An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) is a person licensed to ensure that aircraft are airworthy in accordance with local and international aviation standards. The AME’s are the men behind the sophisticated flying machine. Each aircraft is required to be certified for its fitness for flight before being accepted by the pilot for a take-off. This certification is required to be carried out by a person who has been specifically trained to inspect and evaluate the safety and airworthiness aspect of the aircraft and its system. Thus, an AME is expected to be a dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled professional. In fact, the lives of the passengers and crew on board an aircraft vests in the hands of an AME. Having been required to perform such responsible tasks, the Government of India in concurrence with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has entrusted the Director General of Civil Aviation (D.G.C.A.) under Ministry of Civil Aviation to issue ‘LICENCES’ to these Aviation engineers (AME’s). Only a Licensed AME is authorized to certify the airworthiness of an aircraft. In order to obtain a License, a potential AME is expected to undergo an approved AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING COURSE after completing his 10+2/Intermediate course and fulfilling specific laid down requirements prescribed by the DGCA. While undergoing the approved curriculum he/she is subjected to a set of examinations, which are conducted by the DGCA upon the qualification of the same he is issued with a BASIC LICENSE. Thereafter a student is exposed to the real life aviation maintenance environment, with an airline or an Aircraft Maintenance Organization, where he /she obtain a TYPE LICENSE. It is here that he/she is nurtured to graduate as a technical doctor for the AIRCRAFT, its engines, systems etc.
Skill and professionalism is infused only upon experience and exposure. An AME therefore exposes himself/herself to several such aircrafts, engines or systems and extends his/her scope of license to cover various types of airplanes. Thus, is the way of increasing his qualification, skills and market demand through which one goes up the ladder of success in this vast field of Aviation. There goes a saying ‘AME’s are not born, they are made’. Hence, a student with an average academic background could as well be crafted into a specialized AME if he has within him, the 3D’s dedication, discipline and dynamism.
HOW TO BECOME AN AME?
A student meeting the stipulated academic requirements laid down by DGCA, undergoes the 3 years training at an approved AME training school and thereafter obtains On-The Job Training while continuing to pass the LICENSE exams conducting by DGCA. It is pertinent to note that the AME training course conducted at our Institute is as per ICAO Type II standards and hence is valid internationally for graduating as an AME. A career as an AME offers excellent pay, benefits & growth opportunities with ample chances to go abroad.
In our endeavor to nurture the right kind of technical manpower to meet the challenges of the changing & progressively developing field of Aviation Science & technology, IIAS is pushing continuous effort to provide the right ambience for such an advanced professional training. The is achieved by setting up specific technical sections each displaying a detailed study environment to understand the technology & maintenance concepts of the various aviation stream viz. AIRFRAMES, SHOP, PISTON ENGINE SHOP, JET ENGINE SHOP, INSTRUMENT & ELECTRICAL SHOP, RADIO NAVIGATION SHOP, COMPUTER LAB etc. The training is complemented by a well equipped library and a reading room which has a collection of a wide range of aviation technical publications, books reference materials, manufacturers bulletins, journal, aviation magazines for its students. There is a library of video aids and computer based training technique is also widely followed.
Besides the classrooms and practical sessions, students are taken in frequent study tours to industries aviation maintenance Organization & Airlines for an exposure to the actual maintenance activities.