Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Scheme in Aviation Engineering
航空工程學(榮譽)工學士組合課程


Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3140

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation
  • 124 (plus 10 training credits)
  • Students without Physics in their entry qualifications are required to take ONE extra subject in Physics.

Note: The credits required may vary depending on students’ individual academic backgrounds.

Scheme/Programme Intake
56 (The quota is indicative only and subject to changes or confirmation)
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Leader

Dr K.H. Ng
BSc, PhD, MIEEE, MIET, AIAA, ATRS, InstMC

Programme Leader – BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering

Dr Yiping Jiang
BEng, MEng, PhD

Programme Leader – BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

Dr Gangyan Xu
PhD

Remarks
  • The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Scheme in Aviation Engineering includes the following two awards:
    • BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering
    • BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering
  • The credit requirements of this scheme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • Students are allowed to enrol on any awards without being subject to further assessment.

 

Admission to BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering or BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

  • Students who wish to enrol in either the BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering or the BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering should apply for admission to the BEng (Hons) Scheme in Aviation Engineering.

 

Deferred Choice between BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering and BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

Students who are admitted to the Scheme study together during the first two years and then pursue their preferred programmes, normally within the next two years, until graduation. This arrangement enables students to choose their study path once they have obtained a solid understanding of the programmes during the first two years.

 

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering

This programme aims to produce highly skilled graduates with:

  1. In-depth understanding of the aviation and aeronautical engineering systems and up-to-date technologies, as well as specialized knowledge in a chosen stream of study.
  2. Competence to handle different engineering problems academically and practically in the aviation and aeronautical industry.
  3. Sufficient knowledge to manage and solve problems through effective and efficient project management and planning.
  4. Effective in communication with different stakeholders by the use of state-of-the arts technologies and aviation and aeronautical language (both English and Chinese).

 

BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

This programme aims to produce highly skilled graduates with:

  1. In-depth understanding of the air transport operations, resource planning, human-centred design of aviation systems and airworthiness and up-to-date technologies, as well as specialized knowledge in a chosen stream of study.
  2. Competence to handle different engineering problems practically and academically in the aviation industry.
  3. Sufficient knowledge and skills to manage different projects related to the aviation sector effectively and efficiently.
  4. Confidence in communicating with different parties and stakeholders by the use of state-of-the-art technologies and aviation language (both English and Chinese).

 

Programme Characteristics

The Aviation Engineering Scheme aims to train students to become aeronautical and aviation engineers who possess strong skills in and in-depth knowledge of engineering and engineering management, as well as a sense of social and environmental responsibility.

 

BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering

Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in aircraft component design and engineering, aeronautical engineering, aircraft design, safety, control, navigation and unmanned aerial systems and propulsion systems, and many other areas.

 

BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in air transport engineering, airport operations and engineering, airline operations and management, air logistics and supply chain operations, and management and human factors engineering.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Full accreditation will be sought from the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) for the BEng(Hons) in Aviation Engineering and BEng(Hons) in Air Transport Engineering.

 

Career Prospects

Graduates are equipped to seek employment in the professional aircraft maintenance engineering and pilot training sectors. Some of our AAE graduates enrol in Master’s or doctoral degree programmes at local or overseas universities based on their interests and career aspirations.

 

BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering

Graduates of the BEng(Hons) in Aviation Engineering pursue careers in various areas of aviation engineering, such as aerodynamics, aircraft design, and control and propulsion systems. They also have extensive opportunities to join the public and private aviation technology and R&D sectors.

 

BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

Graduates of the BEng(Hons) in Air Transport Engineering can pursue careers in various air transport engineering and operations fields, including flight standards and airworthiness, aircraft leasing, aviation safety and reliability, airport and line operations and management, airport engineering, air transport and supply chain engineering and operations, and human factors engineering. They also have extensive opportunities to join the public and private aviation technology and R&D sectors.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The 124 academic credits required consist of 30 mandatory credits of General University Requirements (GUR) and 94 credits of Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR).

 

BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering

First Study Year

The curriculum is common to both programmes. Students receive a broad education in mathematics and science and learn about the role and responsibilities of an engineer. This provides them with a strong foundation, including two introductory subjects on aircraft and aviation systems, for their continued study of aviation engineering.

 

Second Study Year 

The curriculum is common to both programmes. Students acquire knowledge of material, mechanics, electrical and electronics engineering issues that are fundamental to aircraft and aviation systems. In addition, students gain hands-on experience of aircraft component manufacturing and maintenance.

 

Third Study Year 

The third year curriculum provides students with more advanced knowledge of aircraft structure and materials, aerodynamics, propulsion, aircraft dynamics, and control and avionics. This strengthens their core knowledge base and supports their further study.

 

Final Study Year

Students can apply their skills and knowledge in a final-year project to build up their professional skills as an engineer. Each student can choose a topic that interests them, e.g. UAV, avionics, or aircraft design. They can also choose to focus on a desired elective stream to acquire specialised knowledge.

