BEng (Hons) in Air Transport Engineering

Mode of Study Full-time
Normal Duration 2 years
Credits Required for Graduation Normally 66 (plus 4 training credits)
Fund Type Government-funded
Programme Intake 40
Programme Leader Dr. Frank Zou
BEng, PhD, AMRAeS, MInstP
Deputy Programme Leader Dr. Yiping Jiang
BEng (Beihang), MEng (Beihang), PhD(UNSW) 
Programme Aims

This programme aims at nurturing graduates with:

1. In-depth understanding of the operation of air transport engineering including aircraft maintenance and airport operation businesses;
2. Competence to handle different engineering problems practically and academically in the aviation industry;
3. Sufficient knowledge and skills to manage different projects related to the aviation sector effectively and efficiently;
4. Confidence in communication with different parties and stakeholders by the use of state-of-the-art technologies and aviation language (both English and Chinese).
Programme Characteristics
  • A specialized programme providing fundamental aeronautical knowledge for students to prepare for licensed or design aircraft engineer certification and aviation operation management.
  • Some of the subjects are co-taught by PolyU academics and industry professionals to give students first-hand information on the aviation industry.
  • Summer Internships, technical visits and on-site experience sharing may be arranged to enhance students' learning and work experience in the industry.

In this programme, students receive fundamental knowledge of aircraft operations and principles in their first year study prior to participation in the summer internship programme, which may be offered by industrial partners. In the second year, knowledge on airport project management, airworthiness and logistics engineering are delivered to students to provide them a complete picture on the operation of the aviation industry.

Industrial Centre (IC) training which aims at providing students with basic hands-on engineering skills and practice through workshop and project training is arranged at the beginning of the second semester. Elective subjects are provided to students to enrich their knowledge in some specialized areas in aviation.

Programme Structure
Year One (33 credits)
Semester 1 (16 credits)
Semester 2 (17 credits + 4 training credits)
  • Cluster Area Requirements I
  • Introduction of Aircraft Design and Aviation Systems
  • Fundamentals of Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Structures and Materials
  • Air Transport Operations
  • Chinese Communication for Air Transportation (1 credit)
  • Airport Information Systems
  • Aviation Safety and Reliability
  • Aircraft Propulsion Systems
  • Flight Mechanics and Control
  • Human Factors in Aviation
  • Professional Communication in English 
    (2 credits)
  • Integrated Aviation Engineering Project 
    (4 training credits)
Summer Internship (Optional)
Year Two (33 credits)
Semester 1 (18 credits)
Semester 2 (15 credits)
  • Cluster Area Requirements II
  • Service Learning
  • Society and the Engineer
  • Airworthiness
  • Airport Logistics Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Aircraft Service Engineering and Logistics
  • Elective 1*
  • Elective 2*
Capstone Project (6 credits)

*List of electives
(a) Aircraft Electrical and Actuation Systems 
(b) Avionics Systems 
(c) Managing Service Quality 
(d) Risk and Crisis Management 
(e) Data Management and Operational Research 
(f) Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Aircraft Production 
(g) Engineering Composites 
(h) Aircraft Performance and Flight Management

(Note: Each subject carries 3 credits unless otherwise specified.)

Career Prospects
Graduates will be able to seek employment as professional engineers in maintenance, repair and operations organizations, and in the areas of air transportation, logistics operation, and aircraft component design and manufacture. They can also find employment opportunities in other engineering related industries such as engineering consultancy firms, environmental, electronic and manufacturing industries, information technology and education sectors, and government departments.

(Note: Each subject carries 3 credits unless otherwise specified.)

Professional Recognition
The programme has been granted full accreditation by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).
Entrance Requirements
An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a related engineering discipline.
Work-integrated Education
1. To provide opportunities for students to learn in both academic and workplace settings
2. To expose students to actual working environment, thereby enhancing the employability of students
3. To provide opportunities for students to apply their skills and knowledge to contribute to the industry and community
4. To help students to develop a wide range of generic abilities in a working environment

The Requirements

1. A student is required to spend at least 2 weeks of full-time WIE training before graduation.
2. WIE activities should be "structured” and "measurable" -
  "Structured" = the nature of the WIE activity should be well-defined beforehand. It might include, but not be limited to, one or more of the following intended learning outcomes:
  a) The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of workplace safety in an engineering environment.
  b) The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of environmental issues in an engineering environment.
  c) The student is able to appreciate or learn the importance of professional ethics in an engineering environment.
  d) The student is able to acquire or apply engineering knowledge in an engineering environment.
  "Measurable" = assessed to meet the WIE requirements and graded as Pass or Fail
3. Possible activities, subject to prior approval by the Programme Leader, to fulfill WIE requirements are as follows:
  Internship opportunities organized by the Department/Office of Careers and Placement Services (CAPS)
  Summer placement in industrial/commercial sector
  Placement in industrial /commercial sector during the period of deferment of study /zero-subject enrolment
  Final Year Capstone Project which involves an external client or industrial partner
  Conduct in a form proposed by students with the prior approval of the Programme Leader
  WIE activity is not necessarily one in which the student is remunerated. For overseas and Mainland placements, a subsidy scheme has been introduced by the University to facilitate students to take up such placements by covering some of the costs incurred.

Flow of WIE Activities

  Activities Responsible Party
1 Department to invite WIE Internship opportunities from industrial partners Department
2 Internship Arrangements
(Recruitment, Selection, Interview, Confirmation)
Department/CAPS/Student Self-sourced
3 Endorsement of WIE fulfillment BEFORE Internship.
Students to complete a WIE Endorsement Form and submit it to the Department
4 Internship takes place Students
5 Completion of WIE. 
Students to complete a WIE Report Form and WIE Excel Form submit it to the Department
6 Approval of WIE Department
7 Update students' WIE fulfilment to the student records Department
8 Printing of WIE Certificate as supplementary information to the Academic Transcript CAPS


Dr. Frank Zou
Programme Leader
Tel: 3400 8066
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Office: Room QR826

General Office
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Hong Kong Aviation Scholarship Scheme(香港航空獎學金計劃)
1. To encourage continuous professional enhancement for the aviation sector in Hong Kong, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) [hereafter named as "Government"] has set up the Hong Kong Aviation Scholarship Scheme for selected students to complete aviation-related degree or higher degree programmes in PolyU.
No. and Value
2. The scholarship, capped at HK$100,000 each, will be used to cover the tuition fees for completion of the aviation-related programmes in full-time mode.
3. The Selection Panel has the complete discretion to decide on the number of scholarship to be awarded each year.
Policy and Eligibility
4. Details are provided in the Annex to the Application Form and the Deed of Undertaking.
Application for 2018-19 intakes
5. Invitation for application will be announced to students of the BEng(Hons) in Air Transport Engineering via email during the first semester after being admitted to the programme.
6. PolyU and/or the Government reserves the right to change the terms or withdraw the above scholarship at its sole determination. In case of any dispute and/or disagreement, any decision made by PolyU and/or the Government is final and binding.
Interdisciplinary Division of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering
Room QR821, 8/F, Core R
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
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Application and Admission
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Programme Information
Dr. Frank Zou
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General Office
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