Apprenticeships 2017

Level 2 Semi Skilled Fitter, Electrical/Avionic and Mechanical

This is a new apprenticeship where the apprentice will study for a Level 2 Framework apprenticeship and become a  – Semi Skilled Fitter Electrical/Avionic or a Semi skilled Fitter Mechanical

Level 3 Aircraft Maintenance Fitter (Airframe/Engine) Apprentice

The role of an Aircraft Maintenance Fitter (Airframe/Engine) is to carry out maintenance, modifications and repairs to aircraft structures, mechanical systems, and propulsive systems, in accordance with controlled documentation and technical data. This role requires the individual to maintain a high standard of quality, airworthiness and flight safety to meet demanding regulation and company procedures. The individual will support the Certifying Engineers, and assist in improving business processes.

Once the apprenticeship has been completed, qualified airframe/engine fitters are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the use of materials, theory of flight, aircraft systems, aviation maintenance processes and regulation, and understand how to apply their knowledge.
  • Read and interpret approved engineering data (manuals, technical drawings, technical data, and aircraft documentation).
  • Perform tasks on (but not limited to) airframe structure, fuel, hydraulic, pneumatic, air conditioning, flight control, landing gear, emergency escape and propulsive systems.
  • Perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and servicing, carry out service bulletins and technical instructions, replace aircraft components, test aircraft components and systems, and carry out structural repairs.
  • Perform aircraft modifications, both minor and major, to aircraft structure, systems and interiors.
  • Perform on aircraft fault diagnosis using suitable testing methods and equipment.
  • Support the Certifying Engineers and business in reducing AOG time (Aircraft On Ground) and maintaining airworthiness standards.
  • Assist with aircraft ground movements, engine ground runs, operation of ground equipment, flight servicing, aircraft acceptance and delivery, maintaining accurate records.

 

Level 3 Aircraft Maintenance Fitter (Electrical/Avionics) Apprentice

The role of an Aircraft Maintenance Fitter (Electrical/Avionics) is to carry out maintenance, modifications and repairs to the aircraft electrical wiring interconnect system, electrical systems, and avionics systems, in accordance with controlled documentation and technical data. This role requires the individual to maintain a high standard of quality, airworthiness and flight safety to meet demanding regulation and company procedures. The individual will support the Certifying Engineers, and assist in improving business processes.

Once the apprenticeship has been completed, qualified electrical/avionic fitters are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the use of materials, theory of flight, aircraft systems, aviation maintenance processes and regulation, and understand how to apply their knowledge.
  • Read and interpret approved engineering data (manuals, technical drawings, technical data, and aircraft documentation).
  • Perform tasks on (but not limited to) aircraft wiring, autopilot, communication, electrical, navigation, instrumentation, radar, data recording/display and engine indicating systems.
  • Perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and servicing, carry out service bulletins and technical instructions, replace aircraft components, test aircraft components and systems, and carry out wiring repairs.
  • Perform aircraft modifications, both minor and major, to aircraft wiring and systems.
  • Perform on aircraft fault diagnosis using suitable testing methods and equipment.
  • Support the Certifying Engineers and business in reducing AOG time (Aircraft On Ground) and maintaining airworthiness standards.
  • Assist with aircraft ground movements, engine ground runs, operation of ground equipment, flight servicing, aircraft acceptance and delivery, maintaining accurate records.

 

Level 3 Aircraft Interiors Apprentice (Position not available in 2017)

The role involves the stripping and refitting of interiors on Civil, Business, VIP and Military type aircraft

The repair, refurbishment, recovering or replacement of worn or damaged ceiling panels, sidewall panels, hatboxes, stowage units, carpets, galley flooring, cabin seat covers,  flight deck and attendant seat covers and primary insulation bags and blankets

