As an aircraft mechanic you will be employed throughout the aviation industry in a wide range of facilities designed to maintain light, rotary and large commercial aircraft. Your job will be to inspect, maintain and repair airframe structures, engines, electronic and avionic systems.
The aviation industry uses advanced technology on new aircraft, which means that the use of electronic and computer equipment is an important aspect of an aircraft mechanic’s skills. Our Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticeship will be located in our Base Maintenance facility at Dublin Airport.
PERSONAL QUALITIES REQUIRED TO BE AN AIRCRAFT MECHANIC APPRENTICE
Enjoy working with your hands
Enjoy being physically active on your feet
Enjoy being part of a Team
Enjoy learning how machines function
Enjoy learning new knowledge and craft related skills.
Taking responsibility for your own learning, including the allocation of study time.
By the end of your training, you will be able to:
Use maths and physics to solve technical and scientific problems
Install and repair aircraft components
Understand the scientific uses and properties of materials
Interpret technical drawings and diagrams
Control and adjust aviation equipment
Inspect and test aviation systems and fault diagnosis
Perform routine maintenance and repairs.
DURATION AND STRUCTURE OF APPRENTICESHIP
The Aircraft Mechanic Apprenticeship program is a minimum of 4 years.
It consists of 7 phases:
3 Off-the-Job Phases with the Education & Training Boards (ETB)/ Solas/Institute of Technology (approx. 40 weeks in total)
4 On-the-Job Phases with Dublin Aerospace
Successful completion is achieved when all the required theory and practical tests have been passed to the required standard set by Solas.
HOW DO I BECOME AN APPRENTICE?
To become an apprentice in Ireland you must be hired by an employer. Apprenticeship employers are formally approved by SOLAS in advance of employing apprentices. Apprentices get a formal contract of employment as part of their apprenticeship.
Please note: To become an aircraft mechanic apprentice you must pass the Ishihara Colour Vision Test (24 Plate Edition). For further information, contact your local Education and Training Board.
DO I PAY ANYTHING?
Apprentices complete two of their three phases of off-the-job training in a higher education institution. A student contribution must be paid for this part of the training.
The amount of the student contribution is a proportion of the annual student contribution paid by students who are attending a full-time course in higher education. The student contribution is paid directly to the higher education institution.
The student contribution for this apprenticeship is €1,000 for Phase 4 and €1,000 for Phase 6 – this is paid by the employer.
NEXT STEP IN RECRUITMENT PROCESS?Candidates who successfully qualify in the Aptitude & Manual Dexterity Tests, will be sent an invite to interview.
Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level or Grade D or higher at Higher Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:
If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher in any one of the following subjects is acceptable: Technology, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Woodwork) or Metalwork.
*Practical subjects such as Woodwork, Technical Graphics, Design, Metalwork, Construction or Home Economics.
Grade D or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects: