Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringPROGRAMS
Minor Program in Aeronautical Engineering

Substantial presence of aircraft-related industries and economic activities in Hong Kong has been demonstrated by employment data of our graduates in Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, HAECO, HASEL, Airport Authority, and the formation of Aircraft Division at the HKIE in 2011. To cater for the strong demand and interest from the local community, the Minor Program in Aeronautical Engineering has been launched by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2012. The Minor Program enables the students to understand introductory and general knowledge of aeronautical engineering principle and aircraft structures, through topics including low speed aerodynamics, wing theory, aircraft structure, aircraft power plant, jet propulsion, aircraft stability and control, flight dynamics. These topics are essential to graduate engineers who are intended to work in aircraft system and component manufacturing/maintenance environments. The students should be able to describe and appreciate the key aeronautical engineering features of the context in which the relevant industry operates.

The Minor program and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as a whole has already established an excellent platform for academic exchange and collaborations with major universities and institutions in the United States, Asia and the Mainland China, many of which have strong Aeronautical and Aerospace engineering programs.

Career Opportunities for Graduates with Minor in Aeronautical Engineering

Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO):
    HAECO is the largest aircraft maintenance company in Hong Kong. It started its operation in 1950 and has extensive operation in China and other South Asian countries. It currently employs over ten HKUST graduates as aircraft maintenance engineers.
  • Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Ltd (HAESL):
    HAESL is jointly owned by Rolls-Royce, HAECO and SIA Eng. Co. It opened its operation in Tseung Kwan O in 1997 to provide repair and overhaul services of Trent and RB211 Rolls-Royce engines for HAECO. Its world-class, state-of-the-art engine overhaul facility can handle 230 large turbo fan engines annually. The company is currently employing about 14 HKUST graduates with some at managerial level.
  • Airlines - Cathay Pacific and Dragon Air:
    Both companies are owned by the Swire group. They are currently employing HKUST graduates as management trainees, engineering trainees, and pilots.
  • Airport Authority:
    The Airport Authority operates the Hong Kong International Airport. It currently employs HKUST graduates as engineers.
  • Civil Aviation Department:
    The Civil Aviation Department is currently expanding and the senior personnel are retiring. They are looking for new recruits to fill the gap at the moment. The Department is active in support of the HKIE Aircraft Engineering Development Scheme.
  • China Aircraft Services Limited (CASL):
    CASL currently employs more than 1000 engineers and technical/administrative staff with different backgrounds and a wide range of capabilities and experience. They welcome HKUST engineering graduates to apply for a number of engineering/technical posts.

Industries in PRD and the Mainland China
There are huge potential employment opportunities in the PRD Region and the Mainland China in general. Opening of low-altitude airspace of northeast, central and south China and six pilot cities has led to substantial expansion of aircraft-related industries in the PRD Region. The aviation industry in Pearl River Delta region focuses on aircraft final assembly, components processing and manufacturing, aviation maintenance and repair & overhaul, aviation service and logistics. The following companies, to name a few, are among the major players in the relevant industries in PRD regions.

Program Curriculum (PDF)
The program aims to fulfill two major objectives:
  1. To equip students with fundamental knowledge in Aeronautical Engineering principle and aircraft structures;
  2. To prepare students to pursue a successful and rewarding career in aerospace and aviation industries in a broad perspective.
The program requires a minimum of 18 credits to be taken from the following courses

Required Courses: Students should take three out of the following four courses

Course   Credit(s)
MECH3640 Aerodynamics 3
MECH3650 Aircraft Structure 3
MECH3660 Gas Turbines and Jet Propulsion 3
MECH3670 Aircraft Performance and Stability 3

Elective Courses: Student should take 9 credits from the specified elective list, of which students may only use at most 1 course from Group B to count towards this requirement.

Group A
Course   Credit(s)
MECH4100 Experiential Projects in Aerospace Engineering 3
MECH4350 Indoor Air Quality in Buildings 3
MECH4430 Materials Characterization 3
MECH4710 Introduction to Robotics 3
MECH4720 Introduction to Precision Engineering 3
MECH4740 Numerical Methods in Engineering 3
MECH4750 Mechanical Vibration 3
CIVL4370 Computer Methods of Structural Analysis 3
COMP3111 Introduction to Software Engineering 4
COMP3511 Operating Systems 3
ELEC3200 System Modeling, Analysis and Control 4
ELEC4010D Survey of Modern Aircraft Avionics Systems 3
IELM2200 Engineering Management 3
IELM2410 Logistics and Freight Transportation Operations 3

Group B
Course   Credit(s)
MECH1907 Introduction to Aerospace Engineering 3
CENG2210 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 3
CENG2220 Process Fluid Mechanics 3
CIVL2120 Mechanics of Materials 3
CIVL2510 Fluid Mechanics 3

For credit transfer, students can transfer a maximum total of 6 credits to the Minor Program. Courses accepted for transfer credits must normally be at a level equivalent to HKUST courses of 1000-level or above.

Out of the total credits required by the minor program, at least 9 credits should be single-counted within the minor and are not used to fulfill any other requirements for graduation except the 120-credit degree requirement.

To graduate with a minor in Aeronautical Engineering, students must have enrolled in the Minor Program and complete all of its requirements, as well as the requirements of the major program of study; and have attained an average grade point of at least 2.15 in courses taken within the minor program.

Admission requirement
The Minor Program in Aeronautical Engineering is designed mainly for engineering students, but open to students with a science major, with a minimum CGA of 2.5 or above and sufficient background in mathematics (e.g. MATH 1013, MATH 1014 and MATH 2011), physics (e.g. PHYS 1112 or PHYS 1152) and/or fundamental mechanics (e.g. MECH 1907). Except for students with major in Aerospace Engineering, eligible students must declare their intention to enroll in the Minor Program no earlier than the first regular term of their second year of study but no later than the last day of the add/drop period in the first regular term of their final year of study. Students who wish to withdraw from the Minor Program should apply before the last day of the add/drop period in the last regular term of their study.

Aeronautical Engineering Management Committee/ Aeronautical Engineering Task Force
Prof Jang-Kyo KIM
Prof Wenjing YE
Prof Huihe QIU
Prof Moses NG

Application form is obtainable from the Admissions, Registration and Records Office (ARRO) website. Students should complete the application form, pass it to the major department for approval, and submit the approved form to the MAE General Office for endorsement. Students will be notified of the application results in writing by ARRO.

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