The University of Limerick offers the Bachelor (Hons) in Aircraft Maintenance and Operations has been developed in response to demand from the booming aircraft industry, and is jointly delivered by UL and the Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd.
It provides the opportunity for graduates to BOTH obtain a degree AND satisfy the knowledge requirements for the EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance License (AML) in Category C in just four years. The focused nature of this programme will equip students for senior positions in the aircraft industry.
It is the only University degree in Ireland aircraft maintenance and operations offered in Ireland and in partnership with an EASA Part 145 Aircraft Maintenance Organisation and an EASA Part 147 Aircraft Maintenance Training Organisation;
The programme is of four years duration divided into eight academic semesters. In Years 1 and 2, you will study fundamental subjects which are part of any University Engineering degree, such as Mathematics, Engineering Science, CAD, Materials, and Strength of Materials. Through the EASA modules, you will learn about topics like Instrumentation Systems, Materials and Hardware, and Aerodynamics.
A highlight of the programme is the On-Aircraft Practical Training module in the summer after Year 3, based at Shannon Aerospace. In the final year you will explore subjects such as Aerospace Materials, Thermodynamics, Flight Mechanics and Performance, Theoretical Aerodynamics and Aircraft Structural Analysis, and an International Management module. In all, the course covers 13 EASA modules, which are delivered by aviation industry tutors. You will also undertake a major Final Year Project which is an exceptional opportunity for you to undertake some research into an area that interests you, allowing you to put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have acquired during your time on the course.
There are countless opportunities for engineers in organisations involved in maintenance, leasing/financing, flying (airlines), and regulating aircraft. There is currently a huge worldwide shortage of engineers in the aviation industry, which is projected to continue for years to come. The industry is expanding at the rate of over 5.6% per annum and through to 2020 there will be a need for 150,000 new Aviation Engineers across the globe. This degree will give you a vast skillset, much valued by aviation employers. The aircraft operations industry opens doors to some of the most exciting careers imaginable, with extensive opportunities for travel and a different challenge every day.
More specifically graduates can expect to pursue careers in the following aviation sectors:
- Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Organisations: Engineering; Planning; Quality Assurance; Sales & Marketing
- Airlines: Engineering; Planning, Quality Assurance; Operations Engineering
- Continuing Airworthiness Management Organisations (CAMO): Quality Assurance; Planning; Technical Services
- Aircraft Leasing companies: Technical Services; Financial and Asset Management
- Aviation Safety Regulating Authorities: Airworthiness Inspection; Safety Regulation Oversight; Rulemaking
- Maintenance Training Organisations and Aviation Education Institutions: Technical Instruction and Lecturing
- Aircraft Manufacturers (with an Aeronautical Engineering Masters): Aircraft and engine design and manufacturing.
Follow On Study: Graduates who wish to follow a career in aircraft design and manufacturing, or progress to a Ph.D. can apply to undertake a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, which will enhance your knowledge and capabilities in key areas of aeronautical technology.