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So you’ve decided you want to become an aircraft maintenance engineer.  We can help you achieve this goal. The 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.

NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering

Locations: Air NZ Aviation Institute, 7-13 Rennie Drive, Airport Oaks, Mangere, AUCKLAND & Air NZ Aviation Institute, 125 Orchard 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 and CHC)

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

Qualification:  NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-Employment Skills)(Level 3)  Unit Standards: click here for Unit Standard course breakdown.

Pre Requisite: Successful completion of the Placement Test.  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.

Placement Test Dates (2016) for 2017 Courses - Registrations closed. 

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





Programme overview, facilities and aviation industry


Electrical Safety

How to work safely with electricity and electrical equipment


Fire and Chemical Safety

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


Occupational Safety and Health

 Legislation and safety procedures


Workskills 1 and 2

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


Conversion of Units






First Aid

 Sub-contractor provided (C4)


Theory of Flight and Flight Controls

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


Introduction to Avionics

Aircraft electrical, instrument, radio and radar systems overview.


Aviation Law and Publications

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


Mechanical Electrical 1

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


Tools Equipment and Drawings

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


Electrical Practical

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


Mechanical Practical 1

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


Mechanical Systems 1

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


Mechanical Systems 2

Hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel & landing gear systems


Mechanical Systems 3

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


Mechanical Electrical (AC & AC Systems)

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


Powerplants (Piston)

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


Engine Practical

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


Aircraft Servicing

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


Structures Practical

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


Airframe Inspection

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


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.


Aircraft Propellers

Propeller theory, construction, operation & maintenance.


Course Fees

2017 fees  $9,990  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 $390.00 (approx),  Text Books $78.00 (2), Student ID $15.00, Industry visits/Course related excursions $30.00 approx

 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 to apply.



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