  • the aircraft maintenance and overhaul industry;
  • the roles, responsibilities and legal obligations of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul engineers, and the effects of them exercising their engineering judgement;
  • typical aircraft systems;
  • aircraft manuals and documentation, how they are used and how to use them correctly and effectively; and
  • the need for ensuring a clean working environment, to follow all safety precautions and to have a responsible attitude in respect of flight safety and airworthiness of aircraft.

You will also gain important communication skills, including both oral and technical report writing.

Year 1 modules introduce you to the aerospace industry and examine key concepts associated with the modern jet aircraft. These include the theory of flight, aircraft performance, aircraft structures and aircraft mechanical, electrical, avionic and fluid systems. Aircraft safety is a fundamental theme throughout, with emphasis placed on regulatory requirements, documentation control, maintenance requirements and standards, tool control and cleanliness. You will also develop writing, mathematics and presentation skills.

Year 2 modules will expand those of Year 1. You will examine aircraft electrical, electronic, mechanical and propulsion systems. Supervisory/management skills will be developed – you will gain a wide range of technical/non-technical skills that could potentially lead you to a supervisory management role within the industry.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1

  • The module content is aimed at bringing students to a level of competence in mathematics, applicable physics and electrical fundamentals. Underpinning mathematical laws and methods for manipulation of numbers, basic algebra and trigonometry start the module.

    The module recaps basic principles by looking at electrical charge and how electricity is created, before moving on to look at basic electrical cables, connectors, and components in terms of their construction, identification, use, properties and characteristics. Basic circuits are evaluated using relevant electrical laws and explored using simulation in industry standard electronic design software. To explain how inductors work, and in preparation for study of ac and dc machines the principles of magnetism and induction are studied.

    Magnetism and motion is used as a foundation for the theoretical and practical aspects of ac and dc machines (generator and motors). Alternating current (AC) theory starts by investigating how passive components behave in AC circuits whilst simple circuits containing combinations of resistors, capacitors and inductors are examined through assignment work involving computer simulation of circuits. 

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  • The module is aimed at bringing students to a level of competence in electronics and digital techniques. The module starts with continuing development of core mathematics skills prior to investigating the technologies of printed circuit boards. Analogue components (passive, non-passive) then leads into different analogue circuits which are evaluated by the student. Digital logic gates are studied and basic circuits analysed prior to looking at the basis of current computer technology and conversion of one form of data to another.

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  • The module introduces the student to three main topic areas. Aircraft materials looks at the use, properties and treatment of many different materials used in aircraft engineering. Aircraft hardware with regards to their properties and characteristics is also discussed. Maintenance practices introduces the student to the theoretical aspects of aircraft maintenance starting with safety precautions and the use of tools, materials, drawings and procedures.

    There is a workshop element that allows the student to experience the practical side of engineering workshop related tasks.

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  • The module provides a good grounding in the basic principles of aircraft operation, covering principles of flight, fundamentals of aircraft systems and the conduct and recording of maintenance.

    It also introduces the students to the basic elements of good academic practice including sourcing and recording of data, effective communication and the benefits of reflection on the learning process. It draws together the strands of all level 4 teaching and learning on this programme. 

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Year 2

  • This core module builds on the foundation material delivered at level 4 and gives the student a greater understanding of Turbine powered aircraft, their flight control and operational systems. It will reinforce the use of ATA taxonomy and chaptering of aircraft systems.

    Work carried out in the airframe and propulsion bay will introduce the students to dismantling/assembly techniques on a variety of aircraft components and equipment, to include fault diagnosis practises, documentation and processes, this module will enhance the student's system knowledge.

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  • This core module builds on the learning gained in previous modules AE1721 (Electrical Engineering and Science), AE1722 (Electronics Engineering and Science) and AE1724 (Introduction to Aerospace) and then relates it to aircraft ATA electrical and avionics systems. It begins with a revision of the subject matter including electrical generation and aerodynamics and then combines electrical and avionics aircraft systems as a whole, so that the concept of manual and auto flight control is understood. All electrical and avionics systems are considered at block diagram level, including sensing, response and feedback concepts. Instrumentation and display is covered and then students will be introduced to electrical and avionics maintenance practises including fault diagnosis and rectification.

    Finally, this module provides students with the core skills and knowledge required to work safely in the aircraft MRO engineering workshop environment with a specific emphasise on avionics.

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  • This core module builds on the foundation material delivered at level 4 and gives the student a greater understanding of basic construction, operation and systems of the gas turbine engine and propellers. Students will gain an understanding of factors that affect engine performance, including combustion processes and emissions. Major systems associated with aircraft gas turbine engines such as fuel and lubrication systems, engine control and fire/ice detection and protection systems will also be covered.

    Students will be introduced to Aircraft performance and the differences in aerodynamics across a range of flight speeds which provides the foundation knowledge for level 6 studies.

    Work carried out in the airframe and propulsion bay will introduce the students to removal and installation techniques on a variety of engines and their components and equipment, to include fault diagnosis practises, documentation and processes, this module will reinforce system knowledge. 

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  • This is a core module of the programme which brings together the skills and knowledge gained in other year 2 modules and frames it in the context of a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Organisation.

    The module starts with an overview of the organisations responsible for aviation and the relevant legislation, Part 145 is then introduced and how it relates to an MRO organisation. Students will use this knowledge to create their own small part 145 organisation to maintain a single aircraft type producing a Maintenance Organisation Exposition. Finally, preparation for an authentic job interview within an MRO organisation will be carried out.

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