The growth of the aviation industry in India has opened new avenues of expansion and created new job opportunities. A career in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering has drawn the interest of the youth, primarily due to the fact that its unconventional practical learning and uniqueness within the training make it stand apart.
The rapidly changing field of aviation has expanded the scope for new aviation companies to enter this field. A report in this regard that had been submitted to the Civil Aviation Ministry highlights the fact that 72,900 technicians and Aircraft Maintenance Engineers would be required by the industry by year 2035.
According to Rajendra Khashaba Mane, Chief Instructor, SAME Institute, during training, budding AMEs are imparted lessons on service and maintenance of aircraft so as to ensure flight safety. A three-year aircraft maintenance engineering license training course is being offered by several institutes approved by the DGCA.
Those who have passed the Plus Two examinations with 45 per cent marks in aggregate in physics, chemistry and mathematics or a three-year diploma course in any branch of engineering or B.Sc. degree holders after Plus Two with Maths, Physics and Chemistry are eligible for admission to AME training courses.
There is no gender discrimination in admission. Boys and girls can seek admission. This training course in rigorous and only a few institutes offer training on heavy aircraft and jet engines.
The first year of AME training provides basic information about aircraft rules and regulations. In the second year, students learn general engineering and maintenance Practices. The subjects taught include aerodynamics or theory of flight, metallurgy, electronics, NDT (Non Destructive Testing) handling sophisticated equipment’s and practical work in machine rooms and on aircraft engines. In the third year, the study focuses on specific areas like light aircraft, heavy aircraft & its different systems, piston engines, jet engines or helicopters.
After successful completion of the program, the students get a basic aircraft maintenance training license. This is followed by an examination conducted by the DGCA.
Those who qualify the examination will be awarded a license. The three-year training is sufficient for a candidate to appear for the aircraft maintenance licensing examinations. Aircraft maintenance engineers are authorized to inspect the aircraft and certify its fitness.
Those who successfully complete the training and obtain DGCA’s license are eligible to get jobs in airports and aircraft manufacturing or maintenance firms with an attractive salary.
As more and more airlines start operations in the private sector, there will be an increase in demand for aircraft maintenance engineers and mechanics as well, Rajendra Khashaba Mane added.