Aircraft Certifying Technician

Programme overview:

Aircraft certifying technicians work across the aviation sector, maintaining and certifying aircraft of all types, from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military.

As an aircraft certifying technician you’ll carry out approved processes to maintain and certify the airworthiness of aircraft. This includes troubleshooting, rectifying defects, modifications and scheduled maintenance activities. It involves highly skilled, complex and specialist work in maintaining aircraft systems according to Standard Operating Procedures, using relevant hand tools and equipment. You will be required to obtain an Aircraft Maintenance Licence of equivalent authorisation to carry out this role.

As an aircraft certifying engineer you’ll work in a hangar environment conducting base maintenance, and outside conducting line maintenance activities. In your daily work you’ll interact with flight crew, shift leaders, customers, colleagues and possibly the regulator. You’ll work both individually and as part of a larger team, including carrying out supervisory duties and oversight of work completed.

Key learning outcomes:

Specific specialist knowledge

  • Understanding mathematical techniques, algebraic expressions, formulae, calculation and physics to understand the theory of flight, aerodynamics and aviation maintenance processes
  • Understanding the structure, properties and characteristics of materials used in the construction, maintenance and repair of aircraft components, whole structures and sub-assemblies
  • Understanding the fundamentals of electrical, electronic, digital, analogue, aircraft systems and maintenance practices
  • Understanding appropriate bonding and assembly techniques, e.g. in composite assembly
  • Statutory military and/ or civil air legislation, quality and organisational requirements for aviation safety and occupational health and safety while carrying out aircraft maintenance techniques
  • Human factors and how they affect human performance and aircraft maintenance activities
  • Fundamentals of aircraft propulsion systems including auxiliary power units
  • Fundamentals of aircraft flight control systems including hydraulic systems
  • Fundamentals of aircraft auxiliary systems including undercarriage, doors, cabin interiors, pressurisation and air conditioning
  • Specialist test equipment used within aircraft maintenance
  • Fundamentals of methods of aircraft inspection techniques including the identification, control, repair and prevention of damage, fatigue and corrosion
  • Hazard and risk management systems to determine critical issues where safety incidents may occur for products and services including Safety Management Systems used within the aviation sector
  • Troubleshooting techniques and the use of test equipment and fault analysis tools
  • Fundamentals of aircraft power and / or electrical power generation systems

Specific Specialist Skills:

  • Reading, interpreting, explaining and suggesting improvements to engineering data; drawings, specifications, maintenance manuals, computer generated information and aircraft documentation
  • Safe selection and use of hand and mechanical tools and equipment while carrying out maintenance of aircraft
  • Complying with and ensuring others comply with statutory military and/ or civil air legislation, quality and organisational requirements for aviation safety and occupational health and safety while carrying out aircraft maintenance techniques
  • Using, analysing and interpreting the results obtained from test equipment, both mechanical and electronic, while carrying out aircraft maintenance activities
  • Undertaking, and where appropriate supervising, aircraft functional checks and fault diagnosis
  • Correct use of ground equipment required in the support of aircraft maintenance
  • Inspecting, repairing, removing and replacing aircraft major assemblies, components, sub-assemblies and systems.
  • Applying sealing and jointing techniques in a wide range of applications
  • Precisely drilling and finishing holes in aircraft assemblies
  • Communicating effectively within the working environment with a range of stakeholders at different levels
  • Supporting and encouraging the development of others
  • Identification, control, repair and prevention of damage, fatigue and corrosion

Qualifications and certification:

Mandatory qualifications for this programme are:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 4 EASA Part 66 B licence Modules
  • Level 4 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation (Development Competence)