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So you’ve decided you want to become an aircraft maintenance engineer.  We can help you achieve this goal. The Air NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering is a first year introduction to aeronautical engineering, and a recognised pre-requisite for further training or an apprenticeship.  On successful completion of the 36 weeks , you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship where you will be paid to complete the remainder of your aircraft tradesman training.

AIR NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering

Locations: Air NZ Aviation Institute, 7-13 Rennie Drive, Airport Oaks, Mangere, AUCKLAND & Air NZ Aviation Institute, Durey Road, Christchurch Airport

Format: Theory (60%), practical training in aviation workshops (40%), and famil visits to operational aircraft maintenance base.  Class times 0800-1500(AKL) & 0900-1600 (CHC)

Duration: 36 Weeks, normally delivered over 39 weeks with two 1 week semester breaks.  Full time study.

Qualification:  Air NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering  Unit Standards: click here for Unit Standard course breakdown.

Pre Requisite: Successful completion of the Placement Test. Placement Test dates :  5 November.  Practice questions assessment guide  

An ideal background is to have successfully completed NCEA Level 2 or 3 in Maths, Physics and English along with a technology subject and a strong interest/ hobby in a Mechanical or Electrical field. The Placement Test consists of an Interview and Written Assessments in English, Maths & Physics.

Applicants who successfully pass the Placement Test are placed on a waitlist. Available student places will be finalised towards the end of the year. 

Modules

Content

Days

Induction

Programme overview, facilities and aviation industry

3.5

Electrical Safety

How to work safely with electricity and electrical equipment

0.5

Fire and Chemical Safety

Chemical spills, use of spill kits, types of fire and methods to extinguish.

0.5

Occupational Safety and Health

 Legislation and safety procedures

 2.5

Workskills 1 and 2

Management of learning plan, problem solving techniques, CV writing.

4.5

Conversion of Units

 

 2

Mathematics

 

 2

First Aid

 Sub-contractor provided (C4)

 2

Theory of Flight and Flight Controls

Low/High speed fixed wing & rotary wing principles of flight and flight controls.

 6

Introduction to Avionics

Aircraft electrical, instrument, radio and radar systems overview.

 6

Aviation Law and Publications

New Zealand Civil Aviation legislation, manufacturers manuals & parts catalogues, ATA 100 system, maintenance documentation & labels, expositions & procedures manuals.

 4

Mechanical Electrical 1

Direct current theory, aircraft DC systems, batteries, cabling, wiring diagrams, semi-conductors, electromagnetism.

10

Tools Equipment and Drawings

Aircraft drwaings, hand tools, thread forms, power tools, support equipment, measuring & marking out equipment, tool maintenance & storage.

 28

Electrical Practical

Electrical measurements, soldering, crimping, bonding, troubleshooting, electro static discharge

10

Mechanical Practical 1

Fluid lines, bearings, fasteners, locking devices, protective treatments & corrosion.

8

Mechanical Systems 1

Aircraft construction, major airframe components, water, waste and emergency systems

6

Mechanical Systems 2

Hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel & landing gear systems

6

Mechanical Systems 3

Air-conditioning, pressurisation, oxygen, ice, rain & fire protection systems

6

Mechanical Electrical (AC & AC Systems)

Alternating current theory & aircraft systems, three phase systems, lighting, inverters & maintenance precautions

11

Powerplants (Piston)

Piston engine theory, construction, fuel, fuel metering, turbo chargers, superchargers, cooling, ventilation, ignition, controls, instrumentation, starting, operation, safety, maintenance and overhaul.

 7

Engine Practical

Pre-strip test, disassembly, cleaning, inspection, measuring, repair, assesmble, test & troubleshoot.

10

Aircraft Servicing

Aircraft routine servicing, marshalling, towing,  mooring, picketing, engine start and dispatch. 

 6

Structures Practical

Safety practices, tool & equipment set-up & use, marking out, cutting processes, metal folding processes & aircraft fastners.

 20

Airframe Inspection

Cleaning & visual inspection of aircraft structures, structural defect identification & abnormal occurrence inspections.

6

Powerplants (Gas Turbine)

Aircraft gas turbine principles, thrust augmentation, gearboxes, thrust reversers, auxiliary power units & systems for lubrication, fuel, air, starting, ignition, control, indication & fire protection.

10

Aircraft Propellers

Propeller theory, construction, operation & maintenance.

 3

Course Fees

$7,800 (2015) for New Zealand Citizens, New Zealand Permanent Residents (2 or more years), and Australian Citizens who have resided in New Zealand for 2 or more years. 

Additional Course related costs - you may add this on to your Student Loan.

Personal Protective equipment $350.00 (approx), National Certificate $15.00, Text Books $89.00 (2), Student ID $10.00, Industry visits/Course related excursions $30.00 approx

Off street Car Parking is available at a cost of $700.00 for the duration of the course.

 Can I apply for student loans / allowances?

The Air NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering is NZQA approved, you can access student loans and allowances. Visit www.studylink.govt.nz to apply.