Aircraft Engineering

The field of aviation has arisen, grown and developed, first and foremost, due to the development of aviation engineering – due to technical solutions that enable to move around without any contact with the ground. Creating such technical solutions – designing, engineering, manufacturing and maintenance of aircraft therefore provides a format and content to everything taking place in aviation.

The work of an aviation engineer comprises creation of high-tech solutions or maintenance procedures in the field of mechanics, mechatronics as well as electronics. The skills and experience enable the respective specialist to work in other fields which require application of high-tech solutions to solve technical problems: automotive industry, rail transport etc.

After the completion of the studies in Aircraft Engineering it is possible to work as an aviation engineer or as a maintenance technician at an enterprise manufacturing or carrying out maintenance procedures on aircraft.

In addition to the work as an engineer at an enterprise designing and manufacturing manned or unmanned aerial vehicles, it is possible to apply the acquired knowledge of engineering in an aircraft maintenance enterprise:
  • doing aerodynamic analysis and strength calculations of the aircraft or for the structure repairs;
  • making technical drawings;
  • planning the overhaul and repair operations;
  • carrying out daily maintenance procedures (inspection and repair of aircraft structures, analysis of system malfunctions and deviations).

Working in this speciality requires the specialist to be well versed in on-board systems, have the courage to make decisions, have the planning ability, be meticulous in following the instruction manuals as well as possess good manual skills in handling special purpose appliances and tools. In order to take necessary corrective actions an aviation engineer needs vast specialist experience. They have to display responsible attitude to the quality of the maintenance procedures performed.

Taking account of the specifics of aircraft maintenance the curriculum enables the following specialisation:

  • aeroplane technician;
    Aeroplane technicians deal with the maintenance and repair of aircraft structures, overhaul of power plants and mechanical units, and with simpler electrical systems.
  • helicopter technician;
    Helicopter technicians deal with the maintenance and repair of helicopter structures, overhaul of power plants and other mechanical units, and with simpler electrical systems.
  • avionic.
    Avionics technicians deal with the maintenance and repair of large-scale electrical systems. Avionics technicians are required to have perfect knowledge of electrical circuits, skills in handling gauges, and knowledge of electronic systems and skills in their repair.

During the course of studies the students of the speciality of Aircraft Engineering acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that would enable them to understand the construction, operating principles and troubleshooting methods of aircraft systems, engines, airframes, and piloting and navigation devices.

The students also gain the knowledge of aerodynamics, of the design, structure and construction of aircraft, of different types of engines and their working principles, of avionics systems and their diagnostics, and a lot more.

As aviation safety crucially depends on the scrupulous maintenance of an aircraft, a lot of attention is paid to the knowledge of safety systems, human factors and various legal acts to be followed in aviation.      

The Estonian CAA has certified the EAVA Maintenance Training Organisation as EASA Part 147 training organisation, granting the right to provide standardised Part 66 education and training for aircraft mechanics. Provision of the knowledge and skills necessary for working as an aircraft maintenance technician proceeds, in addition to national legal acts on higher education, from the international regulations EC2042/2003 Part 66 and Part 147 established by the European Commission and the European Parliament. Following the international regulations ensures the graduates internationally recognised basic training, which enables the graduates to work as an aircraft maintenance technician in all the EU member states. 

  • Estonian Aviation Academy offers professional higher education. The  four-year programme of studies are carried out only in Estonian. For admission the applicant's Estonian language skill level needs to be at least B2 by The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 
  • Foreign students can take part in the Erasmus + programme. If You want to attend the Estonian Aviation Academy study exchange programme, read more about your options here.