Bachelor of Engineering Aircraft Systems CW507

  • NFQ Level 7
  • CW507
  • 28
  • 281
  • 3 Years
  • Overview
  • Further Studies
  • Career Prospects
  • Entry Requirements
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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 include 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. Students have access to a multi-million euro on-campus aerospace centre with its own fleet of aircraft, a wind tunnel and an avionics/UAV laboratory.

This course provides an overview of all aspects of aircraft systems. In Year 3, students have a choice of specialising in Mechanical Systems (aircraft structure and engines) or Avionics Systems (autopilot, communications, navigation and radar systems).

Special Features:

  • Course accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and graduates are eligible for membership of both organisations.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow has very strong relationships with the organisations in the aviation industry.
  • Exit Award - Higher Certificate in Aircraft Systems (NFQ Level 6) after 2 Years.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates 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 course at Institute of Technology Carlow, subject to availability of places and specialism chosen in Year 3 of the BEng in Aircraft Systems.

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

What exemptions will I receive?




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 companies such as Aer Lingus, Ryanair, The European Space Agency, CityJet, Aerospace Inspection International, Spirit AeroSystems, and Eirtech Aviation.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

  • 5O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish O6/H7
  • Mathematics O6/H7



For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Gerard Gibbs
MEng, TC, NDip