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Aeronautical Engineering at Wits credit Shivan Parusnath
Aeronautical Engineering The aeronautical engineer is involved in the design, development and modification of the components and systems of all types of flight vehicles - including fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, sail planes, airships and missiles.
Aeronautical Engineering The aeronautical engineer is involved in the design, development and modification of the components and systems of all types of flight vehicles - including fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, sail planes, airships and missiles.

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Aeronautical Engineering (BScEng Aeronautical) is a four-year professional degree. You will share the first two years of study with the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students to provide you with a firm foundation in the engineering sciences. From the third year, emphasis is placed on aeronautical design and on the study of aircraft behaviour. The practical aspects of your training are important and you will be required to complete project work during your vacations. Much of this project work is carried out in co-operation with the aircraft industry.

Why Wits?

Wits offers the only accredited undergraduate Aeronautical Engineering degree on the African continent. While there are other accredited degrees that describe themselves as Aeronautical, ours is the only degree which teaches aircraft design (the others only teach aerodynamics, or structures, or some other component of our full offering). Ours may also be the only undergraduate aircraft design degree in the Southern Hemisphere. Graduates of this degree programme have gone on to work at Rolls Royce Aero Engines (Justin Mills), Airbus Industrie (Byron Mansfield; Arne Schwarck), and NASA (Prinal Naidoo). Graduates have also started their own companies designing drones with innovative design (Matthew Whalley).

Design, develop and manufacture aerospace vehicles and their component systems

  • Research, design and development
  • Management and production side of the aeronautical industry
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Aircraft Design Engineer
  • Automotive Aerodynamics Engineer
  • Aircraft Systems Design Engineer
  • Propulsion Engineer
  • Airline Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Production Manager
First year
  • Engineering Chemistry
  • Introduction to the Engineering
  • Profession
  • Engineering Analysis and Design IA and IB
  • Engineering Mathematics IA and IB
  • Engineering Physics IA and IB
  • Applied Mechanics for Engineering
  • Elective from Faculty of Humanities
Second year
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics I
  • Mechanical Engineering Laboratory I
  • Engineering Thermodynamics
  • Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
  • Applied Mechanics A
  • Computer Skills and Software Development
  • Applied Mechanics B
  • Mechanical Engineering I
Third year
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Incompressible Flows
  • Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory
  • Aircraft Design
  • Introduction to Aeronautics
  • Mechatronics I
  • Business Management
  • Numerical Methods and Statistics
  • Mechanical Vibrations
  • Engineering in its Social Context
  • Vacation Work I
Fourth year
  • Design Project
  • Research Project
  • Systems Management and Integration
  • Gas Dynamics and Propulsion
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight Dynamics
  • Aircraft Structures II
  • Mechatronics II
  • Engineering Professional Activity
  • Vacation Work II

APS 42+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5

Mathematics
Level 5

Physical Sciences
Level 5

Wait-listing
  • Students with English, Mathematics and Physics at Level 5 will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.
  • Generally, applicants who achieve 70% in English, Maths and Physical Science stand a greater chance of being accepted.
  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
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  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

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