Aircraft Technician Apprenticeship
About the Programme
The Dublin Aerospace Aircraft Technician apprenticeship is a structured four-year training programme that allows the successful candidates to work in a diverse, disciplined and highly regulated environment while training to become a fully qualified aircraft technician. The apprenticeship is a mixture of on-the-job, practical experience phases based at Dublin Aerospace’s maintenance facility at Dublin Airport and off-the-job, mostly theoretical phases, run by Solas in conjunction with Shannon Aviation Maintenance School and Technological University Dublin.
- 18 years of age upon commencement of apprenticeship
- Junior Certificate and/or Leaving Certificate (info on grades on www.dublin.aero)
- Permitted to live in Ireland without restriction
- Full security and background check
- Colour vision and medical assessment
Structure/Content of the Programme
The programme is structured over four years and is divided into on-the-job (4) and off-the-job (3) phases. The on-the-job phases are conducted at Dublin Aerospace’s maintenance facility located at Hangar 5 in Dublin Airport. Off-the-job phases are completed in accordance with SOLAS. The first two years of the programme are aimed at obtaining an EASA CAT A aircraft mechanic license. The off-the-job phase is usually completed at Shannon Aviation Maintenance School in Shannon, Co. Clare. The remaining two years are aimed at obtaining either a CAT B1 (mechanical) or B2 (avionics) license, and the off-the-job phases are completed at Technological University Dublin, Bolton Street campus.
Benefits of the Programme
Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the candidates will be awarded;
- QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Aircraft Mechanics.
- EASA Part66 CAT A & B Aircraft Mechanic Licenses.
The EASA licenses are recognised in all member states throughout the EU. Not does the license qualifiy one as an aircraft engineer, but they also open many doors in the aviation industry, which helps significantly for future career progression if desired.
Candidates are paid an incremental training allowance over the four years of the programme. The employer, Dublin Aerospace, pay during the on-the-job phases and SOLAS pay during the off-the-job phases.
More information regarding the allowances can be found on www.apprenticeship.ie