Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering



AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING (AME) - AN OVERVIEW Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is a professional program, after doing which students become eligible to certify the airworthiness of Aircraft before each flight or after any minor or major repair and maintenance. AME’s also certify the Airworthiness or they issue the flight release certificate in respect to Aircraft Component after minor or major repairs. Aircraft Maintenance Engineering candidates are the highest paid engineers in the world, in comparison to any other branch of engineering. Financial development of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is too fast.



As per the diagrammatic representation given above, which is based on data, given by CAPA, there is huge demand of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering professional though out world. As per estimation, in Asia Pacific itself there is a demand of 2,56,000 engineers. If we look at the world over figures, we need 6,48,000 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering personals. These are the demand figures from 2017 to 2036, i.e. approximately 20 years.

Looking at the figures above for Asia Pacific region, even if there is 100 % pass rate, India will produce only 2200 candidates per year, means in 20 years approximately 44000, trained Aircraft Maintenance Engineering personals. India and China among the largest countries in this region will be able to provide approximately 1 lac trained manpower. Other remaining small countries will contribute approximately 25000 trained manpower. Considering all these figures, scope of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering personal is too high in the market.

Indian government’s open sky policy, regional connectivity policy, tax exemptions on MRO industry, is boosting Indian Aviation Industry to achieve laurels in the field. Lot of new Aircrafts are being imported by Airlines, Scheduled operators, Non-Scheduled Operator, and Business house owners. All these factors are increasing the demand of skilled Aircraft Maintenance Engineering personals.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering personals can apply for jobs in approximately 300 plus companies in India, to mention some of the companies and domain of aviation related companies are as follows:

  • BSF, HAL, Taneja Aerospace, Mahendra Aerospace, Civil Aviation Department, DGCA, Scheduled Airlines, Non Scheduled Airlines, Private Airlines, Government Airlines, MRO, AMO, TECHNICAL PUBLICATIONS etc.

About The Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course

Training for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program at SOA has been approved by the DGCA. The license Examination is conducted by the DGCA. The duration of training at the institute is 2 years, phased over four semesters. This 2 Years is having 2400 Hrs of planned training out of which 2050 Hrs will be in class rooms and labs, 350 will in actual maintenance environment, i.e at MRO. School of Aeronautics has tied up with Air India, which is India’s largest MRO & Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL TAD Kanpur). Total Aviation Experience requirement to obtain B 1.1 or B2 license is as per CAR 147. For obtaining Aircraft Maintenance Engineering License in B2 category students will have to clear 10 module examinations of DGCA, were as for B1.1 category students will have to clear 11 module examinations of DGCA. School of Aeronautics also provides conversion course from B1.1 to B2 or B2 to B1.1

Different types of Airframe and Airframe Components, Engines and Engine Components, Aircraft Instrument System Components, Radio and Aircraft electrical equipment in our workshop give an opportunity to the student to study various theories of Mechanical / Avionics of an aircraft. The reference books, periodicals, aviation magazines and text books in our library keep the student abreast of knowledge in the aviation field. In short SOA provide all facilities to make a student a successful Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

Basically, the course is meant for preparing the students for getting Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License in various categories which is issued by DGCA after the student has passed module examination conducted by DGCA.

Eligibility for Admission into Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

The minimum qualification for admission to the course is a pass in

i. 10+2 pre-degree/intermediate or equivalent with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry / B.Sc with Maths, Physics & Chemistry.

ii. Diploma in Engineering.

Medical Standards For Admission Into Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

The student will have to produce a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner with minimum MBBS qualification to certify that he / she has no physical disability and the color vision is normal.

Requirement To Hold A Licence Under Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Licence

In order to be granted authorisation to issue certificates of release to service a person must hold a valid Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licence issued in accordance with Part-66. The minimum age to hold a Part-66 licence is 18 years. In order to certify, the minimum age is 21.

How To be an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Under Part-66

Under Part-66 an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licence confirms that the person to whom it refers has met the Part-66 knowledge and experience requirements for any aircraft basic category and aircraft type rating specified in the document.

