Aeronautical Technician Training Course

Today’s modern student is very technologically and information resourceful but tend to lack exposure to mechanical equipment and practical skills using basic tools that are the basis on which a career as an aircraft engineer is built.

This training course is run over two years with students gaining qualifications on successful completion of each year.

The Year 1 Qualification is the New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-Employment Skills) (Level 3) and Year 2 is the New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Workplace Introductory Skills) (Level 4). The unit standards chosen to make up these qualifications reflect the approach taken to learning; that the entry level student needs to be exposed to, and trained in a very wide band of topics and skills, competent in the core subjects such as physics and mathematics, knowledgeable in generic aircraft systems and operations and safe and skillful in the use of hand tools and simple workshop equipment.

To fulfill the requirements of the Unit Standards the course has been broken down into a series of projects. The Year 1 workshop projects begin with making a simple plate designed to introduce students to hand tools, hand skills and accuracy. Subsequent projects introduce more tooling, equipment, new skills and closer tolerances. Where possible the projects involve making a tool that the student will be able to retain and use throughout their working career. The final aircraft sheet metal project will be making a tool box in which to keep all their tools.

Along with the workshop aspect of the course there is a substantial amount of classroom learning that introduces the knowledge related to and required for each project. Formal learning will be based around the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Textbook series FAA-8083, supplemented with a range of other source material from a variety of Federal Administrations, authorities and texts.

As well as attaining the formal Qualifications students will also sit a range of New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) exams where the topic has been covered as part of the qualification and syllabus.

Year 1 Qualification

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-Employment Skills) (Level 3)

Strategic purpose statement:

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the aeronautical engineering industry with graduates equipped with a comprehensive base of core Aeronautical Engineering skills and
knowledge.
This qualification is intended for learners who are planning to embark on a career in the aviation industry as an aeronautical engineer.
The aeronautical engineering sector of the aviation industry will benefit through recruitment of knowledgeable and capable staff.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work safely in an aeronautical engineering context, to carry out engineering tasks under direct supervision.

Credits: 130

Elected Unit Standards:

Standard

Lvl

CR

3894

Use aeronautical industry publications and documentation

3

10

3896

Select, use, and maintain aeronautical engineering tools and equipment

3

12

28032

Apply aeronautical engineering work and safety practices

3

10

28031

Demonstrate knowledge of human performance in aeronautical engineering

3

5

3895

Apply aeronautical engineering maintenance practices

3

10

5428

Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft construction and maintenance practices

3

14

28038

Demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting techniques to locate mechanical and electrical defects

3

5

3904

Compensate aircraft compasses

4

2

4033

Form aeronautical sheet metals by rolling

4

3

4068

Form aeronautical sheet aluminium alloys by slapping and beating

4

6

4070

Shape aeronautical sheet metals by cutting

4

6

4072

Fold aeronautical sheet metals

4

8

7244

Demonstrate knowledge of electrical and electronic applications to aircraft mechanical systems

3

10

27731

Demonstrate knowledge of working within an aeronautical engineering workplace

3

4

28140

Visually inspect aircraft metal structures

4

5

28030

Demonstrate knowledge of composite materials used in aircraft structure

3

6

28036

Fabricate non-complex sheet metal components for use on aircraft

3

15

The Year 2 qualification is composed of generic aircraft systems knowledge to a greater depth as well as undertaking related maintenance tasks.

Year 2 Qualification

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Workplace Introductory Skills) (Level 4)

Strategic purpose statement:

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the aeronautical engineering industry with graduates who are able to enter the workforce in a variety of aeronautical engineering work roles, or progress to further training.
The qualification is intended for learners who are planning to embark on a career as an aeronautical engineer.
The aeronautical engineering sector of the aviation industry will benefit through employment of knowledgeable and capable staff.
Graduates of this qualification will be equipped with a wide ranging base of Aeronautical Engineering skills, knowledge and practical experience that will prepare them for employment in a variety of Aeronautical Engineering workplaces.

Credits: 120

Elected Unit Standards:

Standard

Lvl

CR

3898

Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft instrument systems

4

10

3900

Demonstrate knowledge of aircraft electrical systems

4

10

28035

Interpret and use non-complex aircraft direct current (DC) electrical load circuit diagrams to repair faults

3

4

28463

Apply aeronautical engineering knowledge and skills to maintain generic aircraft electrical systems

4

15

28464

Apply aeronautical engineering knowledge and skills to maintain generic aircraft fluid systems

4

15

28465

Apply aeronautical engineering knowledge and skills to maintain generic aircraft instrument systems

4

15

28466

Apply aeronautical engineering knowledge and skills to maintain generic aircraft mechanical systems

4

15

28467

Apply aeronautical engineering knowledge and skills to maintain generic aircraft piston engines

4

15

28468

Apply aeronautical engineering knowledge and skills to maintain generic aircraft propellers

4

8

29134

Describe aircraft powerplant maintenance practices

3

10



New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZCAA) Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) licence examination subjects:

Aero Science- Maths and Physics Subject 1A (reference AC66-2.1A)

Aero Science- Electrical Fundamentals Subject 1B (reference AC66-2.1B)

Aircraft Engineering Knowledge Subject 2 (reference AC66-2.2)

Aircraft Materials Subject 3 (reference AC66-2.3)

Aeroplanes 1 Subject 4 (reference AC66-2.4)

Piston Engines Subject 7 (reference AC66-2.7)

Compass Compensation Subject 16 (reference AC66-2.16)

Human Factors Subject 17 (reference AC66-2.17)

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International

Level
3 & 4
Location & start dates
Ardmore Flying School Campus 3
Length
2 x 1 Year = 2 Years
Total Credits
250
Study options
On Site only
Fees - Domestic*
Price on Application
Additional course costs

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