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New Aircraft Trainee Technician competition early 2017

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New Aircraft Trainee Technician competition early 2017

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 

New Aircraft Trainee Technician competition early 2017


The Defence Forces will launch a new Air Craft Trainee Technician competition in early 2017.

If you are sitting your Leaving Cert in 2017 you can still apply. Below are some requirements for applicant’s wishing to apply:

Important Note: As soon as more information is available regarding launch dates we will post it on our website  and our facebook page  straight away.

Who we want

Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Air Corps weapons, equipment and aircraft. The Air Corps is looking for young, enthusiastic and technically minded individuals who are looking for the opportunity not just to learn a new trade but also practice it in challenging situations. Trainee Technicians undergo their academic training at the Technical Training School, located in Casement Aerodrome, the home of the Air Corps.

Aircraft Technician in the Air Corps

On successful completion of a four (4) month basic military training course, the trainee technician will commence their academic studies. The Level 7 Degree course consists of a three (3) year programme, two (2) semesters per year. Trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, power plant and avionics.


Age Restrictions

Applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 21 years of age on the date of close of applications.


Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Air Corps. At the time of entry in to the Air Corps (not application), a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent. The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at ordinary level, including Mathematics and English or Irish and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Construction studies, or national equivalent qualifications. Foundation Level and Leaving Cert Applied subjects are not reckonable. A successful candidate is expected to have CAO points equivalent to the requirements of DT 011, which is the civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute — DIT.


The Aircraft Trainee Technician Programme is approximately 4 years (4) years in duration. The initial four (4) months is spent in military training learning the basics of soldiering. Thereafter the degree programme is delivered in the Technical Training School. A further three (3) months of military training completes the programme. The accrediting Academic Institute is the Dublin Institute of Technology

Career Progression

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Potential Candidates are required to complete an online application form through the Defence Forces website dates for the competition are advertised in the National Press and on our website with applications only being accepted on these dates.

Fitness Testing

All candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will then be invited to attend a Fitness Testing centre, where they will be required to complete the Defence Forces induction fitness test.

Psychometric Testing

All candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria will then be invited to attend a Psychometric Testing centre, where they will be required to complete the following test:

• Mechanical Comprehension

• Diagrammatical Reasoning

• Numerical Estimation

• Comprehending Instructions


Candidates who are successful at the Fitness & Psychometric Assessment Centres will be asked to attend for Interview. The interview is competency based where Candidates will be assessed under the following competencies:

• Ability to work under pressure

• Teamwork

• Technical Aptitude

• Personal Motivation

• Military Career Orientation

Medical & Security Clearance

The top scoring at the Interview will then be called to attend a full medical examination. In conjunction with this all candidates will be security vetted by An Garda Siochana. Candidates will be required to pass both the medical examination and security vetting to be considered for induction.


Particulars of Training

The syllabus of training under the scheme consists of military training, physical training and technical training.

Military Training

A candidate on entering the Defence Forces will undergo at least 4 months of military training prior to the commencement of his/her technical training. All training is organised and conducted in a strict, uniform and disciplined manner.

The military syllabus is designed to develop character, morale and discipline and to instill into him/her a keenness for soldiering. This is achieved through interaction between various military skills and disciplines and the military way of life. The syllabus includes foot drill, arms drill, rifle marksmanship, map reading, tactical training, and other basic military skills. Much attention is also given to the physical development of the trainee, through both physical and adventure training.

Technical Training

Technical training is provided under a syllabus of training developed in conjunction with the Air Corps accrediting Academic Institute which is the Dublin Institute of Technology. In addition, trainees may, at any time, be assigned to further technical training courses in military or civilian establishments in Ireland or abroad.

Physical Training

All Apprentices are encouraged to participate in sport. The principal team sports are hurling, Gaelic football, soccer, rugby, volleyball and basketball. Athletics, orienteering, and various other sports and recreation can also be pursued.