FAA-Accepted Master of Science Degree in Airworthiness Engineering (MS-AWE)

For Designated Engineering Representative (DER) applicants wishing to substitute a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Airworthiness Engineering for 1 year of experience.

The FAA expects accepted MS degree programs to consist of the following:

  • A minimum of 30 credit hours of Master's level course work
  • Course work in-person, online, or a combination of both
  • General courses related to Airworthiness that include:
    • Airworthiness Engineering Principles, Fundamentals, and Procedures
    • Continued/Continuing Airworthiness
    • System Safety
    • Certification Procedures
    • Aircraft Certification Regulations
    • Other topics relevant to Compliance Finding and Airworthiness Certification
  • Technical courses that include topics appropriate for one or more of the following DER disciplines:
    • Acoustical
    • Electrical Systems and Equipment
    • Engine
    • Flight Analyst
    • Flight Test Pilot
    • Mechanical Systems and Equipment
    • Power Plant
    • Propeller
    • Structural

Note: Specific technical areas applicable to each DER discipline are detailed in FAA Order 8100.8D, section 404 and Appendix A, and on the technical criteria forms listed on Become a DER.

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Last updated: Thursday, October 11, 2018