Published on March 9th, 2023 | by Mark Dwyer


Dublin Aerospace Opens 2023 Apprenticeship Program

Dublin Aerospace has opened its applications for its Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeship. In partnership with SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland, Dublin Aerospace has also opened the applications for its inaugural Toolmaking Apprenticeship.

With a combination of Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeships for Aircraft Overhaul and Mechanical Automation in the Dublin Aerospace Hangars, along with the newly launched Toolmaking Apprenticeship for the Landing Gear, APU, and Component Workshop, applicants have until 17th April to submit their applications.

This year’s program will welcome 25 new apprentices to the growing Dublin Aerospace team. With a blended approach of classroom and hands-on experience, those who successfully complete the apprenticeship will be considered for full-time positions at Dublin Aerospace.

Commenting on the announcement, William Flaherty, CEO of Dublin Aerospace said: “We are delighted to be in a position where our apprenticeship program is highly sought-after by young men and women from all around Ireland. The combined approach of classroom and hands-on training is what makes this program such a success.

We are also very pleased to be expanding our current program with the introduction of our Toolmaking Apprenticeship. To date, we have welcomed over 150 apprenticeships through our doors, who have helped shape Dublin Aerospace’s culture as it stands today, playing a key part in our success. We look forward to welcoming this year’s apprentices to our great team here at Dublin Aerospace.”

Toolmaking Apprenticeship

The Dublin Aerospace Toolmaking Apprenticeship will have a key focus on the dismantling, overhauling and assembly of Landing Gear, Auxiliary Power Units (APU) and their components. The paid Toolmaking Apprenticeship program is carried out over a minimum of 4 years and consists of 7 phases — 3 Off-the-Job Phases with the Education & Training Boards (ETB)/ Solas / Institute of Technology (approx. 40 weeks in total), and 4 On-the-Job Phases with Dublin Aerospace. Successful completion is achieved when all the required theory and practical tests have been passed to the required standard set. After successful completion of this Apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft – Toolmaking from SOLAS.

Aircraft Engineer Apprenticeship

The Aircraft Engineer Apprenticeship Program is a four-year, paid apprenticeship during which the candidates spend a total of 75 weeks in Aviation College (Shannon and Dublin) and the remaining time in On-the-Job Training (OJT) in Dublin Aerospace’s facilities. After two years they will achieve EASA Category A Aircraft Mechanic and after four years the successful candidates are designated as EASA Category B Aircraft Engineers. There are two streams; Avionics and Airframe/Engine.

The apprentices will carry out maintenance and repair of aircraft parts/components while learning to use specialised equipment in a workshop environment. The work also involves plant and machinery installation. The work is diverse and highly regulated, both nationally and internationally.

Since its inception, Dublin Aerospace has expanded from a team of just 18 based in Dublin to a team of over 500 across Dublin, Ashbourne, Belfast, and Exeter. Dublin Aerospace is currently hiring for a number of positions across multiple departments, visit the careers page for further details – www.dublinaerospace/careers

For additional details on the apprenticeship, including the entry requirements please visit their 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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