University of Witwatersrand Aeronautical Engineering School

University of Witwatersrand Aeronautical Engineering School

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).

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What is 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.

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).

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What will you study?

At Wits, 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. Thereafter, 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.

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