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York College

Skilled professionals in aviation maintenance, design, engineering and manufacture are in high demand. Aeronautical, or aerospace, engineers design and develop products such as airliners, helicopters, fighter jets and space vehicles. They also work on components that make up aircraft such as landing gears, engines and electrical/electronic systems requiring a highly specialised skillset.

Aerospace engineering may also offer some of the best hands-on jobs in the world. Working for aerospace manufacturers, employees can become highly skilled in building the airframes and other components of aircraft such as the engines or avionics systems. Aircraft maintenance is another exciting career path – aircraft engineers can travel the world maintaining, inspecting and servicing aircraft whilst adhering to high international safety standards.

What will be studied?

  • Engineering Technician Standard Level 3
  • Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer Standard Level 4
  • City & Guilds Level 2,3,4 and 5 in Aircraft Maintenance
  • EASA Engineering Licence category A B1 and B2

What else will be studied?

All mandatory industry training is included, for example:

  • First Aid Training
  • Supervisor Training
  • Employee Behaviours
  • Mobile Elevated Working Platform
  • Working at Height
  • Manual Handling
  • Human Factors
  • Enhanced Hand Skills for both Mechanical and Avionic Engineers
  • Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems
  • EASA 145, Part M

Entry Criteria

You should have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C, including English and Maths at grade 5 (or minimum of C on the higher paper).

Equality and Diversity

York College is committed to creating an environment where there is mutual respect and equality of opportunity.

Method of Delivery

York College, in conjunction with BACS, a UK  training provider, offers a five year Aviation, Engineering and Maintenance Apprenticeship covering Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 which allows apprentices to obtain nationally recognised educational qualifications alongside the globally recognised European Aircraft Engineers’ Licence.

This apprenticeship offers a managed training programme for employers, ensuring newly qualified engineers have one of the world’s finest apprenticeships with more educational and practical based training embedded into the five-year programme than any other scheme.


Year 1 – Levels 2/3

Year 2 – Level 3

Year 3 – Level 3

Year 4 – Level 4/5

Year 5 – Level 4/5

What Next?

Specialising in either mechanics (engines, airframes) or avionics (instrumentation, electrical/ electronic equipment), aircraft engineers work for airlines, maintenance divisions of aerospace manufacturers or specialist aircraft maintenance companies.

Upon completion of the Level 5 Apprenticeship, apprentices can go on to study full BEng degrees, before progressing to postgraduate study (Master’s/PhD) and further specialist industry courses, if they so choose.

Employer Requirements

Available to companies via the English & Welsh Apprentice Levy Scheme plus European and International Aviation Engineering, Airworthiness, Maintenance, Design and Manufacturing Organisations wishing to place staff on a world leading UK based training scheme aligned with internationally recognised Academic and Industry Recognised Engineering Qualifications.

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