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48 months


Aircraft Maintenance Engineers work on maintaining aircraft of all types from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military. They are expected to carry out approved maintenance processes to maintain the airworthiness of the aircraft. It involves highly skilled, complex and specialist work, maintaining aircraft systems according to approved requirements and work instructions, using relevant hand tools and equipment. They must comply with civil and or military regulatory and organisational requirements. They must be able to research data sources, ensuring that on completion of a task all aircraft documentation is accurately filled in.

Am I ready to start?

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades 4-9 (A*-C) incl. Maths, English and a Science subject. Interview and Reference.  Individual Employers will also set their own entry requirements.

How does an Apprenticeship Work?

Apprenticeship Standards are assessed through independent end point assessors. Your role as an apprentice may vary depending on your employer.

We currently work closely with a number of companies to ensure learners are developing the skills they require to successfully progress into work with a reputable business. Companies we are currently working with include: Manchester Airport Group, Harrods Aviation, Ryanair, Kearsley Airways, AEM ltd and many more.

What does the course involve?

  • aircraft maintenance practices and principles - including aircraft materials, fundamentals of aircraft systems and supervising fault diagnosis and functional checks
  • aviation safety practices and principles - including military and civil air legislation and requirements and human attitudes and behaviours
  • aviation mathematical techniques, formulas, calculations and physics
  • maintaining aircraft airworthiness - including inspecting and repairing major aircraft assemblies, components and systems and identifying damage, fatigue and corrosion
  • maintaining aircraft airworthiness - including bonding and assembly, sealing and jointing and precision drilling and finishing
  • using hand, mechanical and electrical tools and equipment - including ground support and measuring and test equipment
  • interpreting and improving engineering data - including aircraft documentation, computer generated information, drawings, maintenance manuals and specifications
  • health and safety practices, procedures and legislation within an airworthiness environment
  • level 2 aerospace and aviation (foundation competence)
  • level 4 aerospace and aviation (development competence)
  • certification against the EASA part 66 modules - (B licence)

Assessment consists of On Programme assessment and End Point Assessment. Assessment methods include a combination of examinations, portfolio of evidence, observations and written assignments. The end point assessment involves a portfolio based occupational competence validation interview (VIVA).

This qualification is graded Pass/ Fail

How and when will I study?

One day a week college and four days a week at work. Alternative modes of delivery include day release for the full 4 years.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

The aeronautical industry offers many exciting career opportunities and we provide clear pathways to a successful career. The possibilities are vast and with further study and experience you could be working as a team leader, senior engineer, technical manager and many more.

Got a job?

You must have a job to do an apprenticeship. If you already have a job you may be able to do an apprenticeship with your current employer.

If you don’t have a job for your apprenticeship – apply for your place at College by clicking the 'Apply Now' button at the top and bottom of the page.

Once you have applied please check out our apprenticeship job vacancies.

An apprenticeship comprises two parts:

  • Typically 20% study element (at Harlow College or Stansted Airport College).
  • 80% work based element with an employer. It is your responsibility to find an employer.

Great, so what do I do now?

Call 01279 868240 to speak to an Apprenticeships adviser

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