Also various other soft furnishing and upholstery work for the Marshall group

Level 3 Engineering Design Electrical /Avionic Apprentice

Engineering apprentices complete the same three year apprenticeship as a craft apprentice; carrying out maintenance modifications and repairs to aircraft within a production environment in accordance with instructions and relevant controlled technical documentation. This provides a good understanding, knowledge and experience when which can be applied to design, integration and modification to various platforms. The engineering apprentice then completes a fourth year within the engineering design environment working with professional engineers in various design specialisations. This will either be structural/mechanical or electrical/avionic based depending on the chosen specialisation and apprentices will be placed within ongoing active programs on a rotation basis during the year. We undertake work on both military and civil platforms. During year three and four engineering apprentices will study either a mechanical or electrical HNC at a local college on day-release. On successful completion the apprentice will be offered a position within Engineering and will be encouraged to continue with formal further education up to BSc/BEng degree level.

Level 3 Engineering Design Mechanical Apprentice

Engineering apprentices complete the same three year apprenticeship as a craft apprentice; carrying out maintenance modifications and repairs to aircraft within a production environment in accordance with instructions and relevant controlled technical documentation. This provides a good understanding, knowledge and experience when which can be applied to design, integration and modification to various platforms. The engineering apprentice then completes a fourth year within the engineering design environment working with professional engineers in various design specialisations. This will either be structural/mechanical or electrical/avionic based depending on the chosen specialisation and apprentices will be placed within ongoing active programs on a rotation basis during the year. We undertake work on both military and civil platforms. During year three and four engineering apprentices will study either a mechanical or electrical HNC at a local college on day-release. On successful completion the apprentice will be offered a position within Engineering and will be encouraged to continue with formal further education up to BSc/BEng degree level.

Level 3 Land Systems Fitter Apprentice

To manufacture, assemble and build complete Land Systems specialist and varied projects using engineering drawings and design data in accordance to relative controlled documentation. To ensure build quality is to the correct standard and maintains Land Systems excellent quality.  Working in a team environment to deliver on the business and customer expectations.

Level 3 Manufacturing Support Multi Skilled Fitter Apprentice

Once apprenticeship has been completed, apprentices go on to become skilled operators which will include:

  • Manufacture of components as detailed within Manufacturing Support job cards, work requests and verbal instructions  i.a.w. internal and external processes and procedures including certification of own work when applicable
  • Manufacture of structural/mechanic component and assemblies within scope of own skills from solid billets, forgings, castings, extrusion and bar including modifications to existing/new bought out parts to detailed drawings, work requests and verbal instructions using CNC and Manual machines
  • Liaise with Workshop Management, Senior Manufacturing Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Inspection Technicians, HSE & Quality Coordinator
  • Operator daily maintenance (ODM),completing Tool Control Sheets (TAS)

Level 3 Aerospace Supportability Engineer (ASE)

There are 3 potential “streams” for this role as described below:

PDS/TSG Engineer

This is a Customer facing role providing Design and In-service Support Services tailored to meet individual Customer needs, ranging from the provision of on-call support through to full integration within the Customers aircraft or equipment support organisations.

Depending on individual Customer requirements, the role of the PDS/TSG Engineer will be to provide an intelligent interface with Customers for a wide-range of activities of a technical, airworthiness or air safety nature.  This interface will often include regular involvement with the aircraft or equipment operators, as well as other support agencies such as Design Organisations, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities, and Supply Chains for the aircraft or equipment concerned.

Supportability Engineer

The Supportability Engineering role involves the investigation and identification of support requirements and solutions, and the analysis tasks required to determine the effectiveness of the identified solution(s). The Supportability Engineer will be responsible for:

  • Data identification & capture for all tasks
  • Carrying out all required data analysis, which will include some or all of the following:
    • Front End Analysis
    • Life Cycle Costs (LCC) Analysis
    • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
    • Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)/ MSG-3 Analysis
    • Maintainability Analysis
    • Reliability Analysis/Trending/Modelling
    • Availability/Sustainability Analysis/Modelling
    • Spares Analysis/Modelling
    • Level of Repair Analysis (LORA)
    • Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System requirements
    • Obsolescence Management requirements
    • Zonal Analysis
    • Component Lifing Parameters
  • Interpretation and recording of all analyses
  • Reporting results and recommendations based on the analyses

The role of the ASE is focused on providing technical services, expert advice and assistance to the Customer and other supporting agencies relating to the maintenance, operation, development, support and airworthiness management of the Customer’s aircraft type; including installed systems and equipment, ground support equipment, tools and technical data.

