What Programme Content (Assessment): The syllabus and examination

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Last updated: July 13, 2019

What does an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) do? Aircraft Maintenance Engineers are employed throughout the aviation industry.

They are responsible for many types of aircraft. Engineers inspect, maintain, modify and repair airframes, engines and avionics.  There is also a large amount of sheet metal repairs and corrosion removal on airframes during hangar visits.   Recognition: European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), approved and conducted at EASA Maintenance Training School Approval No. EI 147.0012.

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The aviation industry is regulated in Europe by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in America by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and in Ireland, by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). EASA is the Gold Standard in aviation maintenance training and is recognised worldwide.    Programme Duration: The programme is 2 years in duration with 2 programme intakes per year (June & September) and is open to EU and Non-EU applicants. Visit our website, www.atlanticaviationinstitute.ie for information on our next intake.

  Study mode and Location: Full-Time, Atlantic Aviation Institute, Shannon, Ireland   What you need to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (EASA Part 66 CAT A1): Theoretical Training: EASA Part 66 CAT A1 Technical Training, Certificate of Recognition Plus Practical Training: 1 years’ work experience in a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) or airline maintenance facility. About the programme: The programme is designed to bring students through the fundamentals of Aircraft System Design, Human Factors, Maintenance Practices and Aviation Legislation required to become a competent Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. On successful completion of the programme, participants will be capable of carrying out maintenance work on large passenger aircraft. The two-year Aircraft Maintenance Engineer programme is fully approved by EASA. Programme Content (Assessment): The syllabus and examination standard is outlined in the EASA Part 66 regulation. The duration of the training is two years: 50% Theoretical and 50% Practical Training.

The Theoretical training programme is divided into 13 modules with a multiple-choice examination at the end of each module.   Year 1: Theoretical Training (21 weeks): 1.      Mathematics – covers Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. 2.      Physics – includes matter, mechanics thermodynamics, light and sound. 3.      Electrical Fundamentals – covers all aspects of basic electrical theory. 4.

      Digital Techniques Electronic Instrument Systems – theory of aircraft instruments. 5.      Materials and Hardware – learn all about materials and hardware used in aircraft. 6.      Maintenance Practices – understand the practices used to safely maintain aircraft to the manufacturer’s data. 7.      Basic Aerodynamics – understand how aircraft fly, composition of the atmosphere, aerodynamics, theory of flight and stability.

8.      Human Factors – understanding the Physical and Cognitive ergonomics, and the human interface within aviation maintenance. 9.

      Aviation Legislation – an important module that introduces the learner to the complex world of the laws governing aviation. 10.   Aeroplane Aerodynamics Structures and Systems – in-depth study of the structures and systems found on turbine aircraft. 11.   Gas Turbine Engine – covers all aspects of turbine engine operation. 12.   Propeller – covers seven chapters including construction and maintenance. Year 2: Practical Training: This will be spent transferring the knowledge gained in year 1 into practical application conducted in 2 phases.

Phase 1 (11 weeks): The training is delivered in dedicated training workshops where you will gain the hand skills and know-how to use the tools and instrumentation required to safely maintain modern jet aircraft. On successful completion of Phase 1, you can progress to Phase 2. Phase 2 (6 and ½ week’s practical training plus 1 year’s maintenance experience): Practical training is conducted in the busy environment of live aircraft maintenance at Atlantic Aviation Group. You will be actively involved in actual maintenance activities on Boeing 737, Boeing 757 and Boeing 767 aircraft carrying out or assisting in such tasks as: engine replacements, cabin refurbishment and structural repair, flight control and landing component replacements and system testing. You, the trainee, will be working together with experienced engineers who will support you during this phase and bring you to the competency levels expected by industry leaders such as Atlantic Aviation Group. You will also gain substantial insight of the management of aircraft overhaul in one of the world’s leading MRO providers.

Structure of the programme: To successfully complete the programme, students must pass all examinations at the required pass mark of 75%. All relevant practical assessments must be successfully completed and meet the minimum attendance requirement of 3,072 hours over the duration of the course, including all hours for each module. Note: Atlantic Aviation Institute basic course is 1,152 hours in duration, this includes theoretical, workshop and practical training. Atlantic Aviation Institute can issue a certificate after 1,152 hours once theoretical, workshop and practical training is successfully completed. The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) issues the licence upon receipt of the certificate and one year’s experience. Approximately another 1,920 hours work experience is required to qualify for the Cat A1 licence. Successful completion of Atlantic Aviation Institute EASA Part 147 approved training programme entitles the student to an EASA Part 66 A1 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence. Career Progression: This programme is aimed at anyone who wishes to gain the skills and experience that will allow them to perform maintenance work on large commercial aircraft, such as Airbus and Boeing.

  This programme will enable you to become an EASA qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. This is a career with long-term growth possibilities that will allow you to travel all over the world, as EASA approved qualifications are recognised globally. The airline industry will see solid long-term growth over the next 20 years, with yearly passenger numbers climbing from 713 million to 1.3 billion, which will require more aircraft, which in turn will require additional aviation maintenance personnel.  These positions will be located all over the world, providing you with the opportunity to travel and see the world. EASA qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineers are highly sought after due to the high standards they must maintain.

  There are many career progressions available to EASA AME’s. Many of our former trainees have become world leaders in the aviation community, some examples below: ·        Vice President & Head of Technical EMEA with AerCap ·        Vice President, Technical with Aergo Capital ·        Operations Manager with KLM Asia   Why train at Atlantic Aviation Institute? ·        The company has developed a rich and vibrant history of training world class Aircraft Maintenance Engineers over the past 30 years. The 2013 and 2015 World Skills Aircraft Maintenance Champions, Ros Wynne and Joseph Kelly were trained at Atlantic Aviation.  The company has also produced the last 5 Irish National Skills Champions. ·        Our Trainers are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the industry.  They strive to ensure that you gain the best learning experience and successfully pass the programme.

·        Atlantic Aviation Institute is one of the most experienced and respected training organisations within the industry and we will work to assist you, where possible, to gain work experience and employment within MRO facilities and airlines across the globe. ·        You will have the opportunity to complete your practical training in a live aircraft maintenance environment.   Why train in Shannon, Ireland? ·        Ireland is the gateway to Europe and Shannon in particular has pioneered and led the global aviation industry for many years.  Living and training amongst the world’s best ensures that you get the highest standard of training and education.

·        Ireland is the only Eurozone country with English as the native language.  Located on the West of Europe, English is the universal spoken language in Ireland.  Aviation English is the de facto international language of civil aviation. ·        The cost of living in the Mid-West of Ireland is much lower than many other European locations.

·        Traditional culture plays a part in everyday life when training to be an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in a country known as “The Land of a Thousand Welcomes.” ·        Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  Atlantic Aviation Institute is located in the middle of the world famous, Wild Atlantic Way, close to many beautiful beaches and 1,000 year old castles so you will enjoy the very best of what Ireland has to offer.  

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