IT Carlow is at the forefront of aerospace engineering, following the opening of its €5.5m Centre for Aerospace Engineering.
The Centre was officially opened last week by Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohue,TD at IT Carlow, the first third-level institution to open such a facility.
The aim of the centre is to provide undergraduates in pilot studies, aerospace and aircraft systems engineering with a simulated live aircraft maintenance environment in which get to grips with the latest in aerospace technology.
IT Carlow offers degree courses in Aero Engineering and Pilot Studies. Its Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems is the only course of its kind in the country.
|2nd Year B. Eng. in Aircraft Systems student Bridget Corry with Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Paschal Donohue at the opening of the Centre for Aerospace Engineering at IT Carlow
IT Carlow is approved by the Irish Aviation Authority as a Part 147 Training Organisation where students may undertake the necessary theoretical and practical training toward obtaining their Aircraft Maintenance License (AML).
|“Aviation is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world and the Centre for Aerospace Engineering was developed to ensure that our graduates are desirable to the leading airlines and specialist aircraft maintenance employers, both in Ireland and internationally".
Graduates from the Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems programme have achieved type rating to work on aircraft such as the Boeing 757. 90% of graduates are employed within the sector or go on to further study.
According to IT Carlow, graduates of the centre will be able to enjoy careers not just with airlines including Aer Lingus and British Airways, as well as the UK Ministry of Defence, but also with potential astronauts with the European Space Agency.
The Centre for Aerospace Engineering houses its own avionics workshop with a fleet of aircraft inside its own hangar and will be integrated with IT Carlow’s existing degree courses in aero engineering and pilot studies, as well as its bachelor of engineering in aircraft systems, with the latter graduates having achieved type rating to work on aircraft such as the Boeing 757.
“Aviation is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world and the Centre for Aerospace Engineering was developed to ensure that our graduates are desirable to the leading airlines and specialist aircraft maintenance employers, both in Ireland and internationally.
“Alongside traditional studies in aerodynamics, aircraft design, mathematics, physics and technical communications, our students work on real aircraft inside the hangar. They’re even building their own Vans RV12 aircraft from scratch, which we hope will be airborne next year”, said Dr Donnacha Lowney, Head of the Department of Aerospace, Mechanical and Electronic Engineering at IT Carlow.
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