Aerospace is a very exciting industry to work in. There are several large global projects currently underway, including Airbus's new double-decker commercial aircraft the A380, Boeing's Dreamliner 787, new high-tech military projects to replace ageing aircraft, and space tourism not that far away!
The Bristol Institute of Technology has a long history of working with the aerospace industry regionally, nationally and internationally. They are a preferred academic provider to Airbus UK Engineering, Filton, and work closely with the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) on a host of initiatives to promote, develop and sustain aerospace education and professional development here in the South West. Additionally, they work collaboratively with aerospace companies, aerospace organisations and other universities on research contracts and projects.
The first year of your study will provide you with the fundamentals of engineering, therefore all the modules are 'core' - this means that you have to do them.
In your second year you will start to specialise in Aeronautics and in manufacturing subjects such as CAD/CAM. At the end of your second year, you make the choice about whether to stay in the BEng(Hons) degree or whether to move to the MEng degree.
The final years offer some option modules alongside further core modules. The individual project has an important part to play, enabling you to demonstrate your ability to work independently and allowing you to study an in-depth problem of your own choosing.
MEng Individual Project; Aero Engineering; Operations and Quality Management; Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Inspection and Test, Aerospace Materials and Automated Manufacture.
Individual Project; MEng Group Project, Aerospace Manufacturing Technology. Plus option modules from Electromechanical Systems Integration, Concurrent Engineering, Lean Engineering and Decision Support Tools for Continuous Improvement.
There is evidence of a demand for graduates with a systems approach to engineering problem solving. This is particularly evident in the aerospace sector where engineering projects often involve multi-disciplinary teams working on long-term design and product development programmes. It is anticipated that graduates from this degree will play a major role in the realisation of such programmes in high technology companies such as Airbus UK, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and AgustaWestland Helicopters. Previous graduates have taken up employment in companies concerned with the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft, helicopters and jet engines.