 

BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

First Study Year

The curriculum is common to both programmes. Students receive a broad education in mathematics and science and learn about the role and responsibilities of an engineer. This provides them with a strong foundation, including two introductory subjects on aircraft and aviation systems, for their continued study of aviation engineering.

 

Second Study Year 

The curriculum is common to both programmes. Students acquire knowledge of material, mechanics, electrical and electronics engineering issues that are fundamental to aircraft and aviation systems. In addition, students gain hands-on experience of aircraft component manufacturing and maintenance.

 

Third Study Year

Students first build up their core knowledge of aviation safety, reliability, aircraft performance, flight management, airport services engineering, airline operations and human factors engineering. This gives them a solid understanding of aviation and furthers and supports their pursuit of a specialised stream of study.

 

Final Study Year

Students can apply their skills and knowledge in a final-year project on operations research, airworthiness and regulation, or aviation project management to build up their professional skills as engineers. Meanwhile, they can focus on a desired elective stream to acquire specialised knowledge.

 

Stream study for BEng (Hons) in Aviation Engineering and BEng(Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

Students can choose to pursue one of the following study streams:

  • Unmanned Autonomous Systems
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aviation Service Engineering
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering*
  • Introduction to Pilot Ground Theory

* Students who opt for HKAR-66 (B1.1) licenced aircraft engineer training are required to choose the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering stream. The professional aircraft maintenance training option in HKAR-66 (B1.1) is available to students enrolled in both programmes with an additional training fee.

 

Other Learning Experiences

Summer internships, industry visits, on-site experience sharing, and industrial training are arranged to complement classroom teaching and enhance students’ learning and industry experience in the fields of aeronautics and aviation. Industry training is provided by the PolyU Industrial Centre.

 

Work-Integrated Education

Students are required to undertake at least two weeks of full-time WIE in a suitable organisation before graduation.

Secondary Major Details

Secondary Major Details

No Secondary Major on offer.

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University’s General Entrance Requirements.


There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
  • Information and Communication Technology

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 20.2 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact
the General Office (tel.: 3400 2489; email: aae.info@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


Time flies! During my four years as an Aviation Engineering student at PolyU, both the University and the AAE Department have provided me with numerous resources and opportunities that have enriched and broadened my understanding of the aviation industry.

 

This degree not only provides electives that are related to aircraft maintenance engineering but also offers subjects related to aircraft financing, pilot ground theory, data management, etc., which prepare graduates for careers in various fields of the aviation industry.

 

As an engineering student, I have spent a great deal of my time in the Industrial Centre (IC) taking engineering classes. At the IC, students obtain valuable practical experience through getting their hands dirty. Various welding, wiring and other techniques are demonstrated to us and we are required to apply them to complete various tasks and assignments within a given period of time. I was able to use these techniques to assemble and build a quadrotor during one of the courses in the later stage of my studies.

 

In all, studying at PolyU and in the AAE Department has been challenging yet rewarding. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge and skills I have gained in my future career.


SIN Ka Yin



As a member of the second cohort of students to enrol in this programme, I feel blessed to have chosen Aviation Engineering as my major. The programme is well structured, providing both theoretical and technical knowledge to prepare graduates to enter the aviation industry. We learn about aerodynamics, avionics and much more, building the solid foundation necessary to become an aircraft engineer. The workshops I have attend in the Industrial Centre have allowed me to gain hands-on experience of techniques such as carbon fibre manufacturing and welding. These are some of the unique features of the programme, in my opinion.

 

There are also ample opportunities for students to explore the unknown and step out of their comfort zone. My journey to Sydney, Australia as an exchange student was one such opportunity. It was a fruitful experience, allowing me to learn about an entirely new culture. I also helped to promote PolyU by joining the Student Ambassador scheme, which developed my leadership potential and enhanced my interpersonal skills. By sharing my university life with secondary students, I hope to attract more students to the University and the programme. I hope to see you on campus in the coming year!


LEE Long Hei



My name is David and I am a second-year intake student in the BEng(Hons) Aviation Engineering programme. I first became interested in aviation, especially piloting, when playing a flight simulator game on a computer. To obtain more professional aviation knowledge and skills, I chose to study Aviation Engineering at PolyU.

 

The Aviation Engineering programme enriches students’ aviation expertise in many ways.

  • In terms of knowledge, we learn about a wide range of aviation subjects, such as aerodynamics, aircraft propulsion, flight mechanics, airplane performance, and aircraft structures.  
  • In terms of experience, our department has lots of aviation resources and equipment, such as an Airbus 320 flight simulator, three GA simulators, an open wind tunnel, a gas turbine, and a virtual turbofan engine test bench. These can be used for flight training, experiments, and research.
  • In terms of understanding, our division sometimes organises career talks and sharing. The speakers include pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers. Their stories give us insights into various careers in the aviation industry.

 

All in all, Aviation Engineering is helping me to realise my dream of becoming a pilot.


CHE Ka Ho



I developed a great interest in aviation at a young age. This led me to PolyU’s Aviation Engineering programme. I have just finished my third year of study.

