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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

Credits 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 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
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.

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 Detail

Secondary Major Details

No Secondary Major on offer.

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.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.

 

 

Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 3400 2489; email: aae.info@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


Now in my final year, I have enjoyed every moment of PolyU’s Aviation Engineering programme, and am honoured to have been admitted. The Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering department offers a warm and friendly environment, with excellent support for students from department staff to make them feel at home. I strongly believe that prospective students who are looking for advanced campus facilities and are interested in aviation should consider the BEng(Hons) in Aviation Engineering. The programme has many excellent professors and boasts versatile expertise from the industry as well as academia, ranging from navigation systems to robotics, control, etc. Below are some of my favourite aspects of this programme.

 

Internship Opportunities

Our department maintains partnerships with many local and overseas aviation organisations to provide internships for students. I had the opportunity to intern at world-renowned companies such as Boeing, Cathay Pacific, and HAESL. Working in the US for six months was an eye-opening experience. I gained insights into the aviation industry and developed my professional engineering, business, and negotiation skills. These experiences taught me that learning never ends, and that it requires patience, consistency, and self-evaluation. Those who choose to learn continuously are the ones who are best prepared to live life to the fullest.

 

International Exposure

AAE also offers students numerous university exchange opportunities and emphasises the need for international exposure. I had the chance to undertake a student exchange trip to Melbourne, Australia for a semester. There, I made wonderful friends from different countries, immersed myself in a multi-cultural environment, and embraced dynamic changes. This truly changed my perspective and taught me a global mindset.

 

Competitions

I also had the opportunity to compete with representatives of other universities in Arizona, US to design and construct a UAV. The most exciting part was the challenge of designing an aircraft with multiple requirements, which can only be achieved by complex multidisciplinary work. I applied my knowledge from the programme and developed leadership skills and technical expertise that I would not have gained without the guidance of excellent professors and encouragement from the department.

 

Projects and Research Experience

Last, our department supports students in exploring their future pathways and encourages them to undertake various kinds of projects and research. With the wholesome support and guidance of Dr Li-Ta Hsu, I had the opportunity to undertake individual research. This enabled me to deepen my knowledge and interests, as well as to develop a closer bond with the department.

Finally, I look forward to many more enriching experiences and have nothing but the utmost gratitude for our department. These four years’ studying at AAE have been the most fruitful imaginable!


LEE Max Jwo Lem



Time flies. As I write this, I am preparing to embark on the final year of my studies. My journey in AE so far has been fruitful and exciting. The courses have given me solid theoretical knowledge of aeronautical and aviation engineering, and training in the Industrial Centre (IC) has strengthened my understanding of hands-on practical tasks in aviation engineering via a simulated environment.

 

The industry exposure offered by the AE programme has also taught me more about various roles in aviation. Some of my peers have interned with local aviation authorities, airlines, and MROs, and I did on-the-job training in a local MRO through the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers’ Aircraft Engineer Development Scheme. During the pandemic, I also interned with OpenAirlines, working on aircraft noise modelling. The internship exposed me to numerous aviation career pathways and introduced me to research and development in the field.

 

Although AAE offers close industry connections, with some classes taught by industry practitioners, academic scholarship is the bedrock of the Department. AAE offers undergraduate research opportunities with support from academic staff. My core research interests are aviation operations and human factors in aviation. During my undergraduate research project, I had the invaluable opportunity to extend my minor studies of applied psychology to aviation and deepen my understanding through enquiry-based study.

 

Offering solid academic support and close industry connections, the AE programme is the right choice for anyone who wishes to study aviation at undergraduate level. This is where your aviation journey will truly take off.


YIU Cho Yin



This programme prepares students to excel in the aviation industry, providing a wide range of learning opportunities, such as pilot-based and manufacturing electives.

 

One of the highlights of my time as an AAE student was assisting with research on UAV urban navigation. This equipped me with a lot of technical skills that are not taught in class. Besides various research opportunities, entering competitions gave me valuable hands-on experience. I even built a carbon-fibre model aircraft for the AIAA DBF competition. The Department offers many resources to support students’ learning. Moreover, the programme is taught by world-renowned professors and experts from the industry. 


CHENG Cheuk Wai



During my four years as an undergraduate studying aviation engineering, I acquired extensive knowledge and skills in various areas of the aviation industry, from theoretical knowledge of aerodynamics, flight stability, and avionics to practical technical skills in aircraft maintenance and component manufacturing.

Meanwhile, the programme gave me international exposure. I received HKAR-66 AML training under the Aircraft Engineer Development Scheme offered by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. I took an exchange study trip to the University of Surrey, UK to attend challenging aerospace courses. I also worked as an engineering intern in a UAV start-up company named Nordluft Automation in Stockholm, Sweden.