Types of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) License

The licence is divided broadly between Mechanical and Avionic trade disciplines although in view of the various technologies and combinations applicable to certain aircraft the Mechanical licence category is further subdivided. In addition there are various levels within the licence that allow the holder to be authorised to perform certain roles within line and/or base maintenance. These reflect different levels of task complexity and are supported by different standards of experience and knowledge. An individual may hold a combination of licence categories.

The categories within the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licence are:

  • Category A : Maintenance Certifying Mechanic
  • Category B1 : Maintenance Certifying Technician (Mechanical)
  • Category B2 : Maintenance Certifying Technician (Avionics)
  • Category C : Base Maintenance Certifying Engineer

Category A of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) License

Category A is further divided into sub categories as follows:

  • A1 : Aeroplanes Turbine
  • A2 : Aeroplanes Pisto
  • A3 : Helicopters Turbin
  • A4 : Helicopters Piston

The experience demonstrated on application must be relevant to the sub category of licence being applied for and must satisfy certain criteria in respect of recency.

Experience Requirements

An applicant for a category A licence must have completed a prescribed period of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering experience. This experience should include minor scheduled line maintenance and simple defect rectification on operating aircraft. Category A applicants should have at least 2 years practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft.

Category B1 of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) License

The B1 licence is a mechanical based licence and permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service following line maintenance, including aircraft structure, power plants and mechanical and electrical systems. Replacement of avionic line replaceable units requiring simple tests without the use of test equipment to prove their serviceability is also included within the privileges of this licence.

The B1 licence is sub-divided into sub-categories as below:

  • B1.1 : Aeroplanes Turbine-Engine
  • B1.2 : Aeroplanes Piston-Engines
  • B1.3 : Helicopters Turbine-Engine
  • B1.4 : Helicopters Piston-Engines

Experience Requirement Aircraft Maintenance Engineering B1 Category

An applicant for a category B1 licence must have completed a prescribed period of aircraft maintenance experience. This experience is to be relevant to the licence category required and to the maintenance experience of operating aircraft. This experience should include maintenance on aircraft structure, powerplant, mechanical and electrical systems and replacement of avionic LRU’s requiring simple tests to prove their serviceability. Candidates should have at least 4 years practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft.

Category B2 of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering License

The B2 licence is avionic based and permits the holder to issue certificates of release to service, following line maintenance on avionic systems. A Category B2 licence holder also has a role in base maintenance.

The B2 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licence broadly covers the following areas:

  • Instrument Systems
  • Automatic Pilot Systems (fixed and rotary wing), including Auto-throttle and Auto-land Systems
  • Radio Communication, Navigation and Radar Systems
  • Electrical Power Generation and Distribution to Avionic Systems

Experience Requirements For Obtaing Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Licence in B2 Category

An applicant for a category B2 Aircraft Maintenance Engineering licence must have completed a prescribed period of aircraft maintenance experience. This experience is to be relevant to the licence category sought and to the maintenance experience of operating aircraft in avionic and electrical systems. Category B2 applicants should have at least 4 years practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft.


Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is a 2 years program divided into 4 semesters. All the semester has theoretical and practical classes as per DGCA norms. Every semester will have 40 % theory classes and 60 % practical classes. You, doing Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at School of Aeronautics, gives you notch over other college students in respect of PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE. During these two years, you will undergo specially designed practical’s as per industry requirements.

For the students of AME, first semester is common with all branches of AME, comprising of general engineering subjects, second semester onwards you will have core subjects and program related subjects. Module 1 and 2, is not applicable in India. List of module subjects for the students of AME in various categories.

      • Module 3-Electrical Fundamentals.
      • Module 4- Electronic Fundamentals.
      • Module 5- Digital Techniques/Electronic Instrument Systems.
      • Module 6-Materials and Hardware.
      • Module 7A-Maintenance Practices.
      • Module 7B-Maintenance Practices.
      • Module 8-Basic Aerodynamics.
      • Module 9A-Human factors.
      • Module 9B-Human factors.
      • Module 10-Aviation Legislation.
      • Module 11A-Turbine Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems.
      • Module 11B-Piston Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems.
      • Module 12- Helicopter Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems.
      • Module 13-Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems.
      • Module 14-Propulsion.
      • Module 15-Gas Turbine Engine.
      • Module 16-Piston Engine.
      • Module 17A-Propeller.
      • Module 17B-Propeller.


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