Published on January 13th, 2019 | by Mark Dwyer


Dublin Aerospace Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Dublin Aerospace have launched their 2019 Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticeship program. Aircraft Mechanic’s inspect, maintain and repair airframe structures, engines, electrical and avionics systems. Therefore, both mechanical and electrical aptitudes are necessary. The aviation industry uses advanced technology, and with increasing reliance on computerised flight control and aircraft management systems, the understanding of electronic and computer equipment is an important part of an Aircraft Technician’s skill set. The work is diverse, disciplined and highly regulated, both nationally and internationally. After successful completion of this Apprenticeship the apprentice will receive a Level 6 Advanced Certificate from Solas and be eligible to apply for a Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence from the Irish Aviation Authority.

The Aircraft Apprenticeship program is a minimum of 4 years. It consists of 5 phases,

  • 3 On-the-Job Phases with Dublin Aerospace
  • 2 Off-the-Job Phases with the Education & Training Boards (ETB)/Solas/Institutes of Technology (approx. 75 weeks in total between Shannon, Co. Clare and Dublin)

Successful completion is achieved when all the required theory and practical tests have been passed in order to obtain an EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence in the designated category. Subjects include:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Physics
  3. Electrical Fundamentals
  4. Electronic Fundamentals
  5. Digital Techniques / Electronic Instrument Systems
  6. Materials and Hardware
  7. Maintenance Practices
  8. Basic Aerodynamics
  9. Human Factors
  10. Aviation Legislation
  11. Turbine Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems
  12. Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems
  13. Propulsion
  14. Gas Turbine Engine
  15. Propeller

For further information, please visit the Dublin Aerospace website.

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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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