Apprenticeships 2018

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.

Qualifications achieved through the Apprenticeship

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft maintenance

Qualifications achieved through the Apprenticeship

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft maintenance

Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

About the role:

Aerospace Engineers will work within various departments such as Airframe, Design and Stress, Systems Integration, Avionics, Support Engineering, Quality or Advanced Manufacturing/Manufacturing Engineering. They will focus on all aspects related to the full lifecycle of systems and products. Aerospace Engineers must comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements. They must be able to use and interpret engineering data and documentation such as engineering drawings, reports and computer generated models. They will be expected to work both individually and as part of an Engineering team, often comprising several disparate Engineering disciplines. They will be expected to design, develop, specify, analyse, test, validate and modify designs and solutions to satisfy Customer requirements and In-Service Operations.

The requirements are designed to offer stretch and progression. They will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality, accuracy and timely delivery of the work they undertake. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Entry requirements

Academic qualifications of 96 UCAS points or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include Maths plus at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics.

Plus Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent qualification.

Qualifications achieved through the Apprenticeship

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced (Development Competence)
  • Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licensed Professional Engineering Institution (RAES/IMechE/IET)

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)

Qualifications achieved through the Apprenticeship

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advance Manufacturing engineering (foundation competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in machining (foundation knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in advanced manufacturing engineering (development competence) – machining
  • Level 3 Diploma in Machining (development knowledge)

RAF Brize Norton Level 3 Craft Electrical/Avionic Apprentice or Craft Mechanical Apprentice

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group invite applicants to undertake a 4 year Apprenticeship scheme based at RAF Brize Norton.

The first 2 years of the Scheme will be split between full-time residential learning with the Resource Group Aviation Technical Training (LRTT Ltd) at Cotswold Airport, with accommodation provided locally. The practical hand skills training element will be undertaken at Cotswold Airport including maintenance experience on aircraft.  The remainder of the aircraft maintenance experience will be completed at RAF Brize Norton. At the end of these 2 years, candidate will be qualified to EASA Part 66 CAT A1 and have completed the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standards for Aircraft Maintenance fitter / technician (fixed wing).  Candidates will then complete a further 2 years of training to become skilled aircraft fitters in their chosen specialism in either Electrical/Avionic (Electrical/Avionics Fitter) or Mechanical (Airframe/Propulsion Fitter).

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group work alongside the RAF at Brize Norton as part of the Hercules Integrated Operational Support contract undertaking both scheduled, unscheduled and repairs to the C130J Hercules aircraft.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Scores 5—9 (A-C) which must include Maths, English and Science

Subjects Covered

Along with extensive hands-on experience, our apprenticeships cover:

  • Electrical/mechanical skills
  • Practical and theoretical engineering knowledge
  • Company systems knowledge, national and international regulations
  • Health and safety regulations and behaviour training


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It was great studying at a company which is well known in the industry for training and aircraft engineering. I enjoyed being in small classes and having access to industry on site.
Anna Davanzo, Design Engineer - 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?


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.