Master of Engineering (Airworthiness)
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
LocationMelbourne City, Bundoora
This program is designed for engineers seeking specialist knowledge and skills in the field of airworthiness engineering and management.
The field of airworthiness encompasses all engineering disciplines required to develop, design, manufacture, certify, operate and maintain aircraft, both civil and military.
This program will provide you with specialised knowledge and expertise in the areas of initial and continuing airworthiness engineering and management.
The objectives of this program are to educate you as an airworthiness engineering professional who is able to:
- analyse complex engineering assets in the initial and continuing airworthiness engineering environment, and develop engineering, scientific and technological solutions to ensure problem-free operations
- find innovative solutions from an array of possibilities through systematic problem-solving and engineering/technological systems design methodologies operating in the aircraft design, engineering, certification and maintenance industry
- analyse and implement novel solutions for the design, engineering, certification and maintenance of aircraft and aeronautical systems for challenging problems and opportunities
- communicate with a wide range of key airworthiness engineering and engineering management stakeholders in a professional and effective manner
- build, lead and work in teams with trust and respect
- achieve results in an industry characterised by global competition and driven by rapidly changing market forces.
Lectures, tutorial and laboratory sessions are run during the afternoon and evening to fit in with the work commitments of part-time students.
Several learning and teaching approaches are used within this program to develop your capabilities and to assist you in developing skills as an independent and lifelong learner.
These approaches may include classroom teaching and/or online sessions, laboratory sessions, problem-based learning, assignments and projects.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice. You'll undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional practice. You will complete these activities in real-work contexts or situations - any or all of these aspects of a work-integrated learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.
The School of Engineering has research and educational partnerships with the following airworthiness industry bodies/organisations:
- civil and military aviation regulators: Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), The Directorate General Technical Airworthiness of the Australian Defence Force (DGTA-ADF)
- aircraft design organisations: BAE Systems Australia, Thales Australia, Boeing Australia, Mahindra Aerospace
- aircraft maintenance organisations: Qantas Engineering, Boeing Defence Australia
- aircraft operators: Qantas, Tigerair
- research and development organisations: Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) of the Australian Department of Defence, Advanced Composite Structures Australia.
RMIT encourages you to aspire to a global career, not just a local one.
Through partner organisations in Europe, Asia and the United States, the RMIT International Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) offers workplace training and academic research placements of between six and 12 months.
There are also other opportunities for global study and work.
The Master of Engineering (Airworthiness) consists of 96 credit points.
The program includes the Master's Minor Research Project which constitutes a capstone experience. This is relevant to the different airworthiness engineering and management aspects taught during the program. It also provides realistic work situations either in an industry project environment or in a simulated industry setting with operational constraints. In either case, you'll be jointly supervised by an academic and/or a qualified industry professional investigating and researching problems in airworthiness engineering within the civil/defence domain.
As part of your studies you will complete the following core courses:
- Airworthiness Management Frameworks
This course introduces you to the different aspects of initial and continuing airworthiness management frameworks, both in the operational and technical field. You will examine different legislation, guidelines and technical manuals relating to airworthiness as commonly used in both civil organisations (ICAO, EASA, FAA, CASA, etc.) and defence (US Defence Forces, UK MAA, EDA MAWA Forum, ADF AA, etc). You will learn how to apply technical airworthiness management frameworks and how to implement airworthiness assurance functions.
- Engineering Risk Management in Aviation
You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the risk management process and its application to the aviation environment. You will learn to apply the risk management process and assessment tools to examples and case studies set in an aviation context.
- Aviation Safety Systems
This course provides you with an understanding of safety management systems (SMS), addressing the fundamental components stipulated in the ICAO framework. You will gain an insight into key areas that are relevant for the implementation of a safety program in the context of small and large organisations.
- Aircraft Certification
This course covers the different aspects involved in aircraft and aeronautical program certification. You will examine the different regulatory requirements in civil and military aviation with particular focus on certification regulatory requirements.
