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Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering | Frequently Asked Questions

What are the career prospects for graduates of this course?

After completing the approved course and receiving Certificates, students will need to show an additional two years’ work experience at an approved MRO to qualify for the EASA / GCAA Licence.

Graduating students with a further two years’ experience (minimum) can apply for their category licence. They would then be eligible for the following roles:

  • Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME/LAE)– Mechanical B1.1 (Fixed wing gas turbine)
  • Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME/LAE) – Mechanical B1.3 (Rotary wing gas turbine)
  • Aircraft Mechanic, Maintenance
  • Maintenance Planner
  • Avionic Technician

Another option is to continue study towards a tertiary level qualification e.g. Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Business

How can I obtain an EASA Certificate of Recognition?

To be issued an EASA Certificate of Recognition for the approved course, students need to:

  • Complete an EASA approved training course (2400 hours), plus complete EASA license exams, achieving 75% or more in each of the module exams, AND
  • Complete all practical and maintenance training activities with an attendance level of 90% or higher

How can I obtain an EASA licence?

An EASA license can be obtained by one of the following methods:
Method 1

  • Obtain an EASA Certificate of Recognition for the approved course as described above, AND
  • Work for 2 years as an AME in an approved maintenance organisation – Part 145, completing a journal of work experience to the satisfaction of the National Aviation Authority (NAA)

Method 2

  • Successfully complete EASA license exams, achieving 75% or more in each of the module exams, AND
  • Work for 5 years as an AME in an approved maintenance organisation – Part 145, completing a journal of work experience to the satisfaction of the NAA

How can I obtain an GCAA Certificate of Recognition?

To be issued an GCAA Certificate of Recognition, students need to:

  • Successfully complete the requirement for the issue of an EASA Certificate of Recognition for the approved course as above, AND
  • Successfully complete GCAA Module 10 examination 

How can I obtain a GCAA (UAE) licence?

An GCAA license can be obtained by one of the following methods:

Method 1

  • Obtain an GCAA Certificate of Recognition as described above, AND
  • Work for 2 years as an AME in an approved maintenance organisation – Part 145, completing a journal of work experience to the satisfaction of the NAA

Method 2

  • Successfully complete GCAA license exams, AND
  • Work for 5 years as an AME in an approved maintenance organisation – Part 145, completing a journal of work experience to the satisfaction of the NAA

Do I get to work on real aircraft while studying?

Aviation Australia students learn real skills on real aircraft in our EASA/GCAA approved European Part 147 training facility.  Our on campus aircraft include:

  • Jet aircraft such as the Fokker 28 and Boeing 727 jet
  • Other fixed-wing aircraft include a Piper Navajo and two Beechcraft King Airs
  • Helicopters includes a Bell Jet Ranger, a Robinson R44 and a Sikorsky S-76 

How much of the course is practical based?

Approximately 50% of the course is dedicated to practical tasks in either the Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, classroom or workshop areas.

Apart from tuition fees, what other course costs are there? 

If you have achieved a 50% pass in an exam but would like to attempt for a higher pass of 75%, for a licence outcome (in accordance with regulatory guidelines), the cost of the exam re-sit will be AU$50 per exam sitting.

Can I work whilst studying in Australia?

Generally, students studying in Australia on a student visa are eligible to work restricted hours. For information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

What employment opportunities will be available after completing this course?

Dedicated Employment Services professionals are available on a full time basis at the Brisbane facility to support students in their search for employment in the aviation industry. To assist with this, Aviation Australia Employment Services (AAES) keep abreast of the recruitment requirements of major international carriers and organisations, and match these requirements to a database of Aviation Australia graduates.

Students will have access to AAES for guidance and training in the preparation of job applications. This can include assistance with professional cover letters and resumes, interview and skills preparation, and the hiring and selection processes. For further information AAES can be contacted at: aaes@aviationaustralia.aero.

Please note that Aviation Australia cannot guarantee employment to its students and graduates. Students and graduates of Aviation Australia are solely responsible for securing employment.

Can Aviation Australia assist me with my Visa application?

Aviation Australia recommends that students refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for advice on visa processing. Alternatively, Education Agents within your country will be familiar with the visa application process and should be able to provide assistance if required.

Students need to allow sufficient time for the issuing of a visa to enable their course commencement on the scheduled start date. Note that Aviation Australia has no way of expediting the processing of visas.

What assistance can Aviation Australia provide to students settling into Australia?

Aviation Australia has a dedicated Student Services team that is able to assist students with every aspect of settling into student life. Whilst Aviation Australia does not offer accommodation for students, there are several accommodation options available to all students attending the Brisbane campus.

Our in-house Student Services team is more than happy to assist students with any information that may be required. For further information, please visit the Student Services page here

What costs of living can I expect in Australia? 

You need to be aware that it may not be as cheap to live in Australia as it is in your home country. It is advisable to carefully consider the costs of living and the possible impact on your lifestyle.

The following websites may help you to understand the potential living costs while you are here.
https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/brisbane
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Brisbane

Can Aviation Australia assist me with English language training?

Aviation Australia has a close relationship with many English Pathway Schools within the region. Please contact Aviation Australia for more details.

 

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