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Certificate of Study in
Airworthiness Engineering

Airworthiness is an ever-evolving field that integrates many complex aspects to determine flight safety. In the last five years alone, airworthiness has changed dramatically, creating a critical need for timely education and expertise.

Recognizing a gap in this knowledge base, Embry-Riddle and the Northrop Grumman Corporation have joined efforts to create a Certificate of Study in Airworthiness Engineering (CSAE) graduate program designed to formally prepare students for this specialty.

The first of its kind in the U.S., the Airworthiness Engineering program was recognized by the Engineer’s Council with the 2017 Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award. Its vision is to build a stronger airworthiness skill set by creating a formalized and comprehensive airworthiness curriculum.


About Airworthiness Engineering at the Daytona Beach, FL Campus

The Certificate of Study in Airworthiness Engineering (CSAE) is a first-of-its-kind 12-credit-hour graduate engineering program focused specifically on the science and regulatory causalities related to airworthiness engineering. The Airworthiness Engineering certificate is composed of four engineering courses (AWE502, SYS505, UASE501, AWE510) that focus on airworthiness at a graduate level. The curriculum is structured to address the professional educational needs of participants in the principles of airworthiness engineering, especially those individuals engaged in the design, development, certification, production, operation and maintenance of air systems -- either manned and unmanned.

Upon successful completion of each course, earned credit is recorded and an official transcript generated, which students may apply toward a future master’s degree if they so choose. The program requires the successful completion of four courses offered over a 12-month period. 

NOTE: The program is temporarily on hold until September 20, 2020 as it is being converted from a blended delivery format to 100% online.

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AWE 502

Airworthiness Process and Procedures


SYS 505

System Safety and Certification



Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Design


AWE 510

Aircraft Airworthiness Engineering Principles


Total Credits



12 Credits

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