Published on June 22nd, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Aer Lingus Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprentice Programme 2021

Aer Lingus has announced its 2021 Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprentice Programme. The programme is run in conjunction with SOLAS, Further Education & Training Authority in Ireland. Taking approximately four years to complete, this forward-looking programme helps Aer Lingus with access to talented and qualified engineers for future growth. The training for this programme will take place initially in Dublin followed by some time spent in Shannon in year one before returning to Dublin to complete the programme. Aer Lingus are currently targeting a start date of September 2021.

The application process follows five steps

  • Step 1. Apply on-line
  • Step 2. Complete On-Line Assessments & Video Interview
  • Step 3. Attend Interview via MS Teams
  • Step 4. Medical and Security Check
  • Step 5. Begin 4 Year Apprenticeship Training Programme commencing in September 2021

Candidates must be 18 years of age on the 1st September 2021

Candidates must have;

  • Completed the Leaving Certificate Examinations in or before 2021 OR
  • Have attained or be in the process of attaining other recognised educational equivalent OR
  • Successful completion of an approved  Pre-Apprenticeship course OR
  • Three years’ work experience gained over sixteen years of age in a relevant designated industrial activity as SOLAS shall deem acceptable

Candidates must be physically fit and able to pass a colour vision test and medical assessment

Candidates must be willing to attend training in Dublin and Shannon and relocate as necessary for this training

Candidates must be fluent in English both written and spoken

Candidates must be eligible to live and work in the EU

Candidates must hold or be eligible for a current unrestricted worldwide passport

Provide 2 verifiable references

Candidates must be able to pass a strict airport security vetting procedure which includes a 5 year background check**

Possess and be able to demonstrate the key competencies and skills outlined below:

Educational Requirements:

Candidates must also have attained the following minimum educational qualifications to be considered. Candidates will be asked for results transcripts at a later stage in the process.

Grade O5 or higher at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate* (or equivalent) in the following subjects: English (ii) Mathematics (iii) Science* (iv) Any two other subjects Grade H6 or higher on Higher Level papers is acceptable

*If you have not attained the required grade in Science, the following is acceptable:

Junior Certificate – Technology, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood) or Metal Work (Materials and Technology).


Grade O6/D or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects: (i) English, (ii) Mathematics, (III) Science* (iv) Any two other subjects.

*Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics and Chemistry, Applied Mathematics

If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level: Construction Studies, Design and Communication, Graphics, Engineering and Technology

 Key Competencies/Skills:

  • Demonstrate a strong technical and mechanical interest
  • A high level of enthusiasm and commitment to the programme for its 4 year duration
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbally
  • Proven ability to work on your own initiative while contributing effectively as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain positive professional relationships

 The closing date for application is 27th June 2021, further details are available here.

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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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