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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

It’s just the right time to opt for a career of an aircraft maintenance engineer because the aviation sector is expanding like never before, says Frank Krishner

Aircraft Maintenance EngineerYou’ve completed your 10+2 with Science and want to pursue a career with a difference that makes a tremendous difference to the nation as well? Well, read on!
The sky opens up

The aviation industry is growing at a tremendous rate with new players coming in and the older players expanding their fleet. Even in Bihar, considered a backward state, we see the impetus to open up new air-fields and expand airport facilities.

To increase the rate of economic development, the government is simplifying its policies and rules. This process was started over a decade ago during with the Open Skies Policy that is a blessing for Aviation Technology/Business. India is moving towards an Airlines Revolution.

Before, there were Air India and Indian Airlines. Now there are several like Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Kingfisher, Spice Jet, Air Deccan, Go Air, Paramount Airways, Air India Express etc. Besides these, almost all states of our country own their own fleet. Rich businessmen and entrepreneurs have also invested in personal aeroplanes and helicopters. At present the major aviation companies have some 220 aircraft and helicopters. This year there is a scope of the addition of around 100-150 aircraft. India’s major private and public sector companies are believed to be placing orders for around 400 new planes.

Aircraft of every kind need meticulous and consistent maintenance and grooming to ensure that they are safe and functional. The ground maintenance crew are the most essential component for any airline’s health.
Options to count on

The Aviation Industry is a highly specialised field with a whole lot of opportunities. Amongst all its branches, one branch stands out with its immense employment opportunities and prospects for a bright and secure future — aircraft maintenance engineering. Here is where great opportunity lies. Aircraft maintenance engineers are needed in abundance. The most important word in the Aviation Industry is “safety” and it is the responsibility of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers to ensure that the aircraft is an immaculate condition before take off. No Aircraft can take off without clearance (Air-worthiness Certificate) from Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.

Just as a pilot cannot fly an aircraft without a valid Flying License, similarly aircraft maintenance engineers have to first obtain a license from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Government of India. In all, around 37 DGCA approved institutes are imparting training in aircraft maintenance engineering in the country as of date.

In fact, the aircraft maintenance engineering course is not just a degree course but a licence course, to be imparted by only DGCA approved and recognised institutes.

These recognised institutes teach the approved syllabus of DGCA and conduct internal examinations after completion of the course. On the basis of the performance in this internal examination, the results of successful candidates are forwarded to the DGCA for licence examination. And only thereafter the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licenses are issued.

BIA and IIAS, like other specialised institutes elsewhere in India, follow certain guidelines given by the DGCA, like – a well stocked library, its own aircraft, aircraft related workshops, engines, experienced and competent instructors on all different subjects as prescribed by DGCA. To motivate young people, these institutes also give attractive scholarships to the tune of Rs 60,000 per annum to their deserving and meritorious students. In addition, there are attractive rebates in fee and other amenities for female candidates.

The minimum eligibility criterion for admission to these institutes is 10+2 or its equivalent with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and a minimum of 50 per cent marks in Physics and Mathematics. The Bachelor’s degree programme stresses the fundamentals of propulsion, electronics, and automatic control guidance, theory of aerodynamics, structural analysis, material science, and fluid dynamics.
Institute watch
Bharat Institute of Aeronautics
Patna Airport, Patna – 800014
Ph. No: 0612-2224160
Fax 0612-2221696, 3298168
Indian Institute of Aeronautical Science
Sonari Aerodrome,
Jamshedpur – 831011
Ph No: 0657-2309349
Fax: 0657-2221213

Indian Institute of Aeronautics
18/55, Punjabi Bagh (West),
New Delhi – 110026.
Ph. No: 011-25223376
Fax: 011-25223367,
Hindustan Institute of Aeronautics
5 Temple View,
Near Neori Mandir,
Lalghati, Bhopal – 462032
Ph No: 0755-2748018/2548891
Fax: 0755-2665473
(Indicative listing)


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