With a curated range of innovative Aeronautical and Aircraft Engineering courses available including its latest Honours degree which is the first of its kind in Scotland, Perth College UHI has long been considered a facility which produces industry-ready graduates of the highest calibre thanks to its unique marriage of practical skills and robust classroom learning amongst its state-of-the-art education and research facilities.

The modern day aeronautical industry requires highly skilled engineers and technicians capable of responding to each stage of the product life-cycle, from conceptual design through to in-service support and Perth College UHI in partnership with Air Service Training (AST), the oldest aviation training organisation of its type in the world, pride themselves in readying its students for both the challenges and benefits which accompany careers within the industry.

Continuing to draw students both locally and from across the globe to its conveniently central location Perth College UHI’s newest offering, the BSc Hons Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Management degree brings together an expert staff to provide graduates with a training certificate in addition to an honours degree, designed to facilitate a more efficient and productive pathway to becoming a certified, licensed aircraft engineer.

And in efforts to drive innovative and industrial advancements, Perth College UHI alongside AST and others is leading plans for another Scottish first – The Aviation Academy of Scotland, one of the Tay Cities Deal projects.

Following a multi-million pound investment in the region, the Academy hopes to integrate local, regional and national aviation education and specialist training and skills and its Perth Campus will focus on Engineering and Air Traffic and Aviation Management skills, helping develop a workforce with the skills necessary to respond to aviation’s global growth.

Accounting for approximately 10% of the UK aerospace industry, Scotland’s aerospace and defence industry is regarded as one of the most vibrant and successful sectors of UK business with world-renowned manufacturers such as BAE Systems and Rolls Royce positioning the country as a key player.

With demand continuing to rise – and a global increase which will see air traffic doubling over the next 15 years if current growth rates continue – the need for experienced personnel to fly, support and maintain the required aircraft will be unprecedented.

With a specialist staff which includes former engineers from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fleets and aerodynamicists who have worked with Formula 1 teams coupled with the world class facilities available which include hangar space, functioning aircraft, fixed base and full motion simulators alongside wind tunnels and research facilities, Perth College UHI together with AST are continuing to equip this booming industry with some of its finest employees.