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About Avionics Engineering

The term avionics is a combination of the words aviation and electronics. Avionics are the electronic systems used on Aerospace Vehicles such as aircraft, satellites, and spacecraft. The systems include navigation, communications, display and management of multiple systems, and hundreds of other systems fitted to Aerospace Vehicle for the performance of different functions. They may have the implementation of Artificial Intelligence paradigms and development of new software based controls for autonomous systems. The systems may be as simple as a searchlight for a patrolling helicopter to complicated systems like fully functional tactical system for an airborne early warning platform integrated with on ground control centre for the live relay of information.

The field of Avionics plays a vital role in modernisation initiatives related to life cycle support of Aerospace Platforms. The cockpit of manned aircraft and control room of an unmanned aircraft are typical locations for avionic equipment.

The mission of avionics engineering program is to prepare engineering students for a career with wide-ranging opportunities in research, development, design, production, sales, and management in the aerospace and other related industries involved with the solution of multi-disciplinary, advanced technology problems through innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and healthy life-long learning attitude.

Avionics Engineering Program

This degree program provides graduates with the technical foundation they need to enter the field of avionics engineering technology. It will prepare them to apply engineering principles, processes and practices to evaluate, analyse, design and develop avionics systems, and their maintenance.

Focused on the in-demand field of airborne electronic systems, the four-year program encompasses the study of aerodynamics, propulsion, aerospace structures, digital communication, and avionics network technology, radar, and navigation guidance & flight control systems. The program imparts knowledge of basic engineering technology as well as practical avionics knowhow for readiness of engineers to cope up the challenges in the field faced by national and international organisations. Avionics engineering students also undertake the coursework, which is essential to understand how the data is processed by different avionics systems for control and effective operation of an aerospace vehicle. During the course of studies, they are also familiarised with flight data recording systems and transmission of real-time information from the vehicle to the controller.

Future in Avionics

The field of avionics technology offers a wide range of employment opportunities to those with the proper educational background. The graduates of this degree program find exciting career opportunities as team lead, managers and avionics engineers in both defence as well as airline industry in the country and abroad.

  • Analysis
  • Design
  • Systems Engineering
  • Software Development
  • Avionics Fabrication
  • Space Explorations
  • Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence


Century Avionics, the largest privately owned avionics facility in South Africa, was formed in 1978 and is based at Lanseria International Airport. We specialise in general avionics sales, installations, maintenance, support and modifications through our design organisation for certified and non-certified aircraft. Century Avionics represents a host of mainstream and specialised dealerships as well.

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