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What is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers job?

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME)  handles aircraft repairs, performs regular inspections and carry out maintenance works in accordance with the regulations. While some of the maintenance works are scheduled inspections and checks, engineers also have to carry out unexpected technical faults that occur daily during day to day operations and ensure the aircraft is back in service without causing major delays in flight operations.  Often times it can be challenging as flight operations gets very busy and engineers have limited time to fix technical faults without causing delay in flight operations and times aircraft get grounded out side of base and this requires engineers to pack their gear and fly to the airport where the aircraft is grounded. 

When can you earn your engineers license?

The minimum age to hold a MCAR-66 license in the Maldives is 18 years old. In order to certify you must be minimum 21 years old. 

What are the entry requirements required to become an AME?

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer course  would require successful completion of O level with importance to subjects like English, Mathematics and Science. The requirements would vary from different institutions and the course that you have chosen.  

As an example; the aircraft maintenance course in Sri Lankan Technical Training Center requires successful completion of GCE (O/L) with 6 passes with 4 credits or an equivalent qualification including passes for Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology etc.) & Mathematics. And a credit pass for English and a score of 5 or more for all categories in the IELTS exam. (IELTS requirement will be waived off for the students who have followed G C E O/L in English medium.)

OR

Successful completion of Foundation Course in Aircraft Maintenance conducted by SLAC. This foundation course requires successful completion of GCE O/L with 6 passes.

Sri Lankan Technical Training Center in Sri Lanka and Air Transport Training College Pte Ltd in Singapore are two training centers that are approved by Maldives Civil Aviation Authority as MCAR-147 Training Schools.

is attaining a degree essential?

In order to become an aircraft engineer whether you have a degree or not you will be required to get engineering licenses to work on the aircraft. If you plan to further build your engineering career and expand in further in the field of engineering it will be beneficial having a degree as you'll would learn more about physics, aeronautics structural analysis and more as you study for your engineering degree.

What are the categories of engineering licenses?

An individual may hold a combination of licence categories. The categories within the aircraft maintenance licence are:

Category A:   Maintenance Certifying Mechanic

Category B1: Maintenance Certifying Technician (Mechanical)

Category B2: Maintenance Certifying Technician (Avionic)

Category C:   Base Maintenance Certifying Engineer

A category A certifying licence permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following minor scheduled line maintenance and simple defect rectification within the limits of tasks specifically endorsed on the authorisation. The certification privileges are restricted to work that the authorisation holder has personally performed in a MCAR-145 organisation. Category A Category A is further divided into sub categories as follows:

A1 Aeroplanes Turbine

A2 Aeroplanes Piston

A3 Helicopters Turbine

A4 Helicopters Piston

A category B1 certifying staff authorization permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following maintenance, including aircraft structure, power plants and mechanical and electrical systems. Authorization to replace avionic line replaceable units requiring simple tests to prove their serviceability is also permitted. Note: Compass compensation and adjustment certification privileges are contained within a Category B1 AML.

A category B2 certifying staff authorization permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following maintenance on avionic and electrical systems. Category B2 certifying staff can qualify for any A sub category subject to compliance with the appropriate A sub category requirements. Note: Compass compensation and adjustment certification privileges are contained within a Category B2 AML.

 

The sub categories for Category B Line Maintenance Certifying Technician/Base Maintenance Technician are:

B1.1 Aeroplanes Turbine

B1.2 Aeroplanes Piston

B1.3 Helicopters Turbine

B1.4 Helicopters Piston

B2 Avionics 

 

The wider privileges of the Category B licence and the role of the Technician in defect diagnosis and rectification and system inspection require a more detailed knowledge than that for Category A. This requires a longer period of experience and examination at a higher level than for Category A. For further information on Category B1 please refer to Section D. For further information on Category B2 please refer to Section E. A5.3 Category C The requirements for Category C can be achieved via two routes: a graduate with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering recognised by the CAD, or a similar discipline that is considered relevant to aircraft maintenance and that has been accepted for this purpose by the CAD, or a B1 or B2 licence hold

 

The requirements for Category C can be achieved via two routes: a graduate with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering recognized by the CAD, or a similar discipline that is considered relevant to aircraft maintenance and that has been accepted for this purpose by the CAD, or a B1 or B2 licence holder with a prescribed period of certifying experience.

A category C certifying staff authorization permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following base maintenance. The authorization is valid for the aircraft, in its entirety, including all systems.

What is a type rating?

