Aerospace Systems Engineering program
Of particular interest for the aviation activities in and around Williamtown, is the Aerospace Systems Engineering program of the University of Newcastle.
Aerospace Systems Engineering involves a systems approach to the design, efficient operation and modification of high-tech devices for the aeronautical and defence industries. A key challenge for the development of aerospace systems is the need to be as light-weight as possible, yet highly reliable. Aerospace systems engineers need to understand and control the response of aerospace systems to complex interactions between sensors, controllers, actuators and other subsystems to ensure trouble-free, safe and efficient operations. Aerospace systems engineering principles deal with the complementary design of aircraft, their subsystems and other support systems to ensure they work in unison, without conflict and to ensure the high levels of reliability required in aerospace operations.
Core courses are:
- AERO2000: Aircraft performance and operations
- AERO3000: Flight dynamics
- AERO3400: Aerospace propulsion systems
- AERO3600: Embedded control systems
- AERO4100: Aircraft systems and avionics
- AERO4300: Aircraft structural design
- AERO4500: Aerospace system design
- AERO4600: Automatic flight control systems
Besides the academic program, the Aerospace Systems Engineering group organizes activities that promote collaboration with the industry, like the airport living lab at Newcastle Airport, and promotes career-readiness of our students like the build of an Zenith STOL 750 aircraft, together with staff and students of the TAFE NSW Hunter Aerospace Program.