Aircraft Systems Engineering

Aircraft Systems Engineering

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Aircraft Systems Engineering is a three-year direct honours degree programme, developed in collaboration with SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC), which provides extensive Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services to more than 80 international airlines and aerospace equipment manufacturers worldwide. Built on an interdisciplinary curriculum that intersects engineering and science and utilising a practical hands-on approach, the focus of this programme is to produce graduates who are both theoretically-grounded and practice-oriented for the aerospace and MRO industries. The curriculum will also incorporate an intensive eight-month Integrated Work Study Programme (IWSP) at SIAEC.

In addition to the SIT-conferred degree, successful graduates from this programme will also be awarded a Certificate of Recognition (CoR) by SIAEC. This CoR certifies that the holder has successfully completed a SAR-147 Approved Basic Course during the degree programme. Graduates who decide to embark on a career as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer (LAE) in Singapore will find this particularly useful and relevant as it is one of the requirements leading to the award of an Aircraft Maintenance Licence.

Eligibility

Diploma Name

Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Aeronautical & Aerospace Technology
  • Aerospace Systems & Management
  • Advanced & Digital Manufacturing (formerly known as Digital & Precision Engineering)
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering (formerly known as Electronic Systems or Electronics, Computer & Communications Engineering)
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Nanotechnology & Materials Science
  • Robotics & Mechatronics

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Electronics
  • Aerospace Engineering (formerly known as Aerospace Technology)
  • Automation & Mechatronic Systems
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic & Computer Engineering (Aerospace Electronics option)
  • Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering

Republic Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Avionics
  • Aerospace Engineering (formerly known as Aerospace Engineering (Quality Systems))
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Aerospace Electronics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering Systems
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering (formerly known as Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering)
  • Mechatronics
  • Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Mechatronics Engineering

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Aerospace Electronics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Mechatronics

Other Engineering diplomas will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A-level graduates are also welcome to apply.

MODULE SYNOPSIS

Year 1
ASE1101 Engineering Mathematics 1

Through this module, you will build a strong mathematical foundation that will be applied in advanced engineering modules further in this course of study. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn the fundamentals of functions that include logarithmic, exponential, trigonometric and hyperbolic functions.  
  • Grasp the key principles in Limits and Continuity which include L'Hôpital's rule, followed by Single Variable Calculus.  
  • Employ differentiation and integration of functions across various engineering applications.
     
ASE1102 Physics: Motion Dynamics

You will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of mechanics through this module. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Master and apply the concepts of kinematics, Newtonian dynamics, work and energy, momentum and rotational motion. 
     
ASE1103 Mechanics of Engineering Materials

In this module, you will learn how to evaluate the forces that are applied to a component and determine its mechanical behaviour in response to these forces.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn concepts like force, stress, strain, equilibrium and mechanical properties of materials.
  • Apply various equations and relationships between forces and materials to engineer components that can withstand external forces during normal usage.
     
ASE1104 Electrical Circuits

Through this first-year module that deals with electrical and magnetic components of circuits and devices, you will build your foundation on electrical circuits that forms the electrical systems of an aircraft.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the physical quantities of resistance, voltage and current, power and energy, and the operations of resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transistors, and operational amplifiers.
  • Gain pertinent knowledge on circuit theory that will be required for subsequent modules in electronics, signals, communications and electrical machines.
     
ASE1105 Electrical Devices

Through this module, you will get acquainted with electrical devices that include the DC motor/generator, transformers, AC generators and motors and servomechanism. 

Key takeaway(s):

ASE1206 Engineering Mathematics 2

Through this module, you will master the fundamentals of multivariate calculus and gain a basic foundation in differential equations applied to engineering. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn core mathematical concepts that will be used in further engineering courses. 
ASE1207 Physics : Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics

Through this module, you will acquire fundamental knowledge of fluid dynamics, oscillations, wave motion and sound, geometric optics and thermodynamics. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Examine the basic physics concepts involved with optics, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, oscillations, waves and sound.
  • Identify physical principles relevant to a problem and apply knowledge learnt and approximations necessary to obtain the solutions.
  • Develop logical thinking, problem-solving skills, perform physics experiments and discuss their findings.
     
