School of Engineering

for students new to the industry

So you've decided to become an aircraft maintenance engineer, you'll be joining an industry that can quite literally take you around the world. Whether you're a New Zealander looking to join the industry locally or an international student wanting to learn your trade from airline professionals, the Aviation Institute's integrated and internationally recognised aircraft maintenance programme is a great place to start.

Students begin by studying a Level 3 Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering, this is a pre-requisite qualification for an apprenticeship with Air New Zealand or for entry into the higher Level 5 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering. The Diploma incorporates the curriculum and examinations required to hold an EASA aircraft maintenance engineers licence. Further study pathways to degree level are available for graduates of the Diploma.

Who are our customers?
Our customers are from home and abroad. New Zealanders train with us after leaving secondary school to secure their first job in the industry.

International students join us from around the world to learn their skills from an international award winning airline, while visiting a destination many people have on their must see list.

International airlines also sponsor their apprentices to train with us so they to can take advantage of the world-class training available provided in one of the safest locations globally. 

Industry Training

Train alongside industry professionals, our domestic and international students train in the same facilities with the same professional facilitators as Air New Zealand's own staff.

Lessons learnt and innovation from the operational environment transfer into our training programmes, ensuring they are best fit for industry, and you. 

Choose where to start your career wisely, it is a badge you will wear through your CV for life. Dont just get any qualification, strive for an industry qualification delivered by industry, and recognised by industry.  

Internationally Recognised 
The Aviation Institute holds dual accreditation for its basic aircraft maintenance programme, it is a New Zealand Qualifications Authority approved Private Training Establishment (PTE) approved to deliver vocational training and a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved Part 147 maintenance training organisation. 

An EASA basic course certificate is the most sought after industry qualification for those joining the industry in aircraft maintenance. Most airlines and maintenance companies globally will recognise this qualification directly or be able to cross credit towards a local equivalent.  

Courses & Qualifications

EASA Part 147 Approved Basic Training Course (B1.1 or B2)
(Domestic + International Students)

The Aviation Institute’s EASA 147 approved basic aircraft maintenance course is made up of two individual qualifications allowing students to complete them separately as resources or time allows, or as a single combined 2 year course.

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New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - Level 3
(Domestic + International Students)

A 36 week introduction to a career in aircraft maintenance. This Certificate is also the first 36 weeks of the Aviation Institute's EASA approved course, and is a pre-requisite for a trainee-ship at Air New Zealand Engineering and Maintenance.

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New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5 (B1.1)
(Domestic + International Students)

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering programme can continue their studies and training by working towards a maintenance licence by undertaking the Diploma programme in a mechanical B1.1 or B2 avionic strand. Aligned with EASA Part 66 the Diploma includes EASA licence examinations.

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Pathway: University of Limerick - BSc (Hons) in Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness Engineering (Advanced Entry)
(Domestic + International Students)

A formal pathway for EASA B1.1 course graduates to complete a degree in Aircraft Maintenance and Airworthiness Engineering, provided by the University Limerick.

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Pathway: University of South Wales - BSc (Hons) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (Top-Up)
(Domestic + International Students)

A formal pathway for EASA B1.1 or B2 course graduates to complete a degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, provided by the University of South Wales

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The Aviation Institute holds the following regulatory approvals

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand - Part 141, European Aviation Safety Agency - Part 147
New Zealand Qualifications Authority 

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