Aerospace engineering and aviation

RMIT is a national leader in aerospace engineering and aviation, with long-standing industry connections and extensive expertise in education and research

RMIT has a long and proud history in aerospace engineering and aviation, with close to 80 years of experience.  

Aerospace and aviation are growing fields as the world becomes ever more interconnected and the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) grows.  

RMIT is proud to teach the latest knowledge and technology in areas such as aerodynamics, aerospace materials and structures, aerospace systems, design, dynamics and control, thermodynamics, propulsion, and airline and aviation management and operations.

At RMIT, our students come first. They can expand their skills in and beyond the classroom by joining one of the many aerospace technologies student groups and associations.  

Through internships, real world projects and industry events, RMIT students interact with the major players in the aerospace and aviation industries like the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group, Boeing, Department of Defence, and Thales Group.

Our friendly staff are at the forefront of the sector and bring extensive industry and academic experience into the classroom.

- Professor Pier Marzocca, Associate Dean Aerospace Engineering and Aviation

What is aerospace engineering and aviation?

Aerospace engineering and aviation are growing fields focusing on the analysis, design and operation of sophisticated aerospace hardware and software, and the coordination, improvement and management of aviation and airlines.

In aerospace engineering at RMIT, we teach our students to design aircraft, develop propulsion systems, research new materials, test new engines, develop spacecraft, or plan maintenance programs.

RMIT aviation graduates plan and manage ground handling and safety, and are equipped for careers in airline, airport and ancillary organisation management. 

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, RMIT is ranked in the top 150 for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering in the world. 

Our courses

Our diverse range of courses allow you to specialise in areas such as aerospace engineering, aviation management and pilot training.


We develop enabling technologies for next generation air transportation systems at both aircraft and airframe level and system level.

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Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation

This intensive graduate certificate is designed for professionals working in a transport safety-related role to gain new skills in planning, managing and participating in the accident investigation processes of air, rail and marine vehicles and their systems.

Beyond the classroom

Meet our people


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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer