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School leavers can enter as Mechanical specialists in the General Technician trade who work on everything from heavy plant machinery to hydraulic lifts for aircraft. manufacture. conversion. offering several types of entry routes: the Apprenticeship route for school leavers. maintenance. maintenance. who may have never considered aircraft maintenance as a career. FUEL X FEED Nevertheless. resulting in an overall decrease in apprenticeship opportunities. which included day-release college study and preparation for the licensed engineering modules.” HDG The RAF also offers engineering training and roles working on state-of-the-art technology. with aircraft engineering coming out as one of the recommended choices in relation to his skills and interests.” says Mark. which spans a huge range of activities from Flying Clubs to business jets below 5700Kg. Case study . “Every day is different. Now Mark works on the C-130 Hercules aircraft and says. (Joining age: 16-29. Specialising in either mechanics or avionics. They know it is highly regarded in the industry and an excellent place to develop a worthwhile and really interesting career. This also included college study leading to a City and Guilds Aircraft Engineering certificate as well as on-the-job training which led to a National Vocational Qualfication Level 3. a large UK company based in Cambridge specialising in aircraft design. from carrying out repairs to testing engines. there are now an increasing number university courses offering an alternative route while further education (FE) colleges also have training courses. transferring their engineering to work to other airlines or specialist maintenance companies. maths and an approved science/ technology-based subject. including an NVQ Level 3. with companies sponsoring the preparation for qualifications such as NVQ/HNC and the EASAapproved licences (see last page). With the majority of currently qualified maintenance engineers due to retire over the next ten years. Marshall Aerospace AILERON Getting there Mark Staines TAXI ON Aircraft engineers maintain. Mark’s career in aircraft engineering began when he was at school and did a careers profiling exercise. The General Aviation (GA) community. However. carrying out inspections and signing off work. “My school did encourage me to go to university but I knew I wanted to be more hands-on. The RAF’s technician training earns you a National Engineering Certificate at Level 3 and an Advanced Apprenticeship. often incorporating work experience opportunities. many airlines have slimmed down their aircraft maintenance divisions.Train and maintain Traditionally. the entry route to aircraft maintenance is via an apprenticeship in industry. ‘Higher’ apprenticeships for those leaving further education and graduate routes for engineering graduates hoping to enter the field. 21. “I would really recommend this work to any young person who likes engineering and wants a hands-on role. inspect and service aircraft to achieve internationally-approved licences and sustain aviation’s high safety standards all over the globe. it’s definitely not an office job and it is physical: you have to be ready to climb right into the aircraft!” Mark is now keen to take the next step in the Marshall Aerospace career pathway by becoming a Supervisor. “I really enjoy my work due to the variety involved. Qualifications required are three GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language. also requires qualified engineers. With the company there is already a specific programme of training to help Mark progress in his career. In addition. it’s definitely not routine!” – Mark Staines RUD Many companies are investing heavily in training opportunities. some companies have training schemes for people from other professions. Graduates can apply for the RAF’s Engineer Officer route for which other professional qualifications are also considered (GCSE English grade C/3 minimum also required). In addition. Marshall Aerospace is renowned for its excellent standard of training which incorporates college study. lots of apprentices here have come down from places like Manchester to join the programme. he was made redundant from that scheme. but then successfully applied to the Marshall Aerospace apprenticeship programme.” So he opted to do a BTEC Aircraft Engineering at college and then joined an apprenticeship scheme with a company based at Stansted Airport. Mark is also completing his Part-66 licensed engineering qualification and is receiving additional support from his company to pay for the examination fees. on-the-job training and courses at their own Training Centre. you could join a unique club of qualified aircraft engineers who work for airlines.) Mark Staines works for Marshall Aerospace. repair and overhaul (MRO) divisions of aerospace manufacturers or specialist aircraft maintenance companies. there are likely to be plenty of employment opportunities in the future. Unfortunately. Mark says. “Although it’s not always easy to find an apprenticeship. this will entail looking after a team of people. modification and logistic support. Airframe Fitter.

There are three categories.EASA Aircraft Maintenance Licensing EASA is the European Aviation Safety Agency.) and B2 (avionics . • Category B – Provides the standard licence for practitioners.easa.EEF (Engineering Employers Federation) www. In the UK. • Category C – Permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following base maintenance on aircraft (when the aircraft is stripped down for complete service and overhaul). licences are awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which also approves training organisations.uk University of Glamorgan www.com Apprenticeships .uk 2008 . and more! www. divided into B1 (mechanics . Holders may provide Certificate of Release of Service of aircraft following maintenance and repair tasks. Completion of a special Part-147 course allows holders to apply for a Part-66 licence with less practical experience.uk CAA www.com +44 (0) 20 7670 4300 Produced in partnership with the SBAC www.engines. All licences are dependent on the completion of appropriate qualifications and obtaining relevant practical experience.com RAF www.uk Association of Licensed Aircraft Engineers www.apprentices.raf.alae. The work will be carried out by B1 or B2 licensed engineers therefore often a C licence applicant usually already holds a B1 or B2 licence.com Marshall Aerospace www.aerosociety.org We can help The Royal Aeronautical Society Careers Centre can provide information on UK aircraft maintenance providers.ac.com Monarch Aircraft Engineering www.skillair.int/home Kingston University www.mod.instrumentation.co.eu. Applicants may study for basic licence examinations before they have acquired all the practical experience required as examination passes are valid for up to five years. • Category A – Permits the holder to provide limited certification of inspection and maintenance tasks or detect simple rectification.caa. electrical/ electronic equipment) subcategories. like the UK.co. Category B licences require more in-depth aircraft maintenance knowledge than category A.sbac.kingston. course listings making job applications. Find out more EASA www.uk Flybe www.flybe.uk/careers Air Skill COVE www. Aircraft Type rating qualifications are also required.co.marshallaerospace. The Part-66 Licence System ‘Part-66’ is the common European legal framework for certifying licensed aircraft engineers in EASA member states.flymonarch.com/careers careers@aerosociety.glamorgan.ac. airframes etc.