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Aircraft Engineering BSc(Hons)

Where taught Attendance UCAS code Campus code Year of entry
Kingston University (Year 1) and KLM UK Engineering Technical College, Norwich (Years 2 and 3) 3 years full time 4Q58 M 2015
Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College 3 years full time 4Q58 C 2015
KLM UK Engineering Technical College, Norwich 3 years full time 4Q58 G 2015
International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) Cardiff and Vale College 3 years full time 4Q58 Z 2015
KLM UK Engineering Technical College, Norwich* 4 years full time including foundation year 4G49 G 2015

Due to Home Office regulations we are only able to take overseas students on the Newcastle College route of this programme.

* It is possible for you to complete the foundation course at KLM UK Engineering Technical College in Norwich and the BSc(Hons) at Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College and the International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT), Cardiff and Vale College.

KLM UK Engineering Technical College 3-year and 4-year course: The foundation year starts in September and the BSc(Hons) starts in June the following year. You will finish the foundation course in time to start the BSc(Hons) in June.

Why choose this course?

If you are interested in a career in aircraft engineering maintenance and would rise to the challenge of signing off aircraft as fit to fly, this programme is ideal. If you successfully complete and satisfy the EASA requirements of the course can apply for an EASA aircraft maintenance licence after a further period of work experience. Please note that the work experience does not form part of the course.

The programme is designed primarily to provide a higher education funded path to a career as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer in the aircraft industry. However, it also provides an alternative to the more commonly found aerospace design courses for those wishing to seek employment in other areas of the aviation industry such as maintenance planning and control, product development, technical services and other support departments.

This programme is the only UK degree that mirrors the requirements of EASA Part-147 approved courses, and it is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society as meeting the requirements for IEng registration with the Engineering Council. Both KLM UK Engineering and Newcastle College are EASA Part-147 approved.

What will you study?

In addition to academic modules, you will take work-based modules that provide you with hands-on experience of aircraft component and equipment replacement, inspection, condition monitoring, and fault diagnosis and rectification. You will also gain an understanding of the work environment and legal requirements relating to the operation of commercial aircraft.

The course covers all of the knowledge requirements specified in the EASA category B1.1 aircraft maintenance engineering licence syllabus (Part 66), introduces you to aircraft practical and maintenance skills, and provides you with opportunities to practise and develop these skills. You will also gain higher education study skills and other interpersonal skills necessary for completion of the course in the first year. You will develop these skills in the second and third years to improve your career prospects and enable you to complete further study.

This course is designed specifically to set you on the correct path for a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer in the aviation industry and to give you the confidence and skills necessary to become a maintenance manager of the future.

Module listing

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

Foundation year

  • This core module deals with knowledge and understanding of mathematics, physics and electrical engineering in preparation for higher education study in the field of engineering.

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • use mathematics to solve fundamental physics and electrical engineering related problems;
      present data in an appropriate format and be able to interpret data presented in different formats;
    • explain what electricity is and how it is produced, define fundamental electrical terms and make basic electrical measurements;
    • define the terms associated with mechanics (statics, kinetics, dynamics and fluid dynamics) and, using fundamental principles, solve simple mechanic problems; and
    • define the terms associated with thermodynamics and, using fundamental principles, solve simple thermodynamic problems.
     
  • This core module introduces aerodynamics, flying controls and flight instruments sufficient in order to understand how an aeroplane flies and is controlled and monitored from the cockpit

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • describe the Earth's atmosphere and the International Standard Atomosphere (ISA);
    • explain the basic operation of analog flight instruments and discuss how the derivation and presentation of flight information has changed over the years;
    • define basic aerodynamic terms associated with aircraft and flight;
    • explain how heavier-than-air vehicles are able to fly and discuss the requirements for steady-stat flight; and
    • list the primary flight controls and explain how they are controlled by the pilot and operate aerodynamically to manoeuvre an aircraft in flight.
     
  • This core module introduces aircraft engines and electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic power systems.

    Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • explain the theory behind the operation of turbine engines, describe the basic instruction of typical turbine engines and give an overview of engine-related systems;
    • describe how electric, hydraulic and pneumatic power is generated, used and managed on a typical large jet aircraft; and
    • describe the basic monitoring/measuring systems associated with engines and electric, hydraulic and pneumatic power systems on aircraft.
     
  • This core module introduces and develops the academic skills required for study at degree level and discusses the personal qualities needed to succeed

    Upon successful completion of this module you will be able to:

    • produce effective notes from a range of typical academic activities;
    • carry out basic research, critically assess data obtained and maintain effective records;
    • produce well-written work;
    • critically evaluate knowledge and skills gained;
    • produce simple effective plans for your personal development and the production of academic work; and
    • manage and record your personal development planning.
     

