About this course
This two-year course, equivalent to two A-Levels is ideal for school leavers who are interested in both Aerospace and Aviation Science including General Engineering. The course will provide you with the core skills and knowledge required to work as an aircraft fitter or unlicensed engineer in the aviation industry. The course gives you the fantastic opportunity to learn about various aircraft topics including aircraft systems, materials and hardware, hydraulics, propulsion to position you well for a successful career in aerospace. The course is approximately 20 hours per week over the course of two years and has the mandatory requirements of gaining knowledge, practical hand skills in both mechanical and electrical/avionic competence as well as a minimum of 5 weeks compulsory work experience in year 2. By the end of the first year, you will have achieved a nationally recognised Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma qualification. You will have some knowledge and basic skills in production or maintenance engineering already, most likely from school during technical / workshop studies or from work-experience.
What you will study
Whilst on this course you'll study:
Year 1 Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering (90 Credits)
- Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace (10 credits)
- Mechanical Principles and Applications (10 credits)
- Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (10 credits)
- Electrical and Electronic Principles (10 credits)
- Business Operations (10 credits)
- Further Mathematics (10 credits)
Plus 30 additional credits:
- Theory of Flight (10 credits)
- Technical Drawing and CAD (10 credits)
- Aircraft Maintenance Practices (10 credits)
Year 2 is progression only Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (90 Credits)
- Engineering Project (20 credits)
- Principles and Applications of Aircraft Mechanical Science (10 credits)
- Aircraft Materials and Hardware (15 credits)
- Aircraft Workshop Principles and Practices (15 credits)
- Human Factors (10 credits)
- Aircraft Propulsion systems (10 credits)
- Gas Turbine Engines (10 credits)
- Aircraft Hydraulic Systems (10 credits)
There is a mandatory requirement in year 2 of the course to gain a minimum of 5 weeks work experience. CAVC will support the candidate in finding suitable work experience. To develop your practical skills you will maintain CAVC’s JetStream and Bulldog aircraft as well as developing your hand skills to perform mechanical structural repair and workshop tasks. Subject to funding you may be involved in building a Skyranger two seater aircraft; you will be hands on from the first bolt to seeing the aircraft in flight.
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £30.00
Applicants who hold or are predicated to gain a minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade A* to C or equivalent. To include A* to C in a Maths and Science subject, preferably Physics. Are also: - Keen and motivated to work in an engineering environment - Willing to undertake a course of intense training - Have completed tests in basic numeracy, literacy and communication skills and have spatial awareness Would be eligible to apply for this course.
Teaching and assessment
The qualification is assessed by a combination of centre devised practical assessments and assignments covering the topics detailed in the course content. Your hand-skills in the workshop will be continually assessed and marked.
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