ASE1208 Electronic Circuits

Through this module, you will get acquainted with the fundamentals in electronics including diodes, transistors, FETs, oscillators, digital electronics, op-amps, control servos and aircraft synchro controls. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about the world of integrated circuits and printed circuit board manufacturing.
ASE1209 Digital Electronic Instrumentation Systems

Through this module, you will grasp the basic concepts in digital techniques and electronic instrument systems. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Acquire essential principles of digital logic systems to study the operation and performance of computer arithmetic circuits, logic circuits, synchronous and asynchronous sequential logic circuits. 
ASE1210 Aircraft Materials 1

Through this module, you will acquire a good foundation of materials science and engineering to understand the factors that dictate the behaviour of engineering materials. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about microstructure and structure-property relationships of the main types of engineering materials (metals, ceramics, polymers and composites). 
  • Examine the micromechanisms of elastic and plastic deformation.
  • Explore the fracture mechanisms for ductile, brittle, creep and fatigue modes of failure in service.
     
ASE1211 Fluid Mechanics

Through this module, you will grasp important fluid concepts that underlie many engineering applications.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Acquire skills in performing dimensional analysis and working with different systems of units
  • Employ fluid statics and fluid dynamics in practical engineering problems, and prepare for higher-level modules in aircraft systems engineering.
  • Appreciate what defines a fluid and the fundamental concepts that make the study of fluids possible.
     
ASE1303 Computer Programming Language

Through this module, you will grasp C programming fundamentals including arithmetic algorithms, control structures, functions, arrays, pointers, characters, input/output, file processing, and data structures. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about good programming practices, common programming errors and secure programming tips.
  • Develop your competence in writing C programs to solve engineering problems.
     
ASE1312 Engineering Mathematics 3

Through this module, you will build on the foundations laid in previous modules and explore topics like sequences and series, differential equations, integral transforms (Laplace/Fourier), and probabilities and statistics. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about sequences and series, solutions to differential equations, Laplace and Fourier transforms.
  • Apply integral transform and differential equations in solving engineering problems.
     
ASE2313 Heat Transfer

Through this module, you will develop an appreciation for the importance of thermal systems in sustainable infrastructures. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Grasp an understanding of the three main mechanisms of heat flow, namely, conduction, convection and radiation. 
  • Analyse heat transfer processes in applications typically found in engineering practise using analytical, numerical, theoretical or experimental techniques.
  • Evaluate calculations that lead to rational design, and/or an improved understanding of the performance of thermal exchange systems.
     
ASE2314 Aerodynamics

Through this module, you will gain fundamental knowledge of aerodynamics related to 2D and 3D wings.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Understand incompressible flows, starting with inviscid flows leading to viscous boundary layer flows. 
  • Learn about and apply various methods which are routinely used as part of the aircraft/aircraft wing (2D and 3D) design process.
     
ASE1316 Engineering Design Graphics

Through this module, you will acquire a good foundation on how 2-dimensional (2D) drawings and 3-dimensional (3D) computer models can be employed to communicate your engineering design idea clearly. 
 
Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn about 3D visualisation, spatial reasoning and 2D engineering sketching.
  • Understand drawing conventions and present 3D geometry on 2D media.
  • Use computer-aided design software as a major graphical analysis and design tool. 
  • Acquire knowledge in 3D printing capabilities and develop pre-processing, post-processing and material skills.
ASE2317 Aircraft Materials 2

Building on the previous module Aircraft Materials 1 (ASE1210), you will gain familiarity with the materials that are used in the current civil aviation industry.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Explore materials like machine elements, fasteners, transmission, bearings, pipes and unions as well as spring and control cables.
  • Apply failure analysis as well as non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques that include dye penetrant, eddy current, ultrasound, X-ray radiography, and thermal imaging. 
     
Year 2
ASE2201 Aircraft Structures

Through this module, you will gain familiarity with the important ‘hand methods’ for structural analysis.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Explore the structural concepts of shear flow and shear centre.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the behaviour of structural materials under various loading systems. 
     
ASE2202 Flight Mechanics

Through this module, you will be acquainted with the important concepts relating to flight motion, aerodynamics, propulsive forces and moments. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Develop your ability to discuss qualitative modes of motion and understand elementary stability and control concepts.
  • Establish a strong foundation in developing equations of motion for translating and rotating frames of reference in 3D. 
     
ASE2203 Fixed Wing Systems 1

Through this module, you will learn how to holistically integrate and apply your knowledge of system layout and tests for the various mechanical and electrical systems in the aircraft. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Grasp the fundamentals of aircraft pneumatic distribution, cabin pressure controllers, safety and warning devices.
  • Get acquainted with fuel systems, pneumatic/vacuum, air conditioning and cabin pressurisation, and fire protection in aircraft.  
     
ASE2204 Aircraft Avionic Systems

You will gain an understanding of advanced signal processes in aircraft systems and important equations related to these systems through this module.  