Year 1

  • This core module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of mathematics and physics required to successfully complete the programme and pass aviation authority engineering licence examinations at category B level, and to gain an understanding of key engineering principles with the ability to solve problems.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • select and use the appropriate methods and/or formulae to solve mathematical problems;
    • define the terms and explain the principles and laws associated with fundamental physics;
    • select and use the appropriate methods and/or formulae to solve fundamental physics problems; and
    • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabus for Mathematics and Physics.
     
  • This core module aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of electrical engineering required to successfully complete the programme and pass aviation authority engineering licence examinations at category B level; and to underpin and support an understanding of aircraft systems, as well as to solve basic electrical engineering problems mathematically and practically.

    The module introduces basic fault finding techniques and provide an opportunity to practice fault diagnosis on simple electrical circuits.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • define the terms and explain the fundamental principles and laws associated with electrical engineering;
    • select and use appropriate methods and/or formulae to mathematically solve fundamental electrical engineering problems;
    • construct simple electrical circuits, confirm their correct operation by test and/or measurement and, identify and rectify simple faults in them; and
    • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabus for Electrical Fundamentals (module 3).
     
  • This module introduces basic electronics, servo systems and digital techniques to develop the knowledge and understanding of the operation of aircraft electronic and digital systems and the environment in which they operate. 

    In addition, the module develops the knowledge and understanding of  aerodynamics and the theory of flight sufficient  to understand how heavier-than-air vehicles are able to sustain controlled flight. To gain a knowledge and understanding of electronics, digital techniques, aircraft systems and aerodynamics sufficient to pass aviation authority engineering licence examinations at category B level.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • describe the basic characteristics and properties of simple electronic components and displays and the precautions to be taken when handling them;
    • explain the basic operation of servo-systems, simple op-amp and basic logic circuits, and AtoD and DtoA converters;
    • describe the basic characteristics and operation of typical aircraft data buses and networks;
    • describe the general arrangement of typical electronic/digital aircraft systems and their BITE;
    • describe the physics of the atmosphere, define aerodynamic terms associated with aircraft and flight, and  explain how aircraft are capable of sustained and controlled flight; and
    • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabus for Electronic Fundamentals, Digital Techniques and EIS and aerodynamics (modules 4, 5 and 8).
     
  • The module aims to help you with the transition from a sixth-form or FE college learning environment to the HE learning environment.

    This module introduces the academic and professional skills needed to successfully complete a Higher Education course and gain the maximum benefit from it; and, provide opportunities for you to develop these skills.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • demonstrate that you have the basic academic and professional skills and the personal characteristics needed to successfully complete a Higher Education course and maximise your potential;
    • maintain a journal, reflect upon the learning and, with the aid of feedback, take the appropriate action to rectify any shortfalls in your knowledge and/or personal development;
    • discuss the pros and cons of group work and explain the best way to handle a group activity;
    • produce structured, coherent and cohesive short reports and other written work in an appropriate style; and
    • use typical office software effectively and maintain coherent digital records.
     

Year 2

  • This core module develops the knowledge and understanding of aircraft materials and hardware to underpin and support an understanding of aircraft structures, as well as maintenance practices and practical maintenance activities on aircraft. 

    The module also deals with aircraft materials, hardware and maintenance practices required to pass aviation authority engineering licence examinations at category B level.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • compare and contrast the different properties and characteristics of materials used in the construction of aircraft;
    • distinguish between the different types of mechanical and avionic hardware employed in the construction of aircraft and determine the appropriate hardware for a particular function;
    • recognise and assess defects in and/or the deterioration of aircraft materials and hardware and determine the appropriate action to be taken;
    • explain the practices and procedures  associated with aircraft maintenance, be able to select the tools and equipment needed for specific activities and illustrate precautions to be observed when using them; and
    • demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabus for Aircraft Materials and Hardware and Maintenance Practices (modules 6 and 7).
     
  • This module builds on the fundamental knowledge from other modules by examining airframe structures and the layout and operation of aircraft systems; and to develop an understanding of the aircraft as a whole, rather than as individual elements. 

    In addition, the module enables you to work effectively and safely on aircraft. Developing the knowledge and understanding of airframe structures and aircraft systems in order to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities; perform functional testing of systems and identify, diagnose and rectify defects and to pass aviation authority engineering licence examinations at category B level.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • compare and contrast the aerodynamic properties and operation of flight controls and aerodynamic devices;
    • recognise, compare and contrast different construction techniques used for different parts of an airframe and discuss the role of major airframe structural components;
    • explain the operation of typical aircraft instrument systems and discuss the layout and operation of typical avionics systems;
    • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of typical aircraft systems sufficient to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities and defect diagnosis and rectification; and
    • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabus for Aerodynamics, Structures & Systems (module 11).
     
