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Aircraft Engineering BEng(Hons)

Where taught Attendance UCAS code Campus code Year of entry
Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College 3 years full time 4Q58 C 2018
2019
International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) Cardiff and Vale College 3 years full time 4Q58 Z 2018
2019

Due to Home Office regulations, students who require a Tier 4 student visa can only be considered for the Newcastle College and Cardiff and Vale College routes of this programme.

It is possible for you to complete the Engineering Foundation course (H408) at Kingston University and the BEng(Hons) at Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College or the International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT), Cardiff and Vale College.

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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 degree is ideal. Students who 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.

Professional accreditation

This 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. The course is taught at a number of partner colleges – Newcastle College, and Cardiff and Vale College – and all are EASA Part-147 approved.

What you will study

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

The course covers all the knowledge requirements specified in the EASA category B1.1 aircraft maintenance engineering licence syllabus (Part 66). It introduces you to practical and maintenance skills, and provides you with opportunities to practise and develop these skills. In Year 1 you will also gain higher education study skills and other interpersonal skills necessary for completion of the course. In Years 2 and 3, you will develop these skills to improve your career prospects and enable you to complete further study.

This course is designed specifically to set you on the path for a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer in the aviation industry. It will 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.

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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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Year 2

  • This module comprises two parts; the first looks at aircraft materials and hardware and the second covers the theoretical aspects of aircraft maintenance practices. The practical work associated with this module takes place in other modules in the programme.

    Part one of this module starts by exploring the characteristics, properties, applications and typical heat treatments of aircraft ferrous and non-ferrous metals before looking at the properties, characteristics and how to repair typical aircraft composite and non-metallic materials. The content of this element extends beyond the EASA syllabus and there will be a greater emphasis on the mechanical and physical characteristics of material, their time dependent behaviour, behaviour under various loading conditions and features related to the service environment. The module also looks at the selection and application of different types of materials in engineering applications. Where appropriate, state-of-the-art problems will be discussed to illustrate the structure-property relationship in materials. The final topic of this part covers aircraft hardware, here the properties, characteristics, uses and identification of fasteners, pipes, bearings, transmission systems, flying controls, and aircraft electrical cables and connectors are examined.

    Part two provides students with the knowledge required to select and use the tools, materials, drawings and equipment necessary to perform aircraft maintenance tasks. It also provides them with the knowledge needed to enable them to work effectively and safely in an aircraft maintenance environment. Topics covered include: tools and equipment and their use, aircraft drawings and manuals, inspection and tolerance checking, electrical measurements, disassembly and reassembly, aircraft weighing and weight and balance calculations, aircraft handling; corrosion prevention removal, assessment and re-protection, non-destructive testing, aircraft storage and preservation and finally aircraft maintenance procedures.

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  • 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).

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  • 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.

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  • This module is designed to introduce students to the wider issues and challenges associated with being an aircraft engineer in the 21st century. Specifically, the social, environmental and sustainability issues that are shaping our approach to our work. This module also introduces students to the engineering design process: to manage the design process from initial idea generation to the delivery of fully formed product or process to meet customer needs, while taking account of constraints.

    A number of scheduled sessions will be used to introduce students to various topics in the module such as research, data collection, academic writing, project planning and network analysis. The engineering design process is introduced through a number of case study tasks. A small group design task will be used to provide students with an opportunity to test their ability to develop a systematic approach to solve an engineering problem, taking into consideration social, economic, environmental and legislative constraints. There will be further sessions to introduce students to the use of statistical methods to maximise reliability in Engineering Design.

    However, the majority of this module is delivered as an independent study with tutor support. As with AE4004, students are expected to maintain a study journal and produce a portfolio of evidence that will be used for both the summative and formative assessment of the module. The journal and portfolio will be reviewed regularly by members of the teaching team and personal tutors who will provide guidance, advice and feedback on the contents; although in this module, students will be expected to be more proactive in maintaining the study journal and sourcing material for the portfolio.

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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.

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  • This module is the culmination of the course. In the practical element of this module, students put into practice the knowledge and experience gained from all of the other modules in the programme. Students will have completed the maintenance practices modules and will therefore be well aware of the standard procedures and practices associated with aircraft maintenance; they will also have had the opportunity to gain some experience of the skills required. During the module students will be expected to display maturity, integrity and responsibility, and will need to demonstrate key skills such as: problem solving; time management and planning; interpersonal communication; and the ability to work as an individual or as a member of a team. By the end of the module, students will be expected to have demonstrated that they are capable of performing maintenance tasks confidently, correctly and safely with minimal supervision, whilst still appreciating and understanding that they still have a lot to learn. 

    The group project element of this module is designed to encourage independent learning and develop the skills required of those holding senior posts in the aviation industry; particularly in the field of aircraft maintenance. It therefore provides an ideal opportunity for the student to develop and demonstrate a number of intellectual, practical and transferable skills. Students will be given a group exercise in which they work together to produce a realistic and cost effective maintenance solution for an airline operation. The details of which (routes, flight schedule, aircraft details etc.) are provided by the course team. The project involves reviewing the "scenario" to determine the exact requirements, planning for successful completion of the project, identifying options and determining costs through research, analysing data collected and formulating an evidence-based solution and presenting the findings. As part of the project, students will produce a project plan, do a group presentation, produce a substantial written report, and maintain a project log book.

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  • The overarching aim of this individual project module is to provide each student with the opportunity to impress.  Working on a topic of their own choosing, the student, with minimal guidance from their supervisor, should apply approximately 300 hours of individual effort into the analysis of a problem and determination of the best solution and/or course of action.  The analysis can take a variety of forms ranging from an in-depth comparison of a number of already documented potential solutions to the collection and comparison of experimental and theoretical data. The topic investigated should ideally be of an aircraft maintenance or engineering nature, though other topics may be permitted with the agreement of the module leader.

    By completing a capstone project of this type, each student is able to demonstrate that they can draw together the information from all the other teaching and learning on the course and past learning and experience; and through innovation and analysis, demonstrate that they truly are independent learners.

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  • 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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0800 0483 334*

If you are calling from outside the UK, please call:

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Location

This course is taught at Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College or Cardiff and Vale College

Clearing hotline

0800 0483 334*

If you are calling from outside the UK, please call:

+44 20 8328 1149

Hotline opening hours

*Calls are free from a landline. Mobile charges may apply – please check with your provider.

Location

This course is taught at Newcastle Aviation Academy, Newcastle College or Cardiff and Vale College

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