Bachelor of Engineering Aircraft Systems CW507

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  • CW507
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  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

Aircraft Systems refers to all the 'subsystems' required to maintain the airworthiness of an aircraft. These systems straddle flight controls, landing gear, electrical systems, hydraulics, avionics, navigation, communications and instrumentation, amongst others. An aircraft systems engineer can work as a development engineer, developing and testing aircraft systems or components, or can work as a maintenance engineer, testing, calibrating, maintaining and upgrading aircraft systems.

This three-year programme provides an overview of all aspects of aircraft systems. Modules include: Electrical Systems, Instrument Systems, Technical Communications, Aerodynamics, Aircraft Design, Computer Applications, Maintenance Practice, Propellers, Legislation and Aircraft Structure. In third year, students have a choice of specialising in Mechanical Systems (aircraft structure and engines) or in Avionics Systems (autopilot, communications, navigation and radar systems). Students have access to a multi-million euro on-campus aerospace centre with its own fleet of aircraft and an avionics workshop.

Special Features:

  • Programme accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) and the Royal Aeronautical Society and graduates are eligible for membership of both organisations.
  • IT Carlow has very strong relationships with the organisations in the aviation industry.
  • Exit Award - Higher Certificate in Aircraft Systems after 2 Years.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates of this programme can progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering (CW568), Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Electronic Systems or Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering programme at IT Carlow, subject to availability of places and specialism chosen in Year 3 of the BEng in Aircraft Systems programme.

IT Carlow has a Memorandum of Understanding with Cranfield University UK which enables graduates of this programme to enter the pre-masters programme in Engineering at Cranfield University. On completion of this nine month programme, graduates can progress to their one-year MSc programme.

What exemptions will I receive?

Professional Bodies Accreditation

This programme is  accredited by Engineers Ireland for Associate Membership and by the Royal Aeronautical Society as meeting the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer.



What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

As aviation is one of the largest industries in the world. Aircraft Systems Engineers have excellent employment opportunities at home and abroad.  Graduates may find employment in a variety of roles including management, maintenance, design, flight crew, air traffic control, crash investigation, flight dispatching and ground crew staff. Graduates have secured positions with Aer Lingus, Ryanair, The European Space Agency, CityJet, Aerospace Inspection International, Spirit AeroSystems, and Eirtech Aviation amongst other companies.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5 subjects at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.
  • Mathematics at Ordinary Level Grade O6 or Higher Level Grade H7 or better.

Mature applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be interviewed.


For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Gerard Gibbs , MEng