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Senior-Level Technician

Course Code Course Title Duration Minimum to Attend
MPSLT112 Senior-Level Technician 48 weeks 5 Students
Course Aim:

Graduates of this course are expected to:

  1. Know and understand the main physical and dynamical processes and phenomena associated with weather at all scales
  2. Analyze and interpret synoptic weather charts and diagrams depicting current weather conditions.
  3. Identify the physical and dynamical processes creating the weather conditions and be able to predict what conditions will evolve from the effects of these processes
  4. Interpret and use NWP products in the prediction of the weather
  5. Interpret satellite imagery and use these in analysis and forecasting
  6. Prepare terminal and other forecasts for aviation and prepare documentation for use in flight planning and aircraft movement
  7. Know the weather conditions which are hazardous to the movement of aircraft and be able to predict these conditions
  8. Familiar with the relevant ICAO and WMO standards, recommended practices and codes relating to aviation
Outline Syllabus

Topics covered in this course are:

  1. Basic physics
  2. Mathematics
    • Differential and integral calculus
    • Vector analysis
    • Elementary differential equations
  3.  Elementary statistics
  4. Atmospheric thermodynamics and cloud physics
  5. Heat balance of the earth-atmosphere system
  6. Dynamics of motion systems
    • The conservation laws
    • Circulation and vorticity equations
    • The planetary boundary layer
  7. Introduction to numerical weather prediction
  8. The general circulation
  9. Synoptic meteorology of mid-latitude systems
  10. Synoptic systems in the tropics
  11. Interpretation of satellite imagery
  12. Elementary principles of radar
  13. Aeronautical meteorology
  14. Interpretation and operational use of numerical weather prediction products in weather analysis
  15. Preparation of aviation forecasts and documentation; briefings
  16. Preparation of local and regional forecasts
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