Bachelor of Technology (Aeronautical)

General

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Program Description

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Intended for students with an interest in aviation, aeronautics and flying who wish to have the option of expanding their studies towards becoming an accredited professional in an engineering field.

The only course of its kind in Western Australia, aeronautical technology deals with the science and technology of aviation, including aircraft systems, materials and manufacturing technology, and aircraft operation. Areas of study include a foundation in science and mathematics, along with engineering mechanics, computer-aided design, engineering materials, and thermodynamics and fluids. It also covers specific aviation science subjects such as aircraft systems and structures, aircraft propulsion and aerodynamics. Students will also gain an understanding of the operation and performance of aircraft from the point-of-view of an aviation technologist.

The course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to the aviation industry, and, along with a sound theoretical base, includes strong elements of practical problem-solving, teamwork and project work. As a result, students will have multiple technical and transferable skill competencies and will graduate with strong analytical skills and the ability to contribute to complex projects.

Provided appropriate electives are chosen, graduating students can apply to articulate into ECU's Master of Engineering course, specialising in either Mechanical or Civil Engineering. This enables students to achieve professional engineer status after a further two years of study.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

It is desirable that all applicants have passed Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents, considered, and Physics ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR, with equivalents, considered. Alternatively, applicants can complete bridging units during the first year of their studies, if required, if students have not passed one or more of these subjects.

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

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Course Details

Semester availability

  • Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup
  • Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCA1125 Fundamentals of Flight 15
ENM1102 Engineering Drawing and Computer-Aided Design 15
MAT1137 Introductory Applied Mathematics 15
ENS1154 Introduction to Engineering 15

Note: Students who have not passed Mathematics: Methods ATAR (or equivalent) must complete the bridging unit MAT1108 Foundations of Mathematics before they can enrol in MAT1137 Introductory Applied Mathematics. Students who have passed Year 11 Mathematics: Methods ATAR (or equivalent) can consider discussing a pre-requisite waiver with the Mathematics coordinator to enable them to enrol into MAT1137 Introductory Applied Mathematics. Note: Students who have passed Mathematics: Methods ATAR or Mathematics: Specialist ATAR (or equivalents) should enrol in MAT1250 Mathematics 1 in Year 1 Semester 1 in place of MAT1137 Introductory Applied Mathematics, and enrol in an additional elective in Year 1 Semester 2 in place of MAT1250 Mathematics 1.

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS1101 Engineering Mechanics 15
ENS1253 Electrical Engineering 1B 15
MAT1250 Mathematics 1 15
MAT1251 Mathematics 2 15

Note: Students who have not passed Physics ATAR (or equivalent) must complete the bridging unit SCP1132 Introduction to Physics before they can enrol in ENS1101 Engineering Mechanics.

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS2159 Engineering Innovation and Ethics 15
ENS1115 Materials and Manufacturing 1 15
ENS2108 Mechanical Science 15
SCA1116 Aviation Legislation and Regulatory Frameworks 15

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCA2224 Aircraft Systems 15
ENS2113 Engineering Dynamics 15
ENS1180 Introduction to Energy and Resource Engineering 15
Elective Unit   15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3173 Technology Practicum  
ENS2170 Principles of Industrial Maintenance 15
ENM2104 Instrumentation and Measurement 15
SCA3100 Aircraft Propulsion 15
Elective Unit   15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
ENS3201 Technology Project 15
ENS3190 Mechanics of Solids 15
SCA2212 Advanced Aerodynamics 15
ENS5543 Engineering Management 15

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad discipline knowledge of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of technical knowledge relating to aerodynamics and aviation.
  • Apply systematic engineering synthesis and design processes to conduct and manage projects in the aeronautical technology domain, with some intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate a global outlook and knowledge of contextual factors impacting the aeronautical technology domain, including respect for cultural diversity and indigenous cultural competence.
  • Demonstrate clear and coherent oral and written communication in professional and lay domains, using digital technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant knowledge from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the mathematical knowledge and skills which underpin the aeronautical technology domain and fluently apply related techniques, tools and resources in a variety of contexts.
  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership to implement aeronautical projects according to relevant standards of ethical conduct, sustainable practice and professional accountability.
  • Demonstrate initiative, planning and decision making through reflective practice and identify opportunities for continued development in a professional context.
  • Think critically, and apply established engineering and aeronautical methods to broadly defined aviation problems.

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Aeronautical Technologist, Mechanical Technologist.

Last updated May 2020

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