Maintaining and certifying a range of civil and military aircraft - from small aeroplanes and passenger airliners to jet fighters and helicopters.
The following Standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be competent in the job role.
An Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer works on maintaining and certifying aircraft of all types from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military. They should have a comprehensive knowledge of aircraft systems, carry out approved maintenance processes to maintain and certify the airworthiness of the aircraft. It involves highly skilled, complex and specialist work, maintaining aircraft systems according to approved data 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 completed and certified. They must work both individually and as part of a larger team, including carrying out supervisory duties and oversight of work completed. They will demonstrate their ability to identify and resolve problems using the approved data, processes and understand the limits of their authority/approval. They will understand how and why Standard Operating Procedures are produced for maintaining aircraft and the importance of using them. An Aircraft Maintenance Licence will be required to carry out this role.
There are different civil and or military requirements which need a range of options depending upon the employer context.
Several options are available through the Apprenticeship depending on the context of the employer’s business, whether in civi l or military aviation, rotary or fixed wing aircraft, line or base maintenance. All routes have core knowledge requirements b ut practical skills options are likely to differ but are of comparable weighting. Full details of the requirements including core and options, minimum requirements and rules of combination are contained in the Employer Occupational Brief (EOB) within the Assessment Strategy.
Employer Selected Options:
Modern maintenance organisations require their employees to have a set of behaviours that will ensure success both in their role and in the overall company objectives. The required behaviours are:
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeship. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically possess four GCSEs B grade (or equivalent) or above on entry including English, Maths and a Science. Apprentices without Level
2 Maths and English must achieve this prior to taking the end – point assessment.
Typically 48 months, timescales may reduce if an apprentice has prior relevant qualifications/experience.
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 qualification (working title - currently in development)
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualifications/certification (working titles - currently in development)
All of the qualification/certification requirements in the foundation and development phases are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their business requirements. Further detail can be found in the Employer Occupational Brief which is an annex to the Assessment Plan.
There will be an assessment at the end of the development phase where the apprentice will need to demonstrate full competence against the qualification outcomes for knowledge, skills and behaviours, set out in the Standard and Employer Occupational Brief. On successful completion of the employer endorsement phase (sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate.
Knowledge and vocational qualifications that meet national and/or regulatory requirements will be included on the Certificate.
This apprenticeship will be recognised by relevant Professional Engineering Institutions at the appropriate level of professional registration (EngTech). The apprentice will also have made a successful application for an EASA Part 66 category B Licence
This Apprenticeship Standard is at Level 4 (equivalent to Higher National Diploma) and will be reviewed after three years to ensure it continues to meet employers’ requirements and provides the basis for progression to higher qualifications and or jo b roles.
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