Air navigation services engineer

Information systems engineering & management – Bachelor of Engineering

To provide the highest level of safety in air traffic, we have been working together with the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt to produce dyed-in-the-wool engineering experts. These experts provide a technical infrastructure on the ground and in the air that has to meet the highest standards of reliability. This infrastructure includes the surveillance technology to determine the exact position of aircraft and the communications technology between air traffic controllers and pilots, such as datalink and radiotelephony. It is your job to provide the technology needed so that your colleagues can do their jobs.

What does the future hold for you?

Your strengths will reveal themselves over the course of your studies and during your practical periods at DFS. Then a decision can be made together on where your future lies. This could be in project management or research and development, or in ensuring the smooth operation of navigation aids.

A solid theoretical foundation.

  • Area of specialisation: Electrical Engineering

    Over the course of seven semesters, you will build up a solid foundation in mathematics, physics as well as electrical and high-frequency engineering. You will also cover circuit and computer technology as well as signal theory and signal processing. You will be using information and communication systems, such as smart cards, mobile phones, navigation systems and multimedia PCs. You will learn about local and wide-area communication networks as well as globally distributed information and multi-media systems as well as calibration, logistic and automation systems.

  • Area of specialisation: Air Navigation Technology

    Over the course of eight semesters, you will learn about control technology and flight control as well as flight guidance systems and electronics and, of course, the basics of mathematics and physics. You will also cover maintenance, repair and test engineering as well as the foundations of business administration. All these courses will ensure that your practical periods get off to a good start. To ensure this is the case, you will begin to acquire the licences and ratings you need for specific technical air navigation facilities at in-house courses. You'll be well prepared to directly start taking on a high level of responsibility.

Put yourself to the test.

The practical phase of any degree programme is where you will be put to the test to see if you can apply all that you have learnt to the real world. At DFS, you will be receive an in-depth view of the world of air navigation services and the many demands placed on us day in and day out. You will learn all about our technical air navigation services facilities, particularly as regards navigation, surveillance and communications. You will also have to complete a research paper and manage your own projects.

What we are looking for.

School-leaving certificate

At least a Fachhochschulreife, but an A-Level/Abitur would be even better (or equivalent)


Knowledge of physics and mathematics, good English and an interest in the world of aviation and air navigation services


You have strong analytical skills and are a team player with a good general level of education. You have to desire to produce quality in everything you do and are open to learning new things

The deadline for applications for the recruitment year 2018 has already passed. 
From 1 June 2019, you can apply for the dual course of studies to start from 1 October 2020.