Key takeaway(s):

  • Grasp the fundamentals in understanding the science, purpose and principles of aerospace guidance, navigation and control (GNC). 
  • Learn about Communications, Navigation and Surveillance systems/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) and Radar Information Systems. 
ASE2205 Technical Writing and Effective Communication

Through this module, you will be trained to succinctly communicate complex scientific or technical information in an easily understood manner. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn how to plan and manage technical projects and appreciate business organisation and planning. 
ASE2315 Flight Performance

Through this module, you will gain important insights about the flight environment and aircraft flight performance.

Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn how flight environment affects flight performance.
  • Apply kinematic equations to analyse steady cruise and climb performance, turning manoeuvre, and take-off and landing performance. 
  • Learn about aircraft static and dynamic stability.
ASE3306 Capstone Project

Through this module, you will tap on your technical knowledge and project design skills acquired in this course to study and solve an aerospace industry-related engineering problem. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Carried out over 2-trimesters, embark on either a study to improve/automate a maintenance process or design a component to enhance performance and efficiency.
  • Develop soft skills like critical design thinking process, analytical skills, effective communication, project management and planning, and goal setting.
     
ASE3308 Human Factors

Through this multidisciplinary module, you will gain a better understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and psychology in relation to the work environment.

Key takeaway(s) 

  • Gain an appreciation of the factors affecting work performance including human factors/error, human performance and limitations, and social psychology, amongst others. 
  • Grow in your awareness of the physical environment and hazards in the workplace. 
     
ASE3309 Fixed Wing Systems 2

Through this module, you will get acquainted with flight controls and landing gear systems and learn how hydraulic power is employed extensively in aircraft. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Grasp the fundamentals of aircraft flight controls in terms of primary, trim and active load controls.
ASE3310 Aircraft Propulsion 1

Through this module, you will learn about the propulsive efficiency of various aircraft propulsion types. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Gain an awareness of the thermodynamics and aerodynamics of the flow in gas turbines.
  • Understand the basic procedure for gas turbine compressor and turbine design and appreciate the relative advantages of the various gas turbine configurations.  
     
Year 3
ASE3101 Aviation Legislation

Through this module, you will gain an understanding of the aviation regulatory framework, certification of products and design, production organisations, airworthiness directive and certification of maintenance staff. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Acquire an overview of the approved maintenance organisation as well as a maintenance training organisation.
  • Learn about air operator certificate requirements and extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS).
     
ASE3102 Aircraft Propulsion 2

You will develop an understanding of the major constructional features of propeller engines and the important functional relationships of major engine components through this module. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Appreciate the design and operation of different types of aircraft engines.
  • Acquire the knowledge to assess aircraft engine performance, diagnose operational conditions and monitor engine health.
  • Employ the criteria for performance improvement, selection and application of gas turbine engines in aircraft design.
     
ASE3104 Introduction to Financial Accounting

Through this module, you will learn the basic concepts and principles of accounting and be acquainted with business structures and start-up options. 
Key takeaway(s):

  • Learn how to analyse and interpret financial statements.
  • Get acquainted with developing product costing strategies.
  • Acquire competence in developing a strategic plan and appraising capital investments using capital budgeting.
     
ASE3206 Integrated Work Study Programme

Through this experiential learning module, you will hone your ability to integrate theory and practice, acquire specialist knowledge and develop professional skills. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Appreciate practical constraints within industry contexts through exposure to real-world engineering scenarios to develop skills of adaptability, creativity and innovation, whilst adding value to the workplace.
  • Immerse in the industry’s business and culture and decide if this is a good industry to work in. 
  • Relevant work hours/experience will count towards professional certifications.
ASE3306 Capstone Project

Through this module, you will tap on your technical knowledge and project design skills acquired in this course to study and solve an aerospace industry-related engineering problem. 

Key takeaway(s):

  • Carried out over 2-trimesters, embark on either a study to improve/automate a maintenance process or design a component to enhance performance and efficiency.
  • Develop soft skills like critical design thinking process, analytical skills, effective communication, project management and planning, and goal setting.
     
ASE3307 Aircraft Electrical and Cabin Systems

Through this module, you will establish a good framework on DC and AC machinery used extensively in aircrafts. 


Key takeaway(s):

  • Grasp the fundamentals of emergency equipment requirements, lighting (navigation, anti-collision, landing etc.) and aerospace applications of power electronics, including drives and actuators.
Campus Location
SIT@Dover
SIT@Dover

10 Dover Drive
Singapore 138683