Did you know that the Airbus A380, Boeing Dreamliner and Eurofighter Typhoon each had key mechanical and electrical systems designed and developed here in this country? The UK is also one of few countries in the world with the resources to design and manufacture advanced helicopters.
Accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and based within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive, this course is designed to provide the vital skills required to work as a knowledgeable and skilled engineer in the Aerospace industry.
You should develop practical system design skills with hands-on access to our remarkable equipment, which includes a Harrier Jump Jet, flight simulation suite and the Mercedes Petronas Wind Tunnel and industry standard software. Such equipment contributes to the reason we have such high levels of student satisfaction – 97% overall in the latest National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to explore the intricacies of aircraft systems design, the complexities of aerospace programme management, the various types of system failure and how they can be prevented through improved aircraft design.
Our suite of ‘Mechanical Engineering’ courses are ranked 7th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
Designed to support the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC), this course aims to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of systems engineering and aerospace management. Primarily based upon mechanical systems for aerospace vehicles, you will also have the opportunity to gain a good practical knowledge of electrical and electronic engineering.
Why choose this course?
Coventry’s aerospace degree courses offer innovative curriculum and learning opportunities, strong industry links and excellent technical facilities.
The aerospace industry provides one of the most challenging environments for the development and testing of new technologies. Offering a range of exciting careers, there is a growing demand for aerospace engineers with systems knowledge who can perform in a multidisciplinary team to support the design, testing and in-service support aspects of the next generation of aircraft systems.
We aim to develop a wide-ranging, practical understanding of mechanical, electrical and aerospace systems engineering and how this knowledge is applied in the aerospace industry.
This course is taught with a focus of developing your problem-solving skills, particularly in the areas of design support, product testing and in-service support. You should gain detailed experience and understanding of how aircraft systems work whilst gaining valuable skill in applying the same processes and procedures used in the aerospace industry.
You can also gain experience of the industry first-hand through our exciting industry fieldtrips, which have previously included Emirates Airlines in Dubai, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in the US and Airbus (Toulouse), Airbus (Marseille) and Finmeccanica in Europe (additional costs and availability may apply).
The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering enjoys a global reputation for excellent teaching, outstanding student experience and exciting research. We work closely with the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and our strong industry links, with companies such as Emirates, Jaguar Land Rover, GE Aviation, Meggitt, UTC Aerospace Systems, Airbus, Rolls Royce, Unipart and Birmingham International Airport, lead to placement opportunities and collaborative projects
We are focused on preparing you for your first professional position and future careers, using our industrial and strategic partnerships to provide industry visits and industrial placement opportunities, which has led to past students working overseas at Airbus in France and Berntrandt in Germany.
You will be taught by staff with industry and research experience in a variety of disciplines, such as aerodynamics, flight dynamics and avionics having worked for Bombardier, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Marston Aerospace and the Ministry of Defence. Their research expertise ranges from aerodynamics, flight dynamics, aircraft structural analysis, crashworthiness modelling and avionics to human factors in aviation; it is utilised both within the research informed teaching on the course and in the final year project.
The highly practical and technical focus of the programme concentrates on engineering mathematics, aircraft systems, control systems, aerodynamics, aircraft structures and manufacturing, mechanical engineering and engineering management; all of which give our graduates a strong base from which to start professional work in aerospace design using the latest software tools. Previous students have obtained jobs in the military as pilots and engineers, as systems design engineers and engineers in various aspects of the aerospace industry.
After the United States, the UK has the second largest aerospace industry in the world, employing around 230,000 people in over 3,000 companies, including BAE Systems, GKN and Rolls-Royce, and a range of international companies with operations in the UK, such as Airbus, Cobham, AgustaWestland, Finmeccanica, Thales, Boeing and Bombardier.
This course aims to produce graduates with the skills to become successful design engineers and engineering managers, both in aerospace and the wider engineering context, in fields such as aircraft and components design and manufacture, maintenance and testing, propulsion systems, flight simulation, aviation, avionics, patent engineering, financial services and many more.
When you are ready to find permanent employment, you will also have the opportunity to receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.
Previous graduates have obtained jobs in the military as pilots and engineers, as systems design engineers for Marshalls of Cambridge and Rolls Royce in Derby, and engineers in various aspects of the aerospace industry, with companies such as Meggitt, Goodrich, Moog and HS Marstons.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.