Day-to-day activities can also include:

  • The planning, management and coordination of investigations of technical issues and faults
  • Providing answers to queries relating to material and process specifications, technical publications and drawings, equipment part numbers and configuration, maintenance schedules, and work planning cards
  • Reviewing Design Organisation and Regulatory Alerts, Bulletins and Instructions to determine their impact on the Customers aircraft, equipment and In-service support arrangements
  • Monitoring Air Safety arisings and Hazardous Occurrences to identify technical causes and trends
  • Coordinating, supporting and advising In-service aircraft and equipment trials
  • Preparing, distributing and coordinating the implementation of continuing airworthiness instructions
  • Managing and coordinating Continuous Airworthiness Management assurance activities on the Customer’s behalf
  • Coordination of the provision of structural and system repair advice and repair drawings
  • Managing and coordinating Obsolescence Management activities
  • Identification of alternative parts, materials and processes
  • Maintenance of fleet configuration records
  • Managing the provision of specialist technical services on behalf of the Customer, such as Structural Integrity, Structural Health and Fatigue Management, and Operational Loads Measurement
  • Data identification and capture
  • Modelling for support solutions
  • Monitoring, analysis and trending of In-service failures, aircraft and equipment reliability, and support process effectiveness
  • Interpretation of analysis results and proposing recommendations
  • Design and development of aircraft and equipment maintenance schedules
  • Development of reliability and maintainability proposals
  • Management of Customer aircraft and equipment technical publications, including the review, amendment and validation of technical content, configuration control, printing and distribution
  • Providing advice to the Customers and Design Organisations relating to the In-service Support requirements for modifications; including support equipment, maintainability, diagnostics, testing, tooling, training and publication requirements
  • The preparation of modification proposals

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I would really recommend the Foundation degree route to people looking to get into aircraft maintenance.
Charles Moorey, - Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work based training programme which combines formal learning and on the job training within a specific sector.

The Apprenticeship is made up of 4 elements which make up the framework. They are as follows:

  • A technical certificate – the learner is able to demonstrate achievement of the technical knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts of the industry and its market, relevant to the skill, trade or occupation (traditionally classroom based learning)
  • A competence based qualification – the learner is able to demonstrate competence in performing the skill, trade or occupation (work based learning)
  • Functional or Key Skills in English and Maths – the learner may need to sit short separate assessments if they haven’t already met the minimum grade from an existing qualification they took (e.g. G.C.S.E English & Maths)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (embedded within the competence based qualification) – the learner is able to demonstrate that they know and understand areas such as the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law, health and safety and equality and diversity procedures and documentation for their organisation

Is there an upper age limit?

No.

How do I become an apprentice?

As an apprentice you need to be employed for at least 30 hours per week which is spread over a minimum of four days in the workplace. ‘Classroom’ sessions are in addition to the time spent in the workplace.

Why choose an Apprenticeship?

You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that’s best suited to you through hands-on, on the job experience.

The key benfits are:

  • Gaining a qualification
  • Earning a salary
  • Learning job-specific skills
  • Getting paid holidays
  • Learning alongside industry experts

Who is eligible to become an apprentice?

An individual will be able to undertake an Apprenticeship if they are 16 years or over and NOT already taking part in full-time education and are living in England.

How long does the Apprenticeship take?

The length of the training will vary depending on your prior skills and knowledge level. However, we estimate that a period of up to 4 years is required to complete our Apprenticeship. Nearly all of this time will be spent in the workplace.

How is the Apprenticeship delivered and assessed?

The Apprenticeships are designed to allow the majority of the learning and assessment to occur in the workplace. The National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering  will be delivered in classroom sessions, via our education professionals who are highly qualified in the aviation industry, held at AeroAcademy. Other specialist qualifications will be held at college. These training sessions are normally undertaken one day a week.