Become an Aircraft Engineer

Guidance for students wanting to become aircraft engineers.

What is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers job?

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME)  handles aircraft repairs, performs regular inspections and carry out maintenance works in accordance with the regulations. While some of the maintenance works are scheduled inspections and checks, engineers also have to carry out unexpected technical faults that occur daily during day to day operations and ensure the aircraft is back in service without causing major delays in flight operations.  Often times it can be challenging as flight operations gets very busy and engineers have limited time to fix technical faults without causing delay in flight operations and at times aircraft get grounded out side of base and this requires engineers to pack their gear and fly to the airport where the aircraft is grounded. 

When can you earn your engineers license?

The minimum age to hold a MCAR-66 license in the Maldives is 18 years old. In order to certify you must be minimum 21 years old. 

What are the entry requirements required to become an AME?

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer course  would require successful completion of O level with importance to subjects like English, Mathematics and Science. The requirements would vary from different institutions and the course that you have chosen.  

As an example; the aircraft maintenance course in Sri Lankan Technical Training Center requires successful completion of GCE (O/L) with 6 passes with 4 credits or an equivalent qualification including passes for Science (Chemistry, Physics, Biology etc.) & Mathematics. And a credit pass for English and a score of 5 or more for all categories in the IELTS exam. (IELTS requirement will be waived off for the students who have followed G C E O/L in English medium.)

OR

Successful completion of Foundation Course in Aircraft Maintenance conducted by SLAC. This foundation course requires successful completion of GCE O/L with 6 passes.

Sri Lankan Technical Training Center in Sri Lanka and Air Transport Training College Pte Ltd in Singapore are two training centers that are approved by Maldives Civil Aviation Authority as MCAR-147 Training Schools.

Is attaining a degree essential?

As an engineer whether you have a degree or not you will be required to get engineering licenses to work on the aircraft. If you plan to further build your engineering career and expand further in the field of engineering it will be beneficial having a degree as you would learn more about physics, aeronautics structural analysis and more as you study for your engineering degree.

What are the categories of engineering licenses?

An individual may hold a combination of licence categories. The categories within the aircraft maintenance licence are:

Category A:   Maintenance Certifying Mechanic

Category B1: Maintenance Certifying Technician (Mechanical)

Category B2: Maintenance Certifying Technician (Avionic)

Category C:   Base Maintenance Certifying Engineer

A category A certifying licence permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following minor scheduled line maintenance and simple defect rectification within the limits of tasks specifically endorsed on the authorization. The certification privileges are restricted to work that the authorization holder has personally performed in a MCAR-145 organisation. Category A is further divided into sub categories as follows:

A1 Aeroplanes Turbine

A2 Aeroplanes Piston

A3 Helicopters Turbine

A4 Helicopters Piston

A category B1 certifying staff authorization permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following maintenance, including aircraft structure, power plants and mechanical and electrical systems. Authorization to replace avionic line replaceable units requiring simple tests to prove their serviceability is also permitted. Note: Compass compensation and adjustment certification privileges are contained within a Category B1 AML.

 

The sub categories for Category B Line Maintenance Certifying Technician/Base Maintenance Technician are:

B1.1 Aeroplanes Turbine

B1.2 Aeroplanes Piston

B1.3 Helicopters Turbine

B1.4 Helicopters Piston

B2 Avionics 

A category C certifying staff authorization permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following base maintenance. The authorization is valid for the aircraft, in its entirety, including all systems. The requirements for Category C can be achieved via two routes: a graduate with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering recognized by the CAD, or a similar discipline that is considered relevant to aircraft maintenance and that has been accepted for this purpose by the CAD, or a B1 or B2 licence holder with a prescribed period of certifying experience.

What is a type rating?

A type rating certification allows the engineer to carry out maintenance works on a specific aircraft. Engineers will attend type rating courses where they learn the comprehensive knowledge of the systems and learn the skills required to work on a specific kind of aircraft. 

What are the medical requirements?

In order to work as an aircraft engineer in the Maldives you are required to hold a Class 1 medical license. Generally in medical licenses check they would be conducting an eye test ( sight tests, color vision tests ), Hearing tests, Electrocardiogram tests (to check the functioning of your heart muscle.), blood tests, urine tests, and general physique. 

If you have a condition that you may think that may affect your medical license you can get advise from an aviation medical doctor active in hospitals and clinics in Maldives. Aviation medical doctors are present in Male' and in Addu. 

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