Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician

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. 


Year 1

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Working efficiently and effectively in an engineering environment
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Demonstrating personal accountability in an aircraft maintenance environment
  • Carrying out aircraft detail fitting activities
  • Producing aircraft detail assemblies
  • Maintaining aircraft mechanical devices and equipment
  • Maintaining electrical equipment and systems
  • Fundamentals of aviation mathematics and science
  • Human factors in aviation

Year 2

  • Fundamentals of aircraft electrics, digital techniques and electronic instrument systems
  • Fundamentals of aircraft materials and hardware
  • Fundamentals of aerodynamics
  • Fundamentals of aircraft maintenance practices
  • Fundamentals of civil aviation legislation

Year 3

  • Fundamentals of aircraft aerodynamics, structures and systems for turbine engines
  • Fundamentals of aircraft gas turbine engines
  • Fundamentals of aircraft propellers

Further units dependent on employer choice.


The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 42 months.

Location and study format:

The course will be held at procat basildon campus and studied on a mixture of block and day release.

Entry requirements:

GCSE grades 5 (or c) in maths and english.


The apprenticeship standard is at level 3.

Please note, this standard is part of an overall standard covering a number of job roles. The holding standard can be found here: Engineering Technician


Level 2 diploma in aerospace and aviation engineering

Level 3 diploma in on-aircraft maintenance category a

Level 3 diploma in aviation maintenance

Professional registration:

On achieving this standard, each apprentice’s documentation set is submitted to the approved, independent assessment body to gain the award of the apprenticeship certificate and to satisfy the requirements for engineering technician registration. Knowledge and vocational qualifications that meet national and/or regulatory requirements will be included on the certificate.


Procat offers commercial b1 licence training which may be suitable for those completing this apprenticeship.

Funding band:

This apprenticeship is in funding band 14 with a funding cap of £27,000.

For more information on how apprenticeship funding works for your organisation, click here.

An Aircraft Maintenance Licence will be required to carry out this role. See here!


Apprenticeship standard for an aircraft maintenance
fitter/technician (fixed and rotary wing)

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Assessment plan for an aircraft maintenance
fitter/technician (fixed and rotary wing)

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