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Aircraft Engineering BSc(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) estimates a shortfall of approximately 18,000 places per year in current maintenance training, which means a qualification in aircraft engineering will stand you in good stead in the jobs market.

Previous graduates have found jobs as aircraft maintenance engineer, aircraft maintenance supervisor, air serviceman and programme manager for employers such as British Airways, Flybe, Virgin Atlantic, KLM UK Engineering and Monarch Airlines.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Nuwan Kamaragoda

Name: Nuwan Kamaragoda

"After my A-levels in Sri Lanka, I joined Kingston University in early 2002 as part of the second intake of what was then the new "JAR course" run in collaboration with KLM UK. At the end of my second year, having completed all my licence exams, I secured a position at KLM UK as an aircraft certifying mechanic. Whilst at KLM UK I worked on Boeing 737, Fokker and BAE 146 aircraft and gained a full EASA B1 licence and type certificate on B737CG aircraft. I was also able to work in the Production Support and QA departments as a technical co-ordinator and QA support engineer respectively. In 2009, I enrolled on Kingston University's Aircraft Engineering top-up BEng(Hons) programme and graduated in 2011 with a first-class pass.

I found that both the courses I took at Kingston University were well thought out and were designed to give students the skills demanded by industry. Another aspect that top-up students in particular appreciated was how accessible the course was; both in terms of pre-requisites where they received credit for licences and experience, and also in terms of its part-time delivery.

Since graduating my career has developed in a slightly different direction. First, I was accepted onto the Airbus UK graduate programme, where I worked as a project management officer in Filton, Broughton, Toulouse and Hamburg. I then worked for a small charter airline in Jordan as AMO and CAMO quality auditor. From there I moved to Hong Kong where I currently work for Cathay Pacific Airways as a senior aircraft projects engineer. In this role I combine my technical experience with commercial knowledge to support aircraft acquisition, lease and sales projects.

My career has involved many disciplines, cultures, environments and has certainly involved many challenges. The broad-based foundation I received at Kingston, together with the dedication of its faculty, contributed in no small way to my being able to achieve my goals to date, both academic and career."

 

Fei-sal Chatharoo

Name: Fei-sal Chatharoo

"Having studied Mental Health/Applied Psychology, I was working as a registered nurse/therapist in the NHS but I was looking for a career change. I wanted to go back to Aircraft Engineering as I have previously graduated in this field in 1993 and, after some research, I found the Aircraft Engineering BEng(Hons) at Kingston University – which also provides students with the chance to obtain the EASA B1 certifying licence in collaboration with KLM UK Technical College in Norwich.

My learning experiences at Kingston and KLM UK Technical College were very pleasant and the lecturers are very knowledgeable and easy to work with. Since my first day on the course until I graduated my learning curve has never showed any sign of slowing down. After I completed the Foundation Degree and EASA B1 Theoretical, I was offered a job at KLM UK Engineering as a graduate certifying mechanic and worked until September 2007 when I took another job in Munich International Airport Germany in an MRO as a certifying technician.

After I enrolled on the Aircraft Engineering BEng(Hons) in 2009 my career started to change significantly. I was offered the post of CAMO engineer and later moved on as a production and planning engineer at Augsburg Airways GmbH in Munich (Member of Lufthsansa Regional) and in 2013 I started a new position as planning engineer at DC Aviation GmbH in Stuttgart, where I was taking care of the Daimler aircraft fleet among others.

During that time I was noticed by my technical director for my knowledge and performance acquired from the Aircraft Engineering BEng(Hons) and he asked me to join him on his project to build a new MRO facility in Erfurt, Germany. We have built and developed Haitec Aircraft maintenance GmbH (VIP Department), for which I am the manager of Planning and Engineering and we plan to have up to 200 employees by 2016.

I would like to conclude that I found this course very beneficial and it has helped me to build a successful career. My advice to current and future students is to make the most of your time while you are on the course; the lecturers and course director are always willing to help and ready to answer your questions.

Kingston University is a wonderful place for you to learn, develop and better yourselves for the future – not only for your career but also as individuals."

 

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

  • Aircraft maintenance engineer
  • Aircraft maintenance supervisor
  • Air serviceman
  • Programme manager
  • Technician

Employers

  • British Airways
  • Flybe
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • KLM UK Engineering
  • Monarch Airlines

This forerunner of this course, the Aircraft Engineering Foundation Degree, plus the BSc(Hons) top-up was delivered for 13 years (2001 to 2013). During that time, many hundreds of students achieved the foundation award and went on to obtain careers in the aircraft maintenance industry. And, several hundred practising licensed engineers completed the honours top-up to complement their vocational licence. Therefore, it would probably be true to say that you will find an ex Kingston aircraft engineering student in almost every maintenance organisation in the UK. And, in many overseas organisations as well.

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 Kingston, 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 complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

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This course is taught at Roehampton Vale campus (Kingston University) in Year 1 and KLM UK Engineering (Technical College, Norwich) in Years 2 and 3 OR Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College

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This course is taught at Roehampton Vale campus (Kingston University) in Year 1 and KLM UK Engineering (Technical College, Norwich) in Years 2 and 3 OR Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College

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