40 ME final year students studying Aircraft Systems (ME4502) and Aviation Systems (ME4503) visited the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO) on 24 March. The visit offered students a previous and unique opportunity to approach real aviation industry and assist their comprehension of the knowledge on aircraft learnt from class. The technical tour was escorted by HAECO professionals, who elaborated major aircraft systems and avionics equipment in B747 and A330. Students also experienced the cockpits of different aircraft models. On top of the visit, some job opportunities were also created to our students.
ME students are showing unprecedented enthusiasm in aerospace engineering and aviation year by year. Motivated by this, ME department has decided to continuously consolidate its current Aviation Stream to a new height and actively establish new programme in this area. Hong Kong’s needs in aeronautical engineering and aviation industry desperately require qualified graduates to cope with the future requirement in this aspect. However, at this moment, there is no any local university offering any programme pertaining to aeronautical engineering and aviation. Qualified education in this aspect is highly insufficient in Hong Kong, becoming a bottleneck for the sustainable development of aeronautical engineering and aviation industry in Hong Kong. Using the aerospace engineering and aviation programme as a springboard, ME has confidence to attract high-caliber students from both local and overseas. Amongst those initiatives to strengthen the development in this area, ME department has recently invited aeronautical and aviation professionals to give lectures to keep students abreast of latest technological advances. In addition, periodical visit to local aviation industry is another highlight of this programme.