Aeronautical Engineering - Fundamentals - AEF

Technology School
5 weeks.

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About this course

This course has successfully run for many years on behalf of REME (SEAE Arborfield), as a pre-alignment or preparatory course to their in-house full Officers Long Aeronautical Engineering (OLAE) course. The main purpose of the pre-alignment course was to give non Aeronautical Engineering graduates a condensed version of some of the more relevant disciplines to put them on a more even footing with their colleagues. The subject content is broadly in line with that taught at equivalent UK MEng Aeronautical Engineering Degree level, and with a firm emphasis on Rotary-Wing Aircraft applications throughout. It is a fully-accredited M-Level module (25 credits).

What you will learn

The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of several key aeronautical (mechanical-based) engineering subjects, primarily aligned towards rotary-wing aircraft applications.

How will this course help my career?

A key development course to support the needs of the business.

Before you attend

Normally a 1st or 2nd class honours degree in engineering, science or mathematics or the professional equivalent. Students whose native language is not English must attain a minimum IELTS score of 7.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
Those seeking to broaden their knowledge of general aeronautical engineering and especially for those looking for more specialist information on rotary-wing aircraft technology and applications.

How will I learn?


Course elements

  • Fixed-wing aircraft aerodynamics and flight mechanics; 
  • Rotary-wing aircraft aerodynamics and flight mechanics propulsion; 
  • Aircraft structures and materials; 
  • Aeroelasticity and vibrations.

How will you be assessed?

Two 2 hour open-book written examinations (worth 70% of the overall mark). A group exercise based upon a helicopter airframe and engine design exercise (worth 30% of the overall mark).