- Aircraft Maintenance
You will cover key areas of study including aircraft maintenance concepts, aircraft maintenance in practice, continuing airworthiness regulations, maintenance programs and planning and ageing aircraft.
- Master's Minor Research Project
The course involves a major experimental, computational and/or analytical research project. You will work on your project individually or in small groups. The course requires you to demonstrate in-depth technical and research skills. The project can be completed in conjunction with industry or in a simulated engineering work environment.
You will also be required to complete one of the following:
- Human Factors in Aviation Safety
- Aircraft Structural Integrity.
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Program code: MC238
Airworthiness is a key area in aviation as it entails a set of procedures and regulations with an aim to ensure aircraft can be safely operated throughout their lives without significant hazard to aircrew, passengers or third parties. Given the stringent operational scenarios of both civil and military aircraft on a global scale, the need for aviation professionals with specialised knowledge in airworthiness is of paramount importance. The Master of Engineering (Airworthiness) is a unique program that has been designed with an aim to meet the industry needs in this area.
Graduate career paths include:
- airworthiness engineering in design, engineering and manufacturing organisations
- airworthiness policy and regulations formulation and administration in aviation regulating authorities
- aircraft and aeronautical product design and certification in design and engineering organisations
- aircraft maintenance management in airlines, continuing airworthiness management organisations and maintenance organisations.
- To be eligible for entry, you must have successfully completed one of the following combinations of qualification and relevant work experience. For all qualifications, a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 out of 4.0, or a minimum of 60% average, is required.
- Bachelor Honours (Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 8) in aerospace engineering or aviation.
- Bachelor (AQF level 7) in aerospace engineering or aviation and two years of relevant work experience.
- Bachelor Honours (AQF level 8) in a non-cognate area and five years of relevant work experience including one year at manager level.
- Bachelor (AQF level 7) in a non-cognate area and seven years of relevant work experience including one year at manager level.
- A minimum of ten years of relevant work experience.
- Note: Aerospace engineering and equivalent areas (aeronautical engineering, avionics engineering, etc.) and aviation and equivalent areas (aviation management, air transport management, etc.) are considered to be cognate areas.
- Qualifications are provided with the corresponding AQF level, and international qualifications are assessed according to this framework. Equivalent qualifications to those stated will also be considered, e.g. if you have been certified by Engineers Australia as a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), this is considered equivalent to a Bachelor Honours (AQF level 8) in Engineering. Similarly, if you have been certified by Engineers Australia as a Chartered Engineering Technologist (CEngT), this is considered equivalent to a Bachelor (AQF level 7) in Engineering.
- Relevant work experience is considered to be in aviation or a related industry. In some cases it is required that work experience is at manager level. Applicants applying on the basis of any work experience must provide a letter from their employer(s) (or equivalent) verifying their roles and the duration of these. Years of work experience are considered in terms of full-time equivalence.
An Australian four year Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) specialising in Aerospace, Aeronautical or Avionics Engineering or Aviation with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) or a minimum of 60% average.
An Australian four year Bachelor of Engineering degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) specialising in Aerospace, Aeronautical or Avionics Engineering or Aviation with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) or a minimum of 60% average and at least two years of relevant work experience (to be considered on a case-by-case basis).
An Australian four year Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree from other engineering discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) or a minimum of 60% average and a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience including 1 year at manager level (to be considered on a case-by-case basis).
An Australian four year Bachelor of Engineering degree from other engineering discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0) or a minimum of 60% average and a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience including 1 year at manager level (to be considered on a case-by-case basis).
A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience (to be considered on a case-by-case basis).
Relevant work experience is considered to be in aviation or a related industry. In some cases it is required that work experience is at manager level. Applicants applying in the basis of any work experience must provide a letter from their employer(s) (or equivalent) verifying their roles and the duration of these. Years of work experience are considered in terms of full-time equivalence.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).
Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
2019 indicative fees
Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*
Full-fee places: AU$31,680*
* Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
In 2019, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.