Department of Mechanical EngineeringPROGRAMS
Minor Program in Aeronautical Engineering

Substantial presence of aircraft-related industries and economic activities in Hong Kong has been demonstrated by employment data of our graduates in Cathay Pacific, Dragon Air, HAECO, HASEL, Airport Authority, and the formation of Aircraft Division at the HKIE in 2011. To cater for the strong demand and interest from the local community, the Minor Program in Aeronautical Engineering has been launched by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2012. The Minor Program enables the students to understand introductory and general knowledge of aeronautical engineering principle and aircraft structures, through topics including low speed aerodynamics, wing theory, aircraft structure, aircraft power plant, jet propulsion, aircraft stability and control, flight dynamics. These topics are essential to graduate engineers who are intended to work in aircraft system and component manufacturing/maintenance environments. The students should be able to describe and appreciate the key aeronautical engineering features of the context in which the relevant industry operates.

The Minor program and the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a whole has already established an excellent platform for academic exchange and collaborations with major universities and institutions in the United States, Asia and the Mainland China, many of which have strong Aeronautical and Aerospace engineering programs.

Career Opportunities for Graduates with Minor in Aeronautical Engineering

Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO):
    HAECO is the largest aircraft maintenance company in Hong Kong. It started its operation in 1950 and has extensive operation in China and other South Asian countries. It currently employs over ten HKUST graduates as aircraft maintenance engineers.
  • Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Ltd (HAESL):
    HAESL is jointly owned by Rolls-Royce, HAECO and SIA Eng. Co. It opened its operation in Tseung Kwan O in 1997 to provide repair and overhaul services of Trent and RB211 Rolls-Royce engines for HAECO. Its world-class, state-of-the-art engine overhaul facility can handle 230 large turbo fan engines annually. The company is currently employing about 14 HKUST graduates with some at managerial level.
  • Airlines - Cathay Pacific and Dragon Air:
    Both companies are owned by the Swire group. They are currently employing HKUST graduates as management trainees, engineering trainees, and pilots.
  • Airport Authority:
    The Airport Authority operates the Hong Kong International Airport. It currently employs HKUST graduates as engineers.
  • Civil Aviation Department:
    The Civil Aviation Department is currently expanding and the senior personnel are retiring. They are looking for new recruits to fill the gap at the moment. The Department is active in support of the HKIE Aircraft Engineering Development Scheme.
  • China Aircraft Services Limited (CASL):
    CASL currently employs more than 1000 engineers and technical/administrative staff with different backgrounds and a wide range of capabilities and experience. They welcome HKUST engineering graduates to apply for a number of engineering/technical posts.

Industries in PRD and the Mainland China
There are huge potential employment opportunities in the PRD Region and the Mainland China in general. Opening of low-altitude airspace of northeast, central and south China and six pilot cities has led to substantial expansion of aircraft-related industries in the PRD Region. The aviation industry in Pearl River Delta region focuses on aircraft final assembly, components processing and manufacturing, aviation maintenance and repair & overhaul, aviation service and logistics. The following companies, to name a few, are among the major players in the relevant industries in PRD regions.

Program Curriculum
The program aims to fulfill two major objectives:
  1. To equip students with fundamental knowledge in Aeronautical Engineering principle and aircraft structures;
  2. To prepare students to pursue a successful and rewarding career in aerospace and aviation industries in a broad perspective.
The program requires a minimum of 18 credits to be taken from the following courses

Required Courses: Students should take three courses out of the four required course*
Course   Credit(s)
MECH4610 Introduction to Aerodynamics 3
MECH4620 Aircraft Structure 3
MECH4630 Gas Turbines and Jet Propulsion 3
MECH4640 Aircraft Performance, Stability and Control 3

Elective Courses: Technical Electives with minimum from 9 credits from the following list
Course   Credit(s)
MECH4350 Indoor air quality in buildings (Fall 2013) 3
MECH4430 Materials characterization (Fall 2013) 3
MECH4710 Introduction to robotics (Fall 2013) 3
MECH4720 Introduction to precision engineering 3
MECH4740 Numerical methods in engineering 3
MECH4750 Mechanical Vibration (Fall 2013) 3
CIVL4370 Computer Methods of Structural Analysis 3
COMP3111 Introduction to Software Engineering (Fall 2013) 3
COMP3511 Operating Systems (Fall 2013) 3
ELEC3200 System Modeling, Analysis and Control (Spring 2014) 3
ELEC4010D Survey of Modern Aircraft Avionics Systems (Fall 2013) 3
IELM2200 Engineering Management (Fall 2013) 3
IELM2410 Logistics and Freight Transportation Operations 3

*For students who are not in AE minor, they can take these courses to fulfill the MECH UG electives requirement.
  1. MECH4610  Introduction to Aerodynamics (Fall 2013)
  2. MECH4620  Aircraft Structure (Spring 2013)
  3. MECH4630  Gas Turbines and Jet Propulsion (Spring 2013)
  4. MECH4640  Aircraft Performance, Stability and Control (Fall 2013)

Fundamental courses for Non-MECH students
The Minor Program welcomes Non-MECH students, including students with majors in other Engineering disciplines, Science, and Business & Management, with strong interests in the field of aeronautical engineering. These students will get tremendous benefits from the diverse nature of the courses that the Minor Program offers, while they can establish strong technical backgrounds to enhance their career opportunities upon graduation. To equip these students with sufficient backgrounds in mechanics and dynamics so as to enroll for the Minor Program, the MECH department will offers the following fundamental courses during summer or regular semesters:
  1. MECH1101 Fundamental of Aeronautical Engineering – Fluid Mechanics (Prerequisite for MECH4610 and MECH4640)
  2. MECH1102 Fundamental of Aeronautical Engineering – Solid Mechanics (Prerequisite for MECH4620)
  3. MECH1103 Fundamental of Aeronautical Engineering – Thermodynamics (Prerequisite for MECH4630)

Admission requirement
Applicants seeking admission to Minor Program of Aeronautical Engineering should satisfy the following minimum entrance requirements:

The Minor Program in Aeronautical Engineering is designed mainly for engineering students, but open to students with a science major, with a minimum CGA of 2.5 or above and sufficient background in mathematics, physics and fundamental mechanics.

Students must declare their intention to enroll in the Minor Program no earlier than the first regular term of their second year of study but no later than the last day of the add/drop period in the first regular term of their final year of study. Students who wish to withdraw from the Minor Program should apply before the last day of the add/drop period in the last regular term of their study.

Aeronautical Engineering Scholarships
Up to three special scholarships are made available every year to encourage students with high caliber and academic excellence to enroll in the Minor Program.

Aeronautical Engineering Management Committee/ Aeronautical Engineering Task Force
Prof Jang-Kyo KIM
Prof Kai TANG
Prof Huihe QIU
Prof Moses NG

Application is obtainable from the Admissions, Registration and Records Office (ARRO) website:

For all students interested in taking Aeronautical Engineering minor program, please submit the survey form to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clearwater Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Or it may be submitted online to The questionnaire is aimed to better prepare the teaching needs.

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