 

My three years of learning have been interesting and meaningful. The programme offers various aviation-related courses, allowing us to learn about aerodynamics, avionics, and aircraft propulsion systems. I also had the chance to take some basic courses in my first year of study to build up my fundamental understanding of physics and mathematics. This has enabled me to follow the challenging theories and concepts in later courses.

 

I have also had the chance to learn through hands-on practice in the Industrial Centre. My classmates and I have tried to construct an aircraft’s composite materials, and we have learned the working principles of a pneumatic system. Such experiences definitely make the courses fun and allow us to relate textbook knowledge to practical work.

 

The Department also provides ample support for our studies and career planning. Overall, the last few years have been a great experience. I am looking forward to my final year of study.


WONG Kwan Long Clement



I was chosen to join one of the very first cohorts of students enrolled in the Aviation Engineering programme. At first, I was both nervous and excited. Initially, I had limited knowledge of the theories and working principles of aircraft and the aviation industry. I was passionate about acquiring as much knowledge as I could, so I tried very hard to learn about the professional aspects of aviation, including its mechanical, electrical, and electronic features. Although I encountered many difficulties in my studies, the AAE Department provided me with ample support and resources.

 

Theoretical courses such as Introduction to the Aviation Industry, Mechanics of Materials, Control Systems of Aircraft, and Aerodynamics familiarise students with the operation of the aviation industry. Physics and mathematics courses help us understand and perform sophisticated analyses. In addition to these theoretical courses, practical training courses are available in the Industrial Centre. From safety rules to practical work, such as the actual fabrication and machining of aircraft components and materials, we are given opportunities to thoroughly apply what we have learned in lectures and prepare  for our future careers in the aviation industry.

 

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TSOI Chak Kam



Unlike many of my peers who are passionate in aviation before entering ATE, the study in PolyU aroused my interest in aviation. I learnt much from the diversified curriculum, from aircraft structure and working principles to aircraft maintenance practices. Practical lessons in IC also consolidated my understanding of aircraft maintenance for devoting to this industry.

 

In addition to the program-specific subjects and IC training, I am also a member of the newly introduced HKAR-147 aircraft maintenance training offered by AAE. I acquired deeper knowledge in aircraft maintenance that helps me to pursue my goal on being an aircraft maintenance engineer. Also, I am honoured to gain both theoretical and practical skills from the experienced professionals from the industry.

 

Besides, I participated in the internship of the China Aircraft Services Limited. Although it is miserable that practical maintenance training is suspended due to the pandemic, I gained additional out-of-the-classroom knowledge and familiarised with the future working environment. Lastly, it was a valuable opportunity for me to join the HKIE CA Paper competition and received the champion which drew my university life to a perfect end.


LEE Wing Tung



During the study in BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering programme, the programme gave me an opportunity to gain knowledge about aviation industry. The most remarkable course ‘Airport Service Engineering’ consolidated my understanding of the operations of an airport, and acquired knowledge on cost and efficiency optimisations of airport operations through various techniques such as facility planning.

 

Not only to provide us academic knowledge, the Industrial Centre (IC) training allowed me to apply engineering concepts in manufacturing processes such as fibre composites fabrication, sheet-metal fabrication, and digital machining. Through hands-on practices in a project setting, these valuable opportunities provide us practical skills that are widely applicable in the industry.

 

A highlight of my study is the capstone project in collaboration with Hong Kong Aero Engine Service Limited (HAESL), a local maintenance, repair, and overhaul organization (MRO). In the project, our team designed a new lifting tool for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB High Pressure Turbine System. The project provides me a solid experience in real-world applications of SolidWorks and structural analysis for aviation. I also obtained many opinions from the engineers in HAESL to further improve our design, which is the most beneficial to my future career.


LEE Ho Ying



The PolyU BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering has equipped me well for a career in the aviation industry. The programme focuses not only on aircraft engineering theories but also on aviation operations, including airworthiness, human factors and aviation logistics. Besides, the training at the Industrial Centre gave me hands-on skills in fibre composite fabrication, sheet metal-working and machining, which are all manufacturing methods widely used in aeronautical engineering.

 

Moreover, my summer internship at China Aircraft Services Limited (CASL) gave me solid work experience in a maintenance and repair organization. During the internship, I assisted the engineers in performing maintenance and repair work in the hangar. I also obtained the skills needed to read and interpret aircraft maintenance manual and logbooks, which will be very useful for my future career in the aircraft maintenance engineering field. Overall, this internship experience was extremely rewarding.

 

Apart from that, many talk sessions and aviation firm visits are organized by the Department, which offer students insights into the latest developments in the industry. In addition, the government has set up the Hong Kong Aviation Scholarship Scheme for students enrolled in aviation-related programmes. I am honoured to be one of the awardees. The scholarship has not only provided me with the financial support I need to focus on learning, but also given me the motivation to develop my career in the aviation industry.


LIM Cheong Sik Nathanael



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