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Aerospace Engineering (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) Foundation Degree (FdEng): After you graduate

Careers and progression

The Aerospace Engineering (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) foundation degree course is designed to start you on the career path towards a supervisory/management role within the aircraft industry.

Their technical knowledge of aircraft mechanical, electrical and avionic systems, combined with a familiarity with the legal requirements and the standards and practices followed by MRO organisations will enable graduates to compete effectively for employment within the industry. The thorough grounding in aircraft systems gained whilst on the Foundation Degree programme, although not intended to prepare students for the CAA B Licence theory exams, does provide a very good starting point for those students who intend subsequently to extend their knowledge and obtain this qualification.

On successful completion of the foundation degree, you may be able to top up to our Aircraft Engineering BSc(Hons).

The Aerospace Growth Partnership, in its Reach for the Skies (2013) document states:

The UK has 17% of the global market for aerospace. This makes us the largest aerospace industry in Europe and globally second only to the United States. The sector provides over 100,000 direct jobs and indirectly supports many more across the UK. It generated £24.2bn of UK revenue in 2011 – 75% of which was exported. Much of this current success results from investment made in research and technology over a number of decades, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s.

The UK has particular capabilities in the most complex parts of the aircraft. About half of the world's modern large aircraft fly on wings manufactured in the UK. A Rolls-Royce powered aircraft takes off somewhere in the world every two and a half seconds. UK companies also have world-class strengths in advanced systems (such as landing gear, actuation, avionics, fuel and power supply), and deliver innovative new ways of providing services such as maintenance, repair and overhaul. In addition, the UK is one of only a handful of nations with the range of capabilities needed to design and build advanced helicopters.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Design engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Propulsion technician/engineer


  • Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (Marshall ADG)
  • Rolls Royce
  • Royal Navy
  • RAF
  • British Airways
  • British Army

Careers and recruitment advice

Students practising interview skills at a 'speed interviewing' eventCareers and recruitment advice will be given as part of the course by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group staff. They provide friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques.

Key speakers from industry will deliver subject related talks on all aspects of the industry. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting.

Employability at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate. 

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and Kingston University, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to bring together all that you have learned in a major 'capstone' project where you can apply your subject knowledge to a range of real issues and contexts. This is a great way to learn how to market your skills and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

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This course is taught at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Cambridge

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This course is taught at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, Cambridge

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