Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies
BEng (Hons)

2014-15 entry

Overseas study available

3 good reasons to study Aircraft Engineering with Pilot Studies at Salford:

  • Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Follow a structured pilot training programme
  • Aircraft design is brought into sharp focus in parallel with a full treatment of fundamental and advanced aeronautical science

Key Information

Course Code: H490
Start Dates: September
Duration:

Three years full-time
Four years full-time with industrial placement

Course Summary

This programme lets you combine the practical and theoretical aspects of flying with the underlying principles of aircraft engineering.

You have the option to follow a structured pilot training programme and sit the appropriate ground school examinations needed for the award of a Private Pilot Licence.

A total of 45 flying hours are offered within the training programme, at additional cost, with the twin aims of enabling you to fly solo by the end of level 1 and obtain a Private Pilot Licence by the end of level 2. Lessons are at an additional total cost of £6,500 (correct at August 2010), with flexible payment options – please visit the CSE home page for more details.

You can elect to take a year’s relevant industrial placement as part of your degree. This is greatly encouraged for the following reasons:

  • An opportunity to apply the knowledge that you have gained at the University;
  • Witness the application of modern techniques to your field of interest;
  • Obtain a better understanding of the role of some of the theory that you have been taught;
  • Experience working for an organisation;
  • Discuss your future career with people established within the industry;
  • The possibility of working for the same organisation after you graduate. A large proportion of students undertaking a placement with a company are employed by that company after they have graduated.

Salford is renowned for its strong industrial links and has an outstanding graduate employment rate.Imran M Khawaja, BEng (Hons)

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Course Details

This course has been awarded accredited status by both the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) for 2010 to 2014 intake cohorts and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for 2009 to 2011 intake cohorts as meeting the exemplifying academic benchmark for registration as Incorporated Engineer (IEng) requirement in full, and the Chartered Engineer (CEng) requirement in part.

Why is accreditation important?

It provides external validation of the degree course content which recognises that it meets both UK and international standards required by the engineering profession.

Professional registration and Institution membership will enhance your career in the following ways:

  • Access to continuous professional development
  • Careers advice and employment opportunities
  • Increased earning potential over the length of your career
  • International recognition of your qualifications, skills and experience
  • Evidence of your motivation, drive and commitment to the profession
  • Networking opportunities

You will develop flight assimilation and air navigation skills in specifically designed subject modules and through the use of the School's fixed and moving base flight simulators.

There is a flight test course just prior to the final year, which is delivered by Cranfield University’s National Flying Laboratory Centre using their specially instrumented Jetstream 31 aircraft. During the flight, the aircraft will conduct specific manoeuvres during which flight data is gathered for later analysis by the students. This valuable experience allows the students to link practical issues of aircraft behaviour to principles of flight taught in the classroom.

You will undertake experimental and project work throughout the programme, including a significant personal project in the final year.

Year 1

This module will introduce you to the history of air transport systems leading to the current state of the aviation business.

You will study topics such as the:

  • Evolution of surface transportation systems – roadways, railways and waterways
  • Beginnings of air transport – first generation airships and winged flying machines
  • Development of technologies relating to improvements in civilian and military aircraft designs
  • Passenger facility enhancements such as in-flight catering, conveniences and entertainment
  • Birth of the modern airliner leading to the demise of the airships and the ocean liners.
In this module you will develop an understanding of the basic properties and applications of materials and of the principles of electronic and electrical engineering. This will include learning about the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties of materials, mechanisms of corrosion and corrosion protection, the principles of electronic and electrical engineering, and the response of electrical elements in circuits to AC or DC supplies.
An understanding and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in engineering subjects. This module will review and expand on the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with emphasis on their applications to engineering.
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of structural behaviour and the nature of stress and strain and provide you with a foundation in engineering dynamics, allowing you to tackle simple engineering problems, and preparing you for subsequent modules.
You will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of engineering thermodynamics and be given a introduction to the subject of fluid mechanics in this module. Skills in handing thermodynamic concepts enabling the definition and analysis of thermodynamic systems are vitally important to the mechanical engineer.
In this module you will gain proficiency and knowledge in the planning of multiple leg flight plans and build awareness and experience of aviation meteorology. On completion you should have developed skills including  practical knowledge of operational procedures; requirements for safe and adequate flight planning; understanding requirements for time planning; the principles of aviation meteorology; and be able to make rational assessments for flight safety by interpreting synoptic weather forecasts.

Year 2

This module will build on the engineering mathematics module from your first year by developing an advanced knowledge and skills in mathematical analysis, and enable you to tackle more advanced engineering problems. Subjects covered include partial differentiation, determinants and matrices, vector analysis, Laplace transforms and functions of a complex variable.
The aims of this module are for you to:
  • develop an in depth knowledge of aviation safety issues;
  • use and evaluate analysis so you can anticipate and alleviate safety risks in aviation;
  • develop an understanding of Human Factors and CRM to optimise capability to operate in a safe and efficient aviation environment.
Topics and concepts covered in this module include fluid mechanics, boundary layer theory, sources of drag in particular aircraft drag, thin aerofoil theory, lifting line theory as it applies to the aerodynamic analysis of unswept wings in low speed flow and the apparatus used and techniques employed in wind tunnel testing.
In this module you will learn the basic principles and theory of statics and dynamics as related to the static and dynamic behaviour of an aircraft and the theory of flight control as related to the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft.
This module will introduce the theory of business economics in route planning. You will learn the techniques and methodologies used for navigating an aircraft using modern navigation aids.
On completion of this module you will be able to establish the integrity of typical basic structural aircraft components and explain the process of material selection for the structural items of an aircraft.