I also had the chance to intern as a technician in the HKCAD, during which I gained a tremendous amount of insights into and experience of the Hong Kong aviation industry. Last but not least, I undertook a fascinating and fruitful final-year project. My team and I designed and built a learning-based navigation system for a quadrotor UAV to accomplish autonomous object-searching and object-tracking in an unknown environment with collision-free flight. To conclude, this four-year programme is definitely a fulfilling learning journey for any aviation enthusiast.


YIU Chi Hao



I strongly recommend this programme to students who wish to equip themselves to become professionals in the aviation industry. The programme broadened my horizons and enriched both my technical knowledge and my non-technical knowledge. The programme is taught by both world-renowned professors and experts from the industry.

 

Besides, AAE provides various opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in events and activities, such as joining international exchanges, internships, and competitions. One of the highlights of my AAE studies was entering the AIAA DBF competition. This is an annual competition that takes place in the USA. Students have the chance to design, build and fly an aircraft, competing with teams from 100 universities worldwide. I entered the competition for two years in a row and served as a team leader. Through this competition, I had the opportunity to put my theoretical understanding of various subjects into practice by creating an actual flying machine. With AAE’s solid support and world-class facilities, we were the only team from a Hong Kong university that managed to construct our aircraft from a carbon fibre composite. Furthermore, the competition gave me the chance to learn soft skills such as project management, acquiring funding, and teamwork.

 

I very much enjoyed my time at PolyU as an aviation engineering student. I strongly recommend this programme to all students who are looking to join this fast-growing industry as professionals.


CHAN Man Hei



Unlike many of my peers, who were passionate about aviation before entering ATE, I became interested in aviation during my studies at PolyU. I learned much from the diverse curriculum, from aircraft structure and working principles to aircraft maintenance practices. Practical lessons in the IC also consolidated my understanding of aircraft maintenance, a key area of the industry.

 

In addition to taking programme-specific subjects and receiving IC training, I undertook the newly introduced HKAR-147 aircraft maintenance training offered by AAE. I acquired deeper knowledge of aircraft maintenance, helping me to pursue my goal of becoming an aircraft maintenance engineer. I was also lucky enough to learn both theoretical and practical skills from experienced professionals in the industry.

 

I also interned at China Aircraft Services Limited during my studies. Although practical maintenance training had unfortunately been suspended due to the pandemic, I gained additional out-of-the-classroom knowledge and familiarised myself with my future work environment. Lastly, I had the invaluable opportunity to enter the HKIE CA Paper competition. Being awarded the championship was the perfect end to my university life.


LEE Wing Tung



The BEng(Hons) in Air Transport Engineering programme gave me numerous opportunities to gain knowledge of the aviation industry. The most memorable course was Airport Service Engineering, which consolidated my understanding of the operations of an airport and introduced me to cost and efficiency optimisation for airport operations through techniques such as facility planning.

 

As well as gaining academic knowledge, I received practical training in the Industrial Centre (IC), which allowed me to apply engineering concepts to manufacturing processes such as fibre composite fabrication, sheet-metal fabrication, and digital machining. This hands-on experience in a project setting gave me practical skills that are widely applicable in the industry.

 

Another highlight of my studies was working on a capstone project in collaboration with Hong Kong Aero Engine Service Limited (HAESL), a local maintenance, repair, and overhaul organisation. Our team designed a new lifting tool for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB High Pressure Turbine System. The project gave me solid experience of real-world applications of SolidWorks and structural analysis for aviation. I also obtained guidance from engineers at HAESL on improving our design, which will be hugely beneficial to my career development.


LEE Ho Ying



PolyU’s BEng(Hons) in Air Transport Engineering 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, training in the Industrial Centre gave me hands-on skills in fibre composite fabrication, sheet metal working and machining, manufacturing methods that are widely used in aeronautical engineering.

 

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

 

In addition, I attended many talk sessions and aviation firm visits organised by the Department, which offer students insights into the latest developments in the industry. I am honoured to have been awarded a scholarship under the government’s Hong Kong Aviation Scholarship Scheme for students enrolled in aviation-related programmes. The scholarship not only provided me with the financial support I needed to focus on my learning but also gave me more motivation to develop my career in the aviation industry.


LIM Cheong Sik Nathanael



Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


Programme Leaflet

No information is available at present

Transcript / Certificate

Transcript with all subject grades and the latest Cumulative GPA shown is required.


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


Date: January to August
Mode:Individual interview
Aims:

To evaluate the potential of applicants for admission to the scheme, and to examine their communication skills and interest in the field of studies.

Medium:English
Duration:

About 10 - 15 minutes

Remark:

Suitable applicants may be invited for interviews.