Intended for students with an interest in aviation, aeronautics and flying who wish to have the option of expanding their studies towards becoming an accredited professional in an engineering field. The only course of its kind in Western Australia, Aeronautical Technology deals with the science and technology of aviation, including aircraft systems, materials and manufacturing technology, and aircraft operation. Areas of study include a foundation in science and mathematics, along with engineering mechanics, computer-aided design, engineering materials, and thermodynamics and fluids. It also covers specific aviation science subjects such as aircraft systems and structures, aircraft propulsion and aerodynamics. Students will also gain an understanding of the operation and performance of aircraft from the point-of-view of an aviation technologist. The course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills relevant to the aviation industry, and, along with a sound theoretical base, includes strong elements of practical problem-solving, team work and project work. As a result, as well as having multiple technical and transferable skill competencies, students will graduate with strong analytical skills and the ability to contribute to complex projects. Provided appropriate electives are chosen, graduating students can apply to articulate into ECU's Master of Engineering course, specialising in either Mechanical or Civil Engineering. This enables students to achieve professional engineer status after a further two years of study.