Carrying out maintenance and ground handling of a range of military and civil aircraft within a military environment, including helicopters and jet fighters
The following Standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be competent in the job role.
Aviation Maintenance Mechanics carry out Flight-Line maintenance and ground handling of a wide range of military aircraft and civil aircraft operated in the military environment, from small aeroplanes to passenger airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, maintained by the military or by approved organisations on their behalf. They are expected to carry out approved scheduled maintenance processes and defect rectification within the limits of their authority, to maintain the airworthiness of the aircraft. It involves specialist work, maintaining aircraft serviceability according to approved requirements and work instructions, using relevant hand tools and equipment. They must comply with civil and or military regulatory and organisational requirements. They will demonstrate their ability to identify defects and problems using the appropriate processes and understand the limits of their authority/approval. They will understand why Standard Operating Procedures are produced for maintaining aircraft and the importance of using them. The Maintenance Mechanic will also assist Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technicians to carry out specialist work, maintaining aircraft systems according to approved requirements and work instructions. The Maintenance Mechanic will recognise and be able to work safely within the airworthiness environment.
There are different organisational (military) requirements which need a range of options depending upon the employer context.
Options are available through the Apprenticeship depending on the context of the employer’s business, whether in civil or military aviation, rotary or fixed wing aircraft, in workshop, line or base maintenance. All routes have core knowledge requirements but 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 organisational objectives. The required behaviours are:
Individual employers will set the criteria. Employers who recruit candidates without English or Maths at Level 1 or equivalent must ensure that the candidate achieves this requirement and takes the test for Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Typically 18 months, timescales may reduce if an apprentice has prior relevant qualifications/experience.
After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following technical knowledge qualification and four mandatory competency qualification units will be completed in a protected environment
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualification (working title - currently in development)
All of the qualification requirements specified in the foundation phase and development phase 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.
Where the Apprenticeship is undertaken in a military context, completion will be recognised by the Training Requirements
Authority (TRA) at the appropriate level of professional competence.
This Apprenticeship Standard is at Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs at A*-C) 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 job roles.
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