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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Summary

As critical pillars of the aviation sector, aircraft maintenance engineers are responsible for the maintenance, control and repair of specialized aircraft instrumentation and parts. The maintenance of modern sophisticated aircrafts calls for high degree of technical knowledge, proficiency, dexterity and integrity on part of the concerned personnel. They play a critical role towards keeping the aircrafts in flying condition and to ensure 100% flight safety. Aircraft engineers research, design, manufacture and maintain aircraft. With the fast-paced growth in the aviation sector, aircraft maintenance engineers are in high demand.

Career Opportunities as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

  • Major or Regional Airlines
    All the leading commercial domestic & international regularly hire aircraft maintenance engineers to ensure maintenance and safety of their aircrafts.
  • Airport Authorities
    Airport authorities recruit aircraft maintenance engineers to ensure flight maintenance and safety.
  • Aircraft Manufacturing Firms
    Aircraft maintenance engineers are also hired by aircraft manufacturing firms where they work in research, design and manufacture of aircrafts.

How to Become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in Science Stream - Physics & Mathematics (Recommended)Get an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering License - 3 years (DGCA Approved)--
Path 2
Clear Class XII in Science StreamPursue B.Sc. (in any discipline) for 3 yearsPursue AME Training Courses-
Path 3
Clear Class XII in Science StreamPursue B.Tech. in Aeronautical Engineer for 4 years--

Important Facts

  • Every institute has their respective specifications concerning physical fitness, and eyesight specifically
  • This is not a regular degree, but a specialized licensing program
  • On completion of training a Basic Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Certificate (BAMEC) is provided by the DGCA which will makes one eligible for a job in the aviation industry
  • BAMEC is issued in multiple categories such as LA (Light Airplane), HA (Heavy Airplane), JE (Jet Engines), IS (Instrument System), RN (Radio Navigation System), ES (Electrical System)
  • Post completion of the BAMEC, one can get the AME (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License) issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
  • Physics and Mathematics are necessary subjects in Class XII
  • Non- Science students can apply to National Institute of Open School to meet the requirements
  • Student has to clear Color Blindness Test

Leading Institutes

Top Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Institutes in India
College Location Website
Fly Tech Aviation Academy Hyderabad www.flytechaviation.aero
Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy Secundarabad www.rgaviation.com
School of Aeronautics New Delhi www.soapalam.org
School of Aviation Science and Technology New Delhi www.delhiflyingclub.org/about-sast.html
Indian Institute of Aircraft Engineering New Delhi www.iiae.in
Indraprasth Institute of Aeronautics Gurgaon www.iiagurgaon.com
Indian Institute of Aeronautics New Delhi/Patna www.iiagroup.co.in
Hindustan Aviation Academy Bangalore www.hindustanacademy.edu.in
Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology Chennai www.hiet.in
Nehru College of Aeronautics and Applied Sciences Coimbatore www.nehrucolleges.org.in
Visveswarya Institute of Aviation Kottayam www.visveswaraya.org/main/AME/aircraftmaintenanceeng.asp
Western India Institute of Aeronautics Ahmedabad www.wiia.org
Institute of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Aurangabad www.iameaurangabad.com
Top Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of South Wales United Kingdom www.southwales.ac.uk
University of Southern Queensland Australia www.usq.edu.au
Centennial College Canada www.centennialcollege.ca
City of Bristol College United Kingdom www.cityofbristol.ac.uk
Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics United States (Multiple Locations) www.pia.edu
Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology United States www.vaughn.edu
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach United States www.erau.edu

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Indraprasth Institute of Aeronautics Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Entrance Examination (AMEEE) April/May Physics Chemistry Mathematics General Knowledge www.iiagurgaon.com
Indian Institute of Aircraft Engineering IIAE Entrance Exam April/May Physics Chemistry Mathematics General Knowledge Mental Ability www.iiae.in
Hindustan Aviation Academy April - Sep NA www.hindustanacademy.edu.in/site/faq
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
School of Aviation Science and Technology Anytime of the year Interview -

Work Description

  • Examining aircraft design and parts for detriments
  • Refurbish or supplant flawed parts
  • Examine the security and legal necessities of the aircraft
  • Perform regular service of aircraft at regular intervals
  • Work according to the engineering designs and plans
  • Maintain accounts of refurbishing and sustenance work done
  • Performing testing using relevant apparatus, gauges and electrical devices
  • Going through the aircraft's technical records to check if there is any complaint, about the working of the aircraft, by pilots or air-crew.
  • Staying abreast with latest technologies and refurbishing methods in the field

Pros & Cons of a Career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Pros
  • Perks and rewarding salary during peak time
  • Challenging Job and exciting opportunities
  • High demand in future
Cons
  • High amount of labour required
  • Low pay in initial stages
  • Can be a stressful job and perfection is must
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