  • This core module introduces  and develops the practical skills required to perform hand-skill tasks and fundamental aircraft maintenance activities and apply a responsible attitude towards all aspects of aircraft maintenance irrespective of type, size or scope of the work. 

    From independent learning, you will be able to develop and demonstrate independent learning skills.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • interpret aircraft engineering drawings, schematic diagrams and wiring diagrams and be conversant with the structure and content of ATA100 aircraft manuals;
    • complete engineering hand-skill tasks and fundamental aircraft maintenance activities safely and effectively, by correctly selecting and using the tools, equipment, hardware, manuals and documentation appropriate to the specific task;
    • maintain accurate and effective records of work undertaken and demonstrate sound working practices and a responsible attitude in respect of flight safety and the airworthiness of aircraft; and
    • produce basic engineering drawings using a CAD software package having independently learnt how to use the software.
     
  • This core module introduces project planning and network analysis and provides opportunity to develop planning skills by putting the learning into practice. In addition, the module develops academic and professional as well as personal attributes necessary for further study and employment after the course.

    The module provides an introduction to the Engineering Council and professional engineering institutes as to requirements for registration and participation as a professional engineer.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • analyse projects to identify aims, objectives and deliverables, decompose them to determine tasks and produce simple project proposals;
    • produce network diagrams for projects, analyse the diagrams and produce activity bar-charts and resources diagrams, perform resource levelling and produce simple project plans;
    • select and employ appropriate research and data collection techniques, critically evaluate data from a variety of sources, present data in different forms and maintain suitable records for long-term use;
    • perform effective planning of communication, make reasoned selection of methods for achieving the required outcome and accurately communicate relevant information using form, structure, style and vocabulary to suit the intended purpose;
    • explain the requirements and process for registration with the Engineering Council (ECUK), and discuss the ethical principles to which engineers should subscribe and the role they play in sustainability; and
    • identify and reflect on the knowledge and skills gained and/or enhanced during learning and appreciate their relevance to working in an aircraft maintenance environment and their own personal development.
     

Year 3

  • This core module aims to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of thermodynamics and gas turbine engine theory to assess the performance of aircraft propulsion systems.

    The module deals with aircraft turbine engines and propeller systems, and their control and monitoring systems to analyses the operation of the systems and identify and diagnoses defects, and carry out scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and defect rectification. 

    You will study aircraft gas turbine engines and propellers in order to pass the aviation authority engineering licence examinations at category B level.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • explain the principles of operation of the jet engine using fundamental laws of physics and compare and contrast the construction and operation of typical aircraft gas turbine engines;
    • assess the performance of a range of aircraft propulsion systems;
    • assess the serviceability of aircraft gas turbine engines and diagnose and identify defects by analysing data from checks, tests and engine monitoring systems;
    • compare and contrast the construction and performance of typical aircraft propellers, explain the operation of propeller control and monitoring systems and analyse the operation of systems to assess their serviceability; and
    • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabuses for Gas Turbine Engines and Propellers.
     
  • This core module provides an opportunity to perform maintenance activities and put into practice the knowledge and skills gained as well as develop analytical skills through defect diagnosis and damage assessment, and to make engineering decisions.

    The module gives an  in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legal framework within which aircraft engineers work and the human factors that can affect performance and safety.

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • perform aircraft maintenance activities requiring the synthesis of knowledge, understanding and skills obtained from other modules in the programme;
    • analyse the operation of aircraft systems to confirm serviceability and diagnose defects, and assess damage to aircraft structures and equipment;
    • recognise the value of aviation legislation and appraise the impact it has on aircraft maintenance and the work of aircraft maintenance engineers;
    • critically evaluate the impact that human factors can have on personal performance, maintenance operations and flight safety; and
    • demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject matter in the EASA Part-66 syllabus for Human Factors and Aviation Legislation.
     
  • On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Investigate or review a specified topic according to given guidelines with minimal guidance.
    • Obtain accurate, relevant data from a variety of sources using appropriate methods.
    • Draw reasoned conclusions from the analysis of data and present evidence-based arguments to support them.
    • Present data, reasoned arguments and evidence orally and in written form to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
    • Demonstrate that you are capable of using your own initiative and working independently.

     

     
  • This module aims to allow you to explore how employers within the air transport industry combines related areas such as aircraft design, maintenance, operations or repair and overhaul in order to make a profit. The module compares the operation of the air transport market with that in other sectors, in particular, looking at standard methods of recording and reporting financial performance.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Assess the potential impact of an airline's business strategy.
    • Discuss the major determinants of air transport supply, demand and cost.
    • Analyse business accounts and, thereby, be able to describe company performance.
    • By means of the appropriate planning and analysis, assess the options open to a business at any stage in its lifecycle.
     

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