Course Title: Aircraft Electrics

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6011 Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Title: Aircraft Electrics

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2009,
Term2 2010,
Term2 2011,
Term1 2012

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide basic training in aircraft electrics as a prerequisite for more advanced training required for employment as a para-professional technician.
This course provides the underpinning knowledge in power generation, control protection and utilisation in the form of alternating and direct current in an aerospace environment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

AERO5384 Introduction to Aerospace
EEET6533 Aerospace Electronic Fundamentals 1

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBH729 Aircraft Electrics

Learning Outcomes

1. List aircraft electrical power requirements and the sources of DC and AC power.
2. Describe and explain the operation, cooling and regulation of aircraft DC generators.
3. Explain the operation of an aircraft DC generation system with component and system fault scenarios.
4. Describe the operation and control of aircraft AC alternators and compare AC and DC power sources.
5. Explain the operation of rectifiers, transformer rectifiers and inverters.
6. Explain the operation of DC and AC ground power supplies and describe the function of APUs.
7. List indicator light categories and corresponding colours, and explain the operation of a master(MWS) and central warning system (CWS).
8. Describe and explain the types and operation of power distribution busbars.
9. Describe and explain the operation of aircraft electrical circuit control switches and relays.
10. Describe and explain circuit protection devices used on aircraft and the operation of a generator control unit (GCU).
11. Describe and explain the construction and operation of electric motors used in aircraft systems.
12. Explain the operation of typical aircraft power utilisation systems.
13. Describe the construction and operation of smoke and toxic fume detection systems.
14. Explain the operation and constructional principles of aircraft fire detection and protection system.
15. Explain the purpose and operation of aircraft, ice, rain and demisting control system.

Overview of Assessment

To successfully to complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing practical tasks to aerospace standards.