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 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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Latest Course Start Dates

Course

Location

Seats available

Start

End

Description

Course

Placement Test 25/10/2017 Christchurch

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

15

Start

25/10/2017

End

25/10/2017

Description

For entry into NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) Level 3, or NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) Level 5 / EASA. Time: 10am - 2pm Fee: Nil

Course

PE4504 Structural Repair and Maintenance

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

1

Start

30/10/2017

End

23/11/2017

Description

At the completion of this course participants will be able to repair, maintain and modify aircraft metal structures to meet the requirements of NZQA Unit Standards 4070 and 4075.

Course

Placement Test 08/11/2017 Auckland

Location

Auckland

Seats available

17

Start

8/11/2017

End

8/11/2017

Description

For entry into NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) Level 3, or NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) Level 5 / EASA. Time: 10:00-14:00 Fee: Nil.

Course

Placement Test 09/11/2017 Christchurch

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

23

Start

9/11/2017

End

9/11/2017

Description

For entry into NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) Level 3, or NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) Level 5 / EASA. Time: 10am - 2pm Fee: Nil

Course

PE4509 Aircraft Electrical Systems

Location

Auckland

Seats available

3

Start

20/11/2017

End

1/12/2017

Description

Course

PE4512 Metal Forming and Composite Awareness

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

3

Start

27/11/2017

End

13/12/2017

Description

To provide the knowledge and skills required to form sheet metal to meet NZQA Unit Standards 4033 and 4081. To provide an awareness of aviation composites and associated standard practices for their identification, handling, basic inspection and storage.

Course

Placement Test 12/12/2017 Auckland

Location

Auckland

Seats available

17

Start

12/12/2017

End

12/12/2017

Description

For entry into NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) Level 3, or NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) Level 5 / EASA. Time: 10am - 2pm Fee: Nil

Course

Placement Test 13/12/2017 Christchurch

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

24

Start

13/12/2017

End

13/12/2017

Description

For entry into NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) Level 3, or NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) Level 5 / EASA. Time: 10am - 2pm Fee: Nil

Course

A320 Introduction and Transition Course

Location

Auckland

Seats available

4

Start

8/01/2018

End

26/02/2018

Description

A320 Introduction course followed by airline A320 Transition course. Approved CAANZ. Pre-requisites: CAANZ or CASA CPL with 1000 hours including 400 hours multi-engine and multi-crew.

Course

PE18C1 NZ Cert in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - L3

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

12

Start

29/01/2018

End

30/10/2018

Description

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - Level 3 Pre-Requisite: NZ or NZ PR, Aviation Institute Placement Test, 17 Years of age. 36 Training weeks. NZQA approved for students loans and allowances

Course

PE18A1 NZ Cert in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - L3

Location

Auckland

Seats available

3

Start

7/02/2018

End

8/11/2018

Description

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) - Level 3 Pre-Requisite: NZ or NZ PR, Aviation Institute Placement Test, 17 Years of age. 36 Training weeks. NZQA approved for students loans and allowances

Course

PE18C2 NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (EASA 66/147 Approved B1.1/B2)

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

8

Start

26/02/2018

End

20/12/2019

Description

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Related Technology) - Level 3 plus New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5. EASA Approved 147/66 B1.1 or B2 Basic Aircraft Course. Course Fees - International Students NZD$62,100.00 (2 years). Additional course costs approx NZD$528.00. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age, Air NZ Placement Test and IELTS 5.5 English language or equivalent.

Course

PE18C3 NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (EASA 66/147 Approved B1.1/B2)

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

16

Start

28/05/2018

End

24/04/2020

Description

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Related Technology) - Level 3 plus New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5. EASA Approved 147/66 B1.1 or B2 Basic Aircraft Course. Course Fees - International Students NZD$62,100.00 (2 years). Additional course costs approx NZD$528.00. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age, Air NZ Placement Test and IELTS 5.5 English language or equivalent.

Course

PE18C4 NZ Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (EASA 66/147 Approved B1.1/B2)

Location

Christchurch

Seats available

16

Start

24/09/2018

End

27/07/2020

Description

New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Related Technology) - Level 3 plus New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) - Level 5. EASA Approved 147/66 B1.1 or B2 Basic Aircraft Course. Course Fees - International Students NZD$62,100.00 (2 years). Additional course costs approx NZD$528.00. Pre-requisite: 18 years of age, Air NZ Placement Test and IELTS 5.5 English language or equivalent.

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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