Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician
An Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer works on maintaining and certifying aircraft of all types from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military. They should have a comprehensive knowledge of aircraft systems, carry out approved maintenance processes to maintain and certify the airworthiness of the aircraft.
It involves highly skilled, complex and specialist work, maintaining aircraft systems according to approved data 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 completed and certified. They must work both individually and as part of a larger team, including carrying out supervisory duties and oversight of work completed. They will demonstrate their ability to identify and resolve problems using the approved data, processes and understand the limits of their authority/approval. They will understand how and why Standard Operating Procedures are produced for maintaining aircraft and the importance of using them.
An Aircraft Maintenance Licence will be required to carry out this role. See here!
Individual employers will set the criteria, but most candidates will have four GCSEs B grade or above on entry (including English, Maths & Physics). Employers who recruit candidates without English, Maths and Physics at Grade B or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this requirement, or an equivalent at Level 3, prior to completion of the Apprenticeship.
Duration of Apprenticeship
Typically 36 months, timescales may reduce if an apprentice has prior relevant qualifications/experience.
Qualifications and Development
After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development within a protected environment/or under close supervision in the workplace or area, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualification (working title -currently in development)
- Level 2 Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications/certification (working titles - currently in development)
- Level 4 Aerospace and Aviation (Development Competence) plus
- Certification against the EASA part 66 modules – B Licence
All of the qualification/certification requirements in the foundation and development phases are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their business requirements. Further detail can be found in the Employer Occupational Brief which is an annex to the Assessment Plan.
There will be an assessment at the end of the development phase where the apprentice will need to demonstrate full competence against the qualification outcomes for knowledge, skills and behaviours, set out in the Standard and Employer Occupational Brief. On successful completion of the employer endorsement phase (sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate. Knowledge and vocational qualifications that meet national and/or regulatory requirements will be included on the Certificate.
On completion of the Standard the apprentice will have successfully applied for an EASA Part 66 category B Licence and is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech).