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Aircraft Technician Apprenticeships with Dublin Aerospace

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Aircraft Technician Apprenticeships with Dublin Aerospace

Monday, May 16, 2016 

Aircraft Technician Apprenticeships with Dublin Aerospace

Dublin Aerospace are now recruiting for Aircraft Technician Apprentices. Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday the 10th of June 2016


Aircraft Technicians inspect, maintain and repair airframe structures, engines, electrical and avionic 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.

Application Requirements

Candidates must:

  • Be over 16 years of age on the 1st September 2016;
  • Be permitted to live in Ireland without restriction;
  • Be able to pass a full security and background check – This includes Garda Vetting;
  • Be able to pass a colour vision and medical assessment.

Educational Qualifications

Candidates must have obtained the following minimum educational qualifications:

Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level)

Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level (or Grade D or higher at Higher Level) in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science *
  • Any other 2 subjects

* If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher in any one of the following subjects is acceptable: Technology, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood) or Metalwork.


Leaving Certificate

Grade D or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects: 

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science Subject *
  • Any other 2 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, Technical Drawing and Technology

Personal Qualities and Skills

You must have a desire to work with your hands, a keen interest in the aviation industry and a positive attitude to studying and work. You must also have strong practical skills. The ability to understand technical information and diagrams is important. In aviation, records are important and you will have to complete reports on all work carried out. As well as sound technical knowledge, you must have a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work accurately. You must also be able to follow written instructions and record actions taken. Good teamwork is a key quality.

Central Aspects:

  • Like working with your hands
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding and using Physics
  • Learning how an aircraft and its systems work
  • Understanding Instructional manuals including technical drawings and diagrams
  • Learning new knowledge and craft skills leading to competency

Secondary Aspects:

  • Practical skills and theoretical knowledge
  • Being responsible for controlling or adjusting equipment
  • Working with electrical and electronic equipment
  • Repairing items

Other Aspects:

  • Understanding the scientific uses and properties of materials
  • Being physically active on your feet
  • Keeping accurate records or reports
  • Accuracy and attention to detail in all aspects of work
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning, including the allocation of study time

Duration and Structure of Apprenticeship

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)

For more information on the Structure & costs of the Aircraft Technician Apprenticeship, please click here.

Successful completion is achieved when all the required theory and practical tests have been passed in order to obtain an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence in the designated category.

The theory subjects are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Electronic Fundamentals
  • Digital Techniques / Electronic Instrument Systems
  • Materials and Hardware.
  • Maintenance Practices.
  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Human Factors.
  • Aviation Legislation.
  • Turbine Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems.
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems
  • Propulsion
  • Gas Turbine Engine.
  • Propeller

The licence requirements including syllabi are contained in the consolidated version of Commission Regulation (EU) No 1321/2014. Annex III Part-66. To view the syllabi for the above subjects please refer to pages 100-152 by clicking here.

Application Process:

Before you submit your application please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Please ensure that your email address is valid as this will be the primary method of communication.
  • An initial screening process will take place focusing on the applicants grammar, academic qualifications, hobbies and work experience.
  • Candidates who pass the initial screening stage of the Recruitment process will be required to attend testing/interviews during the months of July and August. There may not be alternative dates available, please bear this in mind when applying.
  • You will need to upload your CV and an official copy of your Junior/Leaving Certificate results.

Your CV should contain the following information:

  • Names, addresses and dates of schools attended,
  • Previous work history (paid or voluntary),
  • Any hobbies, involvement in clubs/organisations etc.,
  • Names and contact details of at least 2 referees.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday the 10th of June 2016

Full details and application form - click here for Dublin Aerospace

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