Published on July 15th, 2017 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Corps Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician Competition 2017

The Air Corps is now accepting applications for the Trainee Military Aircraft Technician scheme. Successful candidates will become an integral part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the Air Corps fleet, and will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Military Aviation Technology Level 7 (Tech), accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Air Corps weapons, equipment and aircraft. The Air Corps is looking for young, enthusiastic and technically minded individuals who are looking for the opportunity not just to learn a new trade but also practice it in challenging situations. Trainee Technicians undergo their academic training at the Technical Training School, located in Casement Aerodrome, the home of the Air Corps.

Aircraft Technician the Air Corps

On successful completion of a four month basic military training course, the trainee technician will commence their academic studies. The Level 7 Degree course consists of a three year programme, two semesters per year. Trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, power plant and avionics. The programme will consist of;

  • Lectures
  • Practical lessons
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Work placement
  • Dissertation
  • Course administration
  • Examinations/tests

The subjects covered are;

  • Health & Safety
  • Information Technology (ECDL/CAD/AMMS)
  • Mathematics for Technology
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Thermo fluids
  • Physics for Technology
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • Materials, Hardware & Maintenance Practices
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aerodynamics Structures & Systems — Fixed/Rotor Wing
  • Avionic Systems
  • Power plant
  • Aviation Legislation Civil/ Military
  • Human Factors
  • Maintenance Procedures
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Ramp Operations
  • Propellers

Age Restrictions

Applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 21 years of age on the date of close of applications. In the case of Serving Permanent Defence Forces personnel, applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 23 years of age on the date of close of applications.


Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Air Corps. At the time of entry in to the Air Corps (not application), a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent. The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at ordinary level, including Mathematics and English or Irish and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Construction studies, or national equivalent qualifications. Foundation Level and Leaving Cert Applied subjects are not reckonable.

A successful candidate is expected to have CAO points equivalent to the requirements of DT 011, which is the civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute — DIT. In 2014 the CAO points required were 340.


The Aircraft Trainee Technician Programme is approximately 4 years in duration. The initial four months is spent in military training learning the basics of soldiering. Thereafter the degree programme is delivered in the Technical Training School. A further three months of military training completes the programme.

The closing date for this competition 23.59Hrs on August 10th, 2017. Click Here to apply.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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