In this video I list some of the options available to you if you aspire to be an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME). This is a follow up video to one I made last October – Aircraft Engineer Salary – Salaries for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGNlPuSahIg) – which received a lot of views and comments.
It was clear from the response to it that there is a need for clarification on this subject, so this video has been produced to answer more questions.
In a moment I will list the courses available in various countries around the globe but first let’s summarise what we mean by Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) or Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME).
Just as pilots and air traffic controllers need to be licenced in order to operate safely so too do aviation engineers or technicians.
The term engineer and technician mean the same thing in the aviation industry.
The technicians and engineers who service aircraft carry out crucial tasks that must be of the highest standards so it follows that they need to be trained by approved training organisations, and licensed by the national aviation authority in the country in which they operate.
Some of these licences are recognised globally by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) but there are regional variations too.
Here are some definitions of the licence types and their requirements.
These are specific to countries governed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) so check with your national civil aviation authority for any variations.
A Ramp or Line Maintenance Certifying Mechanic is someone with a Category A Licence obtained after a six month approved course and one year of certified experience.
This enables them to carry out minor maintenance tasks and part replacements on operational aircraft between major servicing, and to certify the work done.
Candidates can also study in their own time or choose a modular course, in which case they would need three years of certified experience in order to qualify.
Category A engineers can elect to specialise in these subjects:
A1 Fixed Wing Aircraft with Turbine Engines.
A2 Fixed Wing Aircraft with Piston Engines.
A3 Rotary Wing Helicopters with Turbine Engines.
A4 Rotary Wing Helicopters with Piston Engines.
To carry out more complex tasks, major overhauls and re-fits you need be a licenced Base Maintenance Certifying Technician.
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