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Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical)

Design and operate the aircraft of tomorrow

Prepare for a career in the space and aviation industries and comprehend how aircraft operate within Earth's atmosphere and space

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Develop a complex understanding of the design of a flight vehicle

  • Top 3 in Australia

    Placed in the top 3 engineering and technology universities in Australia by the 2017 QS University Rankings.

  • 1st for employability

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability.

Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) develops a comprehensive understanding of the design process and operation of aircraft within the Earth's atmosphere and in space. By combining practical learning and industry experience, this program will equip you for the aerospace industry's next evolution.
 

As an aeronautical engineering student, you will be taught by leading professionals within the aerospace industry through hands-on learning throughout your degree. You will develop a complex understanding of flight vehicle design, including knowledge of aerodynamics, propulsion systems, structural design, materials, avionics, and stability and control systems.

During your degree you will participate in construction of a light aircraft, developing a multifaceted knowledge of design, operations and aeronautical regulations. Through this process you will also learn that maintaining and operating a flight vehicle requires a deep understanding of materials, reliability and maintenance. This knowledge will equip you to structurally analyse and assess aircraft for repairs.

In your third year you will conduct hands-on experiments with wind-tunnel tests, gain elementary flying experience and design your own industry-style test projects. In addition to a 12-week internship, you will complete a final-year honours thesis that enables you to specialise in a particular aerospace field, such as helicopter design, structural optimisation or experimental aerodynamics.

Majors

All majors below are optional. This course offers the Space Engineering major to high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 99 or above. Additional study will be required if an optional major is selected. Certain majors may have limited capacity.

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Study plan for this course

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical Engineering) is undertaken full-time over four years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum of 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. From first to fourth year students complete core units of study within the degree. Electives are available third and fourth year to provide more specialised study at a senior level, in areas such as helicopter design, structural optimisation and experimental aerodynamics. Students undertake an Honours thesis or engineering project in fourth year.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and Physics. If you attempt engineering without this prior level of knowledge of Mathematics you may experience difficulty, so you are strongly advised to undertake an appropriate bridging course.

Honours

This course has an embedded Honours program, with all students undertaking a research thesis in the final year. Honours will be awarded to students who achieve a sufficient standard of merit.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Aeronautical Engineering) includes the opportunity to undertake practical flying training. Specialisation in areas like helicopter design, structural optimisation and experimental aerodynamics may be part of a thesis in the final year of the course. You will complete work placements and practical simulation using wind tunnel technology and flight simulators, and work on actual aircraft and aircraft components to measure structural and aerodynamic characteristics.

This course includes mandatory completion of the Professional Engagement Program (PEP). The program requires completion of 600 hours of professional engagement experiences integrated continuously throughout the degree. It is designed to allow students to contextualise their learning, enhance their own professional development, and build the foundations of a strong professional engineering career.

The course offers an exchange program with leading aerospace universities in the northern hemisphere.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and by other major professional engineering institutions. Our graduates are also recognised internationally through the Washington Accord of the International Engineering Alliance.

Career paths

As an aeronautical engineer, you'll have a wide choice of career opportunities. Almost all our graduates find full-time employment within four months of completing their course. And because aircraft are the same all over the world, you can work in any country. You can expect to be employed in design research and certification in the airline/aerospace industry, general engineering positions, and manufacturing and assembly positions in Australia or overseas. You'll be able to use your practical and theoretical knowledge to design, manufacture, modify, repair, overhaul, operate and certify aircraft. With initiative, you could go on to a senior management position and become a future leader in this technology. You'll also be well equipped to work in a variety of other areas, including aerospace technologies, navigation systems, low-speed aerodynamics, such as automotive design, structural analysis, control of machines, engineering design, computer operation and software engineering, and communication.

Further study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering disciplines, and offers a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. The faculty's postgraduate coursework and research are focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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