The Aircraft Engineering & Maintenance Systems (AEMS) Top-Up course is specifically aimed at those that would like to build on the industry qualifications and experience they already have (such as an appropriate EASA Part-66 certification) and those that hold a relevant HND, or equivalent qualification, to attain an engineering degree.
In many cases, due to reasons such as working full-time, people who would like to study for a degree in their chosen career are unable to do so.
Therefore, the course offers multiple modes of study, with the full-time version taking only one academic year. The part-time route takes two academic years, which consists of 60 credits each year at level 6.
The part-time course will be delivered in two ways – a traditional method, where students attend for one or (possibly) two days a week and a purely online distance learning delivery with no requirement to attend university on a full-time basis.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the advertised delivery method may be different to that advertised. This particularly applies to on-campus lectures.
2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.
[Update excludes online-only courses].
The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.
What you will study?
This academic year requires students to undertake a significant aviation maintenance related project which will draw on the previous study/experience. It will also introduce the concept of new and emerging technologies in the aviation industry, alongside the planning and resource management of maintenance activities.
Students will undertake a substantial project requiring them to carry out in-depth research or demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills related to an aircraft maintenance engineering problem.
Engineering Project Management
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of managing aircraft maintenance projects using standardised models for project management.
Emerging Aerospace Technologies
Students will be given an insight into new and emerging technologies and have the ability to appraise these developments from an engineering perspective.
Aviation Maintenance Resource and Planning Management
During this academic session, students will be able to plan and evaluate maintenance schedules based on available resources in order to ensure the safe, efficient and financially viable aircraft maintenance operations.
Advances in Aerospace Propulsion
Students will be introduced to recent and forthcoming advances in aircraft propulsion technologies, including the investigation of the driving factors behind these developments.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, and external visits, as well as both directed (including online learning) and independent study.
On average you can expect to be in classroom-based activities for around 12-14 hours per week
Subject to availability guest lectures will also take place.
The aviation academy operates an open-door policy in providing student support. Students are allocated a Personal Academic Advisor (PAC).
Students will be assessed through examinations and coursework.
The University has recently invested another £3.3m into its existing aerospace facilities. A two-storey Aerospace Centre extension adds 1,000m2 of practical workshop and laboratory space for engineering students. This includes two aircraft hangars with civil and military aircraft, and a MP521 engineering flight simulator.
The Aerospace Centre is home to a Jetstream 31 Twin Turboprop aircraft, assembled with Honeywell TPE331 Engines and Rockwell-Collins Proline II Avionics, alongside a Jet Provost T-Mk 3 military training jet.
The Centre also includes a gas turbine maintenance workshop, simulated aircraft shell riveting area, hand tools workshops and welding bay, plus clean and dirty composite workshops for specimens and repairs. Dedicated laboratory space for electronic practical tasks, avionics systems, hydraulics and pneumatics also feature providing students with hands-on practical experience.
Our sub-sonic wind tunnels are used for basic aerodynamic instruction, testing and demonstrations on various aerofoil shapes and configurations. Whilst our single-seater, full motion, three axes Merlin MP521 engineering flight simulator can be programmed and simulate any existing aircraft type.
Our EASA-approved facilities have also been fully approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).