Year Three

This module is concerned with the analysis of gas turbine engines as used in aircraft propulsion and high speed aerodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the aerodynamic and thermodynamic aspects which influence the performance of a given engine design. Wherever possible, data for actual aircraft engines is used to support the analysis.
In this module you will learn about aircraft design, including detailed refinement of component design and major interactions that have a crucial influence on the overall effectiveness of the design. You will study the interactive nature of aircraft design, including business and commercial influences, and be able to report outcomes effectively.  On completion you should also have an appreciation of market requirements in the design process.
This module will give you an in depth knowledge of avionic systems currently fitted to modern aircraft, including communication, flight instruments, flight management, automatic flight, warning and recording and passenger systems.
Following on from Flight Systems module in your second year, you will develop a deeper understanding of the theory of statics and dynamics and flight control as related to the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft.
This module has two main components: Industrial Management in which you will be introduced to the commercial issues which must be addressed by engineering businesses, and the principles of Quality Management Systems. Project preparation will develop your ability to work independently, become competent in analysing and assessing the value of information and develop effective communication skills both written and orally.
The aim of the Final Year Project is to develop your ability to work with a significant degree of independence on a structured programme of activity. You should demonstrate your competency in analysing and assessing the value of information derived from the programme, be able to communicate effectively (both through written reports and orally) the details of the programme and conclusions that can be drawn together with suggestions of further work.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
GCSE Maths and English Language grade C
UCAS tariff points 260-280 points
GCE A level 260-280 points with C in Maths and Physics or Design Studies
BTEC National Diploma DMM

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Applicant profile

This course is suited to students that have strong numerate skills, demonstrated by good A Levels in relevant subject areas, who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of aircraft engineering.

You may be keen to become a pilot, but want the academic engineering background as well to help give you a wider range of career options on graduation.

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Farhad Zahedi for further information.

Teaching

Depending on the module, teaching is delivered by a combination of:

  • Traditional lectures
  • video materials
  • group analysis work
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • laboratory work
  • demonstrations
  • use of specialised software as applicable

Laboratory work involves Flight Dynamics, Flight Control and the use of Simulink

Some workshop activities will include use of one of our three flight simulators, with case-study material for tutorial support and independent student study.

There will be some aspects of group presentation work which will require students to present the individual aspects of the group work as well as being required to operate as a team. 

Employability

Career Prospects

Students who have completed this degree have gained employment with several leading companies such as National Air Traffic Services (NATS), CTC Aviation and Goodrich.

Typical job titles have included Air Traffic Control Safety Engineer, Airworthiness Engineer, and Pilot.

 

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000
Full-time International£12,800

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer fee discounts and cash awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford National Scholarship Programme  

There’s a lot more funding available to those who need it, including:

  • Disabled Students’ Allowance
  • Childcare grant
  • Helena Kennedy Foundation - Article 26  

For more information please see our all about money section

Additional costs

Students may choose to study for their pilot's licence at a cost of approximately £7,000 (based on £140 per hour for 50 hours). Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Facilities

Mechanical Lab

This lab is used to understand material behaviour under different loading conditions and contains a tensile test machine and static loading experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include tensile testing of materials and investigation into the bending and buckling behaviour of beams.

Aerodynamics Lab

Contains low speed and supersonic wind tunnels – typical laboratory experiments would include determining the aerodynamic properties of an aerofoil section and influence of wing sweep on the lift and drag characteristics of a tapered wing section.

Composite Material Lab

This lab contains wet lay-up and pre-preg facilities for fabrication of composite material test sections.  The facility is particularly utilised for final year project work.

Control & Dynamics Lab

Contains flight simulators (see details below) and programmable control experiments – typical laboratory sessions would include studying the effects of damping and short period oscillation analysis, forced vibration due to rotating imbalance, and understanding the design and performance of proportional and integral controllers.

Flight Simulators

  • Merlin MP520-T Engineering Simulator

    This simulator is used to support engineering design modules, such as those involving aerodynamics and control systems by giving a more practical experience of aircraft design than a traditional theory and laboratory approach. As a student, you'll design and input your own aircraft parameters into the simulator before then assessing the flight characteristics.

    The simulator is a fully-enclosed single seat capsule mounted on a moving 2-degree of freedom platform which incorporates cockpit controls, integrated main head-up display and two secondary instrumentation display panels.

    An external instructor console also accompanies the simulator and is equipped with a comprehensive set of displays, override facilities and a two-way voice link to the pilot.

  • Elite Flight Training System

    The Elite is a fixed base Piper PA-34 Seneca III aircraft simulator used for flight operations training and is certified by the CAA as a FNPT II-MCC Multi-Crew Cockpit training environment.  It has two seats, each with a full set of instrumentation and controls, and European Visuals, so you see a projection of the terrain that you're flying through, based on real geographic models of general terrain and specific airports in Europe.