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Apprenticeship training course

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.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
45 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
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 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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