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Aircraft certifying technician (level 4)

Maintain and certify aircraft of all types from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military.

Level
4
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC)
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
£24,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Air Engineer
  • Aircraft Certifying Engineer
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
  • Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor
  • B2 Licenced Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Licenced Aircraft Engineer
  • Licenced Avionics Engineer
  • Senior Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Read, interpret, explain and suggest improvements to engineering data; drawings, specifications, maintenance manuals, computer generated information and aircraft documentation
  • Safe selection and use of hand and mechanical tools and equipment while carrying out maintenance of aircraft
  • Complying with and ensuring others comply with statutory military and/ or civil air legislation, quality and organisational requirements for aviation safety and occupational health and safety while carrying out aircraft maintenance techniques
  • Use, analyse and interpret the results obtained from test equipment, both mechanical and electronic while carrying out aircraft maintenance activities
  • Undertake and where appropriate supervise aircraft functional checks and fault diagnosis e.g. electrical bonding and earthing; flight control rigging and adjustment
  • Correct use of ground equipment required in the support of aircraft maintenance
  • Inspect, repair, remove and replace aircraft major assemblies, components, sub-assemblies and systems. To include the Identification and installation of mechanical fasteners, measuring and marking out and the selection of the correct materials
  • Apply sealing and jointing techniques in a wide range of applications
  • Precisely drill and finish holes in aircraft assemblies
  • Communicate effectively within the working environment with a range of stakeholders at different levels
  • Support and encourage the development of others
  • Identification, control, repair and prevention of damage, fatigue and corrosion

Full information on Aircraft certifying technician (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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