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Several Aerospace Engineering courses, organised by NPTEL India (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) are available during the second semester 2020. The courses adress mainly to Indian students, who are living far from Universities. According to my experience, most of the courses consist in video recordings where the professors are explaining concepts and facts, and you have to take notes by your own. Online training quizzes and assignments are available, but to get a certificate one has to pass a final exam in one of the Indian exam centres. Below the course list :
Organization : onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in
Costs : generally free, except for certification (please check seperately for each course)
Start Dates : July 20, 2020
Duration : 8 – 12 weeks
Language : English
Link to enroll :
Mooc offered by Samara State Aerospace University.
Platform : Stepik
Language : English
Instructor : Prokhor
Commitment : 6 weeks, 4 hrs / week
Requirement : non
Credential : Certificate Stepik
Course description :
In this course you will learn about civil aviation in the Russian economy, the role of an engineer of aircraft technical maintenance, and training facilities and benefits at Samara University.
About the course
After completing the course, students will know:
- he state of the civil aviation of the Russian Federation, and its tasks;
- majors popular in the Russian civil aviation;
- the role of maintenance engineers to ensure the flights of aircraft;
- types and features of maintenance and repair of aircraft;
- benefits of training at Samara University;
- possible scope of activities of Samara University graduate with a major in “Technical maintenance of aircraft and aircraft engines”
Link to enroll : https://stepik.org/course/1795/promo
Interesting and well structured Mooc about Technical maintenance of commercial airlines. It adresses to further students in aeronautical engineering and gives an idea of technical skills and responsibilities to manage. Video lectures (followed by transcriptions) and external videos are about aviation engineering services, brief descriptions of aircraft components and structures, and types of aircraft maintenance services. You also learn facts about the state of the Russian civil aviation industry, and what kind of education options, qualifications and job-training Samara State Aerospace University offers.
After each lesson, you can achieve a multiple choice question test. There is no limit in attempts, but proposed answers are changing in order and content. Quizzes have been reviewed and contain also some cloze tests. My personal score was 94%.
You can comment the lessons, and reply to student’s discussion.
A very good introduction to aviation engineering and maintenance skills for future students.
This course will cover Aircraft maintenance like overhaul, repair, inspection or modication of an aircraft or aircraft components. including piston and jet engines. Maintenance includes such tasks as ensuring compliance with Airworthiness Directives.
Organization : onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in
Costs : free, except for certification
Start Date : Feb 25, 2019
Duration : 8 weeks
Language : English
Course Instructors : Prof. A.K. Ghosh, MR. Vipul Mathur, Department of of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur.
Pre-Requisites : Aircraft Maintenance (Online Courses Portal / NPTEL), see review
Course Layout :
Week 1 : Introduction, Construction
Week 2 : Performance, Lubrication system, Induction system
Week 3 : Fuel system, Ignition System, Starting System
Week 4 : Propeller, Maintenance
Week 5 : Introduction, Inlet, Compressor
Week 6 : Combustion, Turbine, Exhaust
Week 7 : Fuel system, Lubrication system, Ignition System
Week 8 : Starting, Thrust Augmentation, Material, Maintenance
Exam : The Certification examen (online, in one of the Indian Exam centres) is optional, costs not yet communicated. Exam dates : April 27, 2019 (2 sessions : 9am to 12 noon; AN-2pm to 5pm).
Find more information on this link
Personal recommended reference documents :
Aviation Maintenance Technician Handbook– Powerplant FAA :
This Mooc offered by NPTEL (National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning – India) is currently the only free Mooc about technical aircraft engine maintenance. The strength of this course is the detailed explanation of how piston engines work and what you have to consider for maintenance of aircraft engines. A chapter about jet engines concludes the course. The course design, mainly based on lecture of video slides is somewhat different of European or American Moocs : it doesn’t allow a lot of interactions and visual and sound quality could be improved. What I appreciated most about this course were several Lab session videos, where the instructor disassembled real aircraft engines for maintenance and also illustrated eventual risks of engine failures due to fatigue, pre-ignition or bad assembling. This Lab session videos completed perfectly the theoretical explanations. Apart some exceptions, the NPTEL course team answered promptly to questions of the participants on the discussion forum. Personal average score of the 8 assignments was 97%.
By Estonian Aviation Academy
The course is dedicated to categorization of aircraft. All possible categories of aircraft flying up to date are been discussed starting from their history and brief information about most known representatives of each category is given.
Course authors: Jaan Susi, Hans Künka
Training volume: 1 ECTS (26 hours)
Course duration: 6 weeks
Course dates: 15.10.2018 to 25.11.2018
Platform : Moodle
Course target group: people intrested in aviation
Course certification: Students who successfully complete weekly quizzes ( scores of at least 50%) will receive the Estonian Aviation Academy certificate
All of the persons, having passed the course, will know the basic principles of categorization of aircraft, know the categories of aircraft, distinguish the belonging of some different aircraft to different categories, know some facts from the history of aircraft and also some basic technical data of some aircraft.
The course is presented in a form of full E-aid, containing 11 different lessons. For each lesson (video lectures, about 30 minutes per video)), an additional brief written form content of the particular lesson is given, as well as a glossary and a 10-question multiple choice test is proposed at the end of each lesson.
- Aviation and aircraft. Balloons and airships
- Miscellaneous aircraft
- Propeller driven civil aircraft
- Sports and entertainment aircraft
- Propeller-driven military aircraft
- Non-powered aircraft
- Jet-driven civil aircraft
- Jet-driven military aircraft
- Personal and business jets
- Rocket-driven aircraft
A very well structured course of presentation and classification of aircraft, including lot of videos, pictures and links. I really enjoyed this introduction Mooc, easily accessible for beginners, but also including useful information for those who are already familiar with aircraft (for instance infos about VTOl Jets, tiltwing aircraft,…). One of the few Moocs, where the required time-investment isn’t too important and corresponds to reality (26 academic hours, with the optional possibility to get more information via the provided links and personal researches). For each test you have two attempts, personal score was 95%, based on one single attempt.