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Aircraft Maintenance Fitters/Technicians 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?

The course consists of the following mandatory qualifications:

Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)

After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development Competence)

Plus one of the following Technical Knowledge Qualifications as applicable to the pathway being undertaken:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Civil Aircraft Mechanical) approved by the CAA
  • Level 3 Diploma in On-Aircraft Maintenance Category A
  • EASA Aircraft Maintenance Licence Category A, Part 66 modules through an approved Part 147

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?

42-48 months. Various modes of delivery including: Year 1 – 5 days a week college, Year 2-4 – 1 day a week college & 4 days a week 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?

You can progress to a higher level apprenticeship such as the level 4 certifying engineer standard or secure employment as an aircraft maintenance fitter/technician.

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.

Approval Status

Subject to approval by awarding organisation

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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