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What is the Course about?

Aircraft systems engineering is the field of study relating to the maintenance, safety, and airworthiness of aircraft. Aircraft system engineers support the development of onboard flight systems, including flight controls. Landing gear, electrical power, hydraulics, and avionics systems. The 3-year programme follows a practical hands-on approach to produce graduates who have the theoretical and practical know how to work within the evolving aerospace and maintenance repair (MRO) industries.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems programme is structured to provide students with a real-world aviation work environment. SETU Carlow has an on-campus aerospace centre comprising a fleet of different fixed and rotary wing aircraft, a modern avionics laboratory and a wind tunnel for aerofoil design. These unique facilities ensure that students have an excellent learning environment to develop their theoretical and practical training during the three-years of the programme at SETU Carlow.

Is this course for you?

If you are interested in aircraft and the technology that supports their flight. Then this may be the programme for you.

Special Features:

  • Access to evolving fleet of aircraft at the SETU Carlow Campus Centre for Aerospace Engineering
  • Exit Award - Higher Certificate in Aircraft Systems (NFQ Level 6) after year 2

Year 1

Module Name Semester
Aircraft Anatomy and Design 1 (M) Semester1
Aviation Science 1 (M) Semester1
Avionics Fundamentals 1 (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 1 (M) Semester1
Management and Communications (M) Semester1
Aircraft Anatomy and Design 2 (M) Semester2
Aviation Engineering Practice (M) Semester2
Aviation Science 2 (M) Semester2
Avionics Fundamentals 2 (M) Semester2
Engineering Mathematics 2 (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 2

Module Name Semester
Avionics 1 (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 3 (M) Semester1
Human Factors in Aviation (M) Semester1
Project 1 (Avionic) (M) Semester1
Propulsion Systems 1 (M) Semester1
Aviation Construction Materials and Hardware (M) Semester2
Aviation Maintenance Practices (M) Semester2
Engineering Mathematics 4 (M) Semester2
Mechanics of Materials 1 (M) Semester2
Project 2 (Mechanical) (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

Year 3

Module Name Semester
Aviation Legislation (M) Semester1
Avionics 2 (M) Semester1
Electrical Power Systems (M) Semester1
Engineering Mathematics 5 (M) Semester1
Propulsion Systems 2 (M) Semester1
Development Project (Engineering) (M) Semester2
Aircraft Structures (M) Semester2
Aircraft Systems (M) Semester2
Industrial Studies (M) Semester2

M is a mandatory subject - E is an elective subject

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate:

2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required:

  • English or Irish at O6/H7
  • Mathematics at O6/H7

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates can progress to Year 4 of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering (CW568), Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Electronic Systems or Year 3 of the BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering course at SETU Carlow, subject to availability of places and specialism chosen in Year 3 of the BEng in Aircraft Systems.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Aircraft system engineers develop careers within the airline, aerospace, and aircraft maintenance industries. The role of an aircraft systems engineer can involve maintenance scheduling, logistics, aircraft leasing, and field support.


Course Leader

Mr Gerard Gibbs


Call: +353599175459

Email: [email protected]