What is special about this course?
This unique new course is the only one of its kind in Scotland and is designed to produce graduate-calibre aircraft maintenance engineers.
The course meets the requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) category B1 or B2 aircraft maintenance engineering licence syllabus (Part-66). Delivered in conjunction with AST, the oldest aviation training organisation of its type in the world, it provides you with the opportunity to obtain a training certificate in addition to an honours degree. This will reduce the amount of live aircraft work experience you must obtain before applying for a category B, aircraft maintenance engineer licence. Obtaining a category B licence is the first step on the path to becoming a certifying, licensed aircraft engineer, a person responsible for signing-off (certifying) the work carried out on aircraft and their systems and equipment.
The course is taught by staff with industrial experience both in military and civilian environments. You will combine academic and technical knowledge, understanding and skills with the personal qualities and leadership skills needed to succeed in this dynamic industry.
In years one and two, you will develop hand and maintenance skills alongside essential academic knowledge in areas such as maths, aerodynamics and propulsion. In the third year, you will be introduced to management and the wider knowledge and skills required by the aviation industry. In your final year, you will complete a capstone project which will give you the opportunity to showcase all of the skills you have acquired.
You will be based at Perth College UHI which boasts world-class facilities, including hangar spaces for practical activities that replicate an active commercial maintenance environment. You will also benefit from close links with many companies in the aviation industry within Scotland, the UK and worldwide.
An optional professional training package is offered in year three, for which there is an additional charge of £2,500; this package forms part of the requirements to gain fast-track issuing of a category B License but it is not needed to obtain the degree.
Please note: If you leave after successfully completing the first two years of the course and obtaining your EASA licence, an additional fee of approximately £15,000 will be charged to cover the difference in funding between the full degree and the two-year AST approved programme. If you stay on until the end of year 3 or 4, this fee will not be charged.
- Provides you with the opportunity to obtain a training certificate in addition to an honours degree
- Specifically designed to develop your management and leadership skills
- Taught by staff with a wealth of industry experience and knowledge
- You will benefit from the expertise of the AST, the longest-established aviation training organisation of its type in the world
- Close links with the global aviation industry
- Optional professional training package is offered in the third year of the programme
We offer modern student accommodation in Perth ideally suited to students on this course.
3 Scottish Highers at BCC or above: one of these must be Maths; you must have grade B or above in either Maths, Physics or Engineering Science; OR 2 A levels at grade C or above: one of these must be Mathematics
- National 5 Physics at grade B and National 5 English at grade C ORGCSE Physics at grade B and English at grade C
- Alternatively, Foundation Apprenticeship Engineering level 6, or NC level 6 in an engineering discipline, plus National 5 Physics at grade B and National 5 English at grade C
- Applicants with other relevant qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
Advanced entry to year three may be possible with:
- An EASA part-66 category B approved the course, plus possible bridging (determined on an individual basis) OR
- A full category B Licence
Core modules may include:
- Electronic fundamentals for maintenance engineers
- Electrical fundamentals for maintenance engineers
- Materials and hardware for maintenance engineers
- Maths and science for maintenance engineers
- Aviation practical skills 1
- Hangar practices
Core modules may include:
- Human factors and aviation legislation
- Gas turbine engine technology
- Applied aerodynamics and propellor technology
- Aviation practical skills 2
You will also choose one option module which may include:
- Fixed-wing aircraft systems and structures (turbine)
- Helicopter aircraft systems and structures
- Fixed-wing aircraft systems and structures (piston)
- Aircraft avionics systems and structures
Core modules are:
- Project and management 1
- Aircraft maintenance management
- Aircraft reliability and fault diagnosis
- Leadership in aviation
Option modules may include:
- Aircraft and engine performance 1
- Airline operations and quality management
Core modules are:
- Airworthiness requirements for maintenance engineers
- Aviation safety management
- Sustainable aviation
- Aviation crisis management
- Engineering project and project management (double credit)
What can I do on completion of my course?
Successful completion of this course will allow you to enhance your career within the aviation industry, particularly the aircraft maintenance sector, or within other sectors including oil and gas, renewables and nuclear.
About the School
The University of the Highlands and Islands is an integrated university encompassing both further and higher education.