Shannon Aerospace and UL launch Aviation Undergraduate Programme

Shannon Aerospace and UL launch Aviation Undergraduate Programme

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Dr Mary Shire, VP Reserach at UL; Niamh O'Connor, Shannon Aerospace and FSE Dean Professor Edmond Magner with 3 students of the inaugural degree Conor, Kiran and Ben.
Dr Mary Shire, VP Reserach at UL; Niamh O’Connor, Shannon Aerospace and FSE Dean Professor Edmond Magner with 3 students of the inaugural degree Conor, Kiran and Ben.

The University of Limerick (UL) has launched its innovative Bachelor of Technology in Aircraft Maintenance and Operations course developed in partnership with Lufthansa Technik AG subsidiary, Shannon Aerospace.

The Bachelor of Technology, which is the only University degree in aircraft maintenance and operations in Ireland, is a four-year honours  programme offering a unique blend of academic and on-aircraft, industry-focused content, designed to equip students for senior positions in the aircraft industry. Student intake commenced this September 2014.

The programme has a strong international focus, and is actively seeking to attract students from key regions including the Middle East, South East Asia, India, China, Brazil and the USA. Graduates will gain an unrivalled exposure to the aircraft industry, satisfy the basic knowledge requirements for the EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance License (AML) in category C, and gain an honours degree from one of the most respected Aeronautical Engineering departments in Europe.

According to Dr Mary Shire, Vice President Research at UL, “Our highly successful Aeronautical Engineering degree has been running for over 20 years, and our graduates include the Boeing Engineer of the Year in 2011. We are really excited to branch into the Maintenance and Operations sector, which we believe has huge growth potential. By teaming up with Shannon Aerospace (Lufthansa Technik AG), an EASA-certified Maintenance training organisation for over 20 years, with a large base maintenance facility just 30 minutes from the University, we can offer on-aircraft experience in a “live” maintenance environment, and EASA qualifications in addition to the degree. Unlike other degrees offering the EASA modules, we’ve also included high-level engineering modules so students can go on and undertake a Master’s Degree Programme in Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering if they wish. This allows maximum flexibility upon graduation.”

Head of Aviation Services in Shannon Aerospace, Mr. Tom Caffrey, believes there will be great demand for graduates of the new Aircraft Maintenance and Operations degree. “The aviation industry is expanding worldwide and I think graduates of the programme will be very attractive to employers in our own industry, the aircraft maintenance business, as well as the aircraft operations and leasing businesses. We are excited to work with the UL Aeronautical Engineering department on this new and innovative degree programme and believe it will be a very successful partnership”.

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UL, Professor Edmond Magner added, “we are very pleased to launch the new Bachelor of Technology in Aircraft Maintenance and Operations programme and we welcome students to study at the University of Limerick. That this programme has already attracted international students in its first year intake underlines its attractiveness.”

For full details on the Bachelor of Technology in Aircraft Maintenance and Operations programme, the University of Limerick and how to apply see  www3.ul.ie/courses/

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