What will I learn?

1st Years students start on 28th Sept - Overseas students may be subject to 2-week self-isolation period before they start their programme.

What is the Course about?

Aircraft Systems refers to all the ‘subsystems’ required to maintain the airworthiness of an aircraft. These systems include flight controls, landing gear, electrical systems, hydraulics, avionics, navigation, communications and instrumentation, amongst others. An aircraft systems engineer can work as a development engineer, developing and testing aircraft systems or components, or can work as a maintenance engineer, testing, calibrating, maintaining and upgrading aircraft systems. Students have access to a multi-million euro on-campus aerospace centre with its own fleet of aircraft, a wind tunnel and an avionics/UAV laboratory.

This course provides an overview of all aspects of aircraft systems. In Year 3, students have a choice of specialising in Mechanical Systems (aircraft structure and engines) or Avionics Systems (autopilot, communications, navigation and radar systems).

Special Features:

  • Course accredited by Engineers Ireland (EI) and the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and graduates are eligible for membership of both organisations.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow has very strong relationships with the organisations in the aviation industry.
  • Exit Award - Higher Certificate in Aircraft Systems after 2 Years.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering (CW568), Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Electronic Systems or Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering course at Institute of Technology Carlow, subject to availability of places and specialism chosen in Year 3 of the BEng in Aircraft Systems.

Institute of Technology Carlow has a Memorandum of Understanding with Cranfield University UK which enables graduates to enter the pre-masters in Engineering at Cranfield University. On completion of this nine month course, graduates can progress to their one-year MSc course.

What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

As aviation is one of the largest industries in the world, Aircraft Systems Engineers have excellent employment opportunities at home and abroad. Graduates may find employment in a variety of roles including management, maintenance, design, flight crew, air traffic control, crash investigation, flight dispatching and ground crew staff. Graduates have secured positions with companies such as Aer Lingus, Ryanair, The European Space Agency, CityJet, Aerospace Inspection International, Spirit AeroSystems, and Eirtech Aviation.

Which department am I in?

Department of Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€10,250.00 (US$ 12,159) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 September 2020, 11 January 2021

Venue

Institute of Technology Carlow

Kilkenny Road,

Carlow,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects. Students must also have an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent; TOEFL Internet Based Test: 79; TOEFL Computer Based Test: 213; TOEFL Paper Based Test: 550; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 50-57; GCE O-Level English Language: Grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE): B2+; TOEIC: 700; GCSE English: Grade C; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grade C; English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP) B2+; Irish Leaving Certificate: Ordinary Level Grade D

For international students

Students must demonstrate that they have reached a level of education in their country of origin that is the equivalent of a Secondary School Diploma (High School Diploma) with good grades in an appropriate language, mathematics and at least 4 other subjects.

English language requirements: TOEFL paper based 550; TOEFL computer based 213; TOEFL internet based (iBT) 79; IELTS 5.5; GCE O level English language – grade C; Test of Interactive English (TIE) – B2+; TOEIC – 700; GCSE English – Grade C; Cambridge certificate in advanced English – Grade C; English test for academic and professional purposes (ETAPP) – B2+; Irish leaving certificate – ordinary level grade D.

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About this uni

IT Carlow offers an inclusive campus environment where students make lifelong friends while reaching academic goals.

  • Undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation programmes
  • Programmes in business, law, humanities, sport and science
  • In Carlow, South East Ireland, near Dublin
  • Known for student sporting excellence