Apprenticeship standard: Engineering Technician - Aircraft Maintenance Fitter

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standard: Engineering Technician - Aircraft Maintenance Fitter

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: APL3AM Duration: 3 Years Attendance: Apprenticeship Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 09/09/2024    


About the course

Aircraft Maintenance Fitters/Technicians work on maintaining aircraft of all types from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military. They are expected to carry out approved maintenance processes to maintain the airworthiness of the aircraft. It involves highly skilled, complex and specialist work, maintaining aircraft systems according to approved requirements and work instructions, using relevant hand tools and equipment. They must comply with civil and or military regulatory and organisational requirements. They must be able to research data sources, ensuring that on completion of a task all aircraft documentation is accurately filled in.

Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician is one on of the many pathways of the Engineering Technician Standard. You will be taught core knowledge, skills and behaviours for the general Engineering Technician as well as being taught specific knowledge, skills and behaviours regarding Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician.

What will I study?

After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development within a protected environment/or under close supervision in the workplace or area, all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications:

·         Level 2 Diploma Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)

·         Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development Competence)

·         Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Civil Aircraft Mechanical) approved by the CAA

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Your course

What modules are covered?

This apprenticeship will consist of core knowledge, skills and behaviours as well as specific knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Knowledge is taught within college for 3 years, you will attend College full-time for the first year and one day a week for the second and third year.

Skills are taught within the work place. You will need to generate a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate both core and specific skills. You will be allocated a work-based assessor to support you with this.

For core skills, you will need to demonstrate: 

  • obtaining, checking and using the appropriate documentation (such as job instructions, drawings, quality control documentation)
  • working safely at all times, complying with health, safety and environmental legislation, regulations and organisational requirements
    planning and where applicable obtaining all the resources required to undertake the work activity
  • undertaking the work activity using the correct processes, procedures and equipment
  • carrying out the required checks (such as quality, compliance or testing) using the correct procedures, processes and/or equipment
  • dealing promptly and effectively with engineering/manufacturing problems within the limits of their responsibility using approved diagnostic methods and techniques and report those which cannot be resolved to the appropriate personnel
  • completing any required documentation using the defined recording systems at the appropriate stages of the work activity
  • restoring the work area on completion of the activity and where applicable return any resources and consumables to the appropriate location

For specific skills, you will need to demonstrate:

  • read and interpret relevant data and documentation used to maintain aircraft components and systems
  • select and use the correct hand and mechanical tools and equipment while carrying out maintenance of aircraft
    apply human factors in aviation – attitudes and behaviours to ensure aviation safety
  • use mechanical and electrical measuring and or test equipment while carrying out aircraft maintenance activities
  • carry out aircraft functional checks and fault diagnosis e.g. electrical bonding and earthing; flight control rigging
  • use ground support equipment
  • Plus two further skills to be confirmed

You will be taught about expected behaviours for the industry and general employment.

End point assessment is the final stage of your apprenticeship and you must pass this to achieve your apprenticeship. It is the chance to show the skills, knowledge and behaviours you have gained throughout your apprenticeship.

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Your future

What Next?

Completion of the Apprenticeship is designed to be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech). In the case of the Military specific pathway in the Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician Standard, professional competence will be recognised by the Military Independent Assessment Authority (MIA).

The progression opportunities could include a further apprenticeship or part time course in either:

  • Higher Level Engineering
  • Degree in Engineering

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Individual employers will set the recruitment and selection criteria for their Apprenticeships. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically have 5 GCSEs at Grade C/5 or equivalent, including Mathematics, English and Physics.

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