In terms of apprenticeships, there is an incredible choice of employers right here on our doorstep including Thales, GKN Aerospace and Rolls-Royce as well as Airbus who are currently advertising an Engineering Undergraduate Apprenticeship which offers a BEng in Aerospace Engineering alongside a professional IEng level qualification. Along with your studies, you could expect to undertake a number of work placements at Airbus across Systems, Landing Gear & Structures Engineering Organisations. And potential placements might include Architecture; Design; Simulation; Aircraft Integration; Safety Analysis; Certification; In-service Support; Stress; Systems Installation and so you can expect to gain a broad experience across a variety of exciting programmes, working with world leading experts in Aerospace.
If you are considering a Foundation Degree instead, perhaps as part of a Higher Apprenticeship, why not take a look at City of Bristol College who offer a two-year Aerospace Engineering Manufacturing FdSc. On the course, you’ll develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life or to progress to study for higher degrees in appropriate Aerospace engineering subjects. And City of Bristol College also offer the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part 147 Aircraft Maintenance Training for those interested in a career in the Civil Aviation Industry.
And what about the two-year Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering Manufacturing at UCWs brand new workshops and laboratories at their South-West Skills Campus in Weston-Super-Mare developing engineering and mathematical knowledge of aircraft structures and Aerospace design.
Or there’s a two-year HND in Aeronautical Engineering (Avionic Pathway) available at YCUC, Yeovil College University Centre. It’s suitable for people who currently, or are hoping to, work in technical and management roles in Aeronautical Engineering and you can study a range of subjects including Analytical Methods, Electrical and Electronic Principles, Engineering Science, Planning and Scheduling.
If you’d prefer a three-year Bachelor’s Degree, there’s a BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering at UWE, Bristol or at the University of Bristol. And the University of Bath offer a three-year BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science Technology.
Perhaps you’re looking for a four-year degree? University of Bath, University of Bristol and UWE, Bristol all offer a four-year MEng Aerospace Engineering. At University of Bristol this covers a broad range of subjects organised into three streams: Aerodynamics, Dynamics & Control and Structures and Materials: it also includes an Aerospace Vehicle Group Design Project. And the University of Bristol offers variations on this course such as a four-year degree which includes the opportunity to study overseas.
Then there are sandwich degrees with a work placement year. Those locally which are over five years include the MEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering at University of Bath and UWE, Bristol. At UWE, students specialise in either Aerospace Design, Aerospace Systems or Aerospace Manufacturing alongside the fundamentals of Aerospace engineering and have the opportunity to learn to fly. There is also a chance to get valuable experience and professional skills with work placements including design, systems and manufacturing.
Once you have completed your apprenticeship or academic course, there are then a vast number of employers right here on our doorstep as well. According to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the Aerospace industry accounts for 9,200 jobs just in the areas of BANES, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset and it generates, through sales alone, £5.5billion every year from around 1,500 local businesses.
Fourteen of the top Aerospace companies all have facilities in the West of England, including; GKN Aerospace, Airbus, Boeing, Rolls Royce, Thales and Claverham. And the focus of the industry is the design and manufacture of civil and military aircraft components, assemblies and engines.
These well-known large businesses, are also supported by a significant supply chain of local employers right across the region such as; SITEC Group, Sterling Dynamics, AACE, Horstman, Rotork, Polamco, AVPE and Oxford Instruments, who provide research, design and manufacturing capabilities.
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