About Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in detail – AME

All about Aircraft maintenance course

There are many types of engineering branches and you would also have familiar with most branches but this course is completely different from other engineering branches.

Everybody knows all about pilots, their jobs, and their profession but few of them know about Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME). So in this article, I am going to tell you all about Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course in detail.

What is an AME course?

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering or AME course is a license-based course of 2 years academic training (according to DGCA CAR-147) and 2 years or more than training on working aircraft.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course is all about the maintenance of aircraft and maintenance by means of repairing, modification, pre-flight checking, and other maintenance work. The person who holds the license is called Aircraft Maintenance Engineer or AME and only they have the authority to certify the aircraft.

So, If you’re wondering to fly your career as an AME and want to take admission in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) colleges after 12th then first you should know all about this course and this career option.

And I’m 100% sure after reading this article you must be able to determine, Is this the profession you’re looking for, or Is this the course that will make your future bright?

But wait, let me first tell you who I am and how I can explain with depth information about this course. 

Well, If you would have read our About Us page then you’d have aware that I have been also a student of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course. So, I can confidently say, I can explain to you in better ways and can give you much more information about this course and this career option. 

So, stay will me till the end.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course:

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course

Above we have already given you a basic definition of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME). And as I said, this course is all about the maintenance of aircraft. Maintenance by means of repairing, modification, pre-flight checking, and other maintenance works.

So in the course, you will learn how to do these all things. And after doing this if you hold the license and become an AME then apart from a pilot you too will be responsible for the safety of a flight and an aircraft, which is a really big responsibility.

Important to know: If you think Aircraft means only Airplane then you'd wrong. Aircraft means any flying machine which can make balance and support in the air. So, Airplanes, Helicopters, Gliders, and others are also examples of Aircraft.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME):

The student who completes this course successfully and holds a license can become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer or AME. The AME license gives authority to a person to certify an aircraft for dying and take responsibility.

Need to know:

Before flying any aircraft, an inspection takes place by AME in which he checks, all instruments, systems, and others are working in good condition or not. If they have any doubt then they can stop the Aircraft until the doubt should be resolved. And when they confirm that the Aircraft and its parts are in good condition then certifies the Aircraft. 

The Salary of an AME could be around 1-4 lakhs per month in India. It depends on the license, streams, and experience of an AME and they also get 20 free flight tickets in a year to travel anyplace. 

As aircraft is not a small flying machine, so there are more than three AME for an Airplane and all they have their own works in their license and streams.

AME Course: Streams and license types 

There are mainly two types of Streams in this course –  Mechanical and Avionics. Let’s talk about it one by one…

  • Mechanical Stream: This Stream deals with Aircraft Engines, Propellers, Structures, Workshops, and Others.
  • Avionics Stream: This Stream deals with Instrument systems, Radio Navigation, Radar – communication, Electricity in Aircraft, and Others.

License categories :

The AME license is not provided by the college, this license issued by the DGCA in India when you qualify your all module papers (we’ll talk later about module papers). An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) who belongs to the Mechanical stream holds a B1 category license. 

  • B1.1 category license for Airlines field’s AME
  • B1.4 category license for Helicopter field’s AME

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) who belongs to the Avionics stream, holds a B2 category license and may work in all Aircraft types.

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Apart from these  A1, A2, and C category license holders are also Aircraft Maintenance Engineers for particular Aircraft.

Eligibility and College selection (Including Fees):

If you want to do this course then you should have 45% marks in 12th with PCM stream. Because only PCM stream students are eligible for this course.

When it comes to the entrance exam for this course in India, then there is no mandatory exam and counseling for this course but some colleges take admissions through the entrance exam.

And some airlines like –Indigo has own college. And if you do this course from there then you’ll get a job in Indigo Airlines

But make sure, you should take admission to the best colleges in India, and that college should be approved by DGCA (CAR – 147) and EASA. And that College should have at least 2 Aircraft for practical purposes. The best college fees would be around 4 – 9 lakhs for two years course.

Remember, there are many fraud colleges also you might get who can promise you for placement and job but don’t trust in their words.

So take admission to the best colleges. I’m not going to list any college here because I didn’t study in all colleges and without study, I can’t predict which college is best.

But, I must tell you before taking admission to any college first check their review on google and YouTube and also take honest opinions from students who are studying there.

College life and Module papers:

When it comes to Aircraft maintenance engineering colleges, some of the students leave college soon, without completing the course. Even some seniors can also demotivate you in college. 

And these would be those students who think my salary would be 2-4 lakhs after 2 years of course and 1-year of training. But when they get to know about the reality, the responsibility of AME, and struggle behind this course then they decide to leave the college. 

Yes, It is true about salary, but for that, you have to clear your all Module papers and holding a license, and gain experience.

Now, what is module papers?

In the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course in India, there is no more importance of semester exams.

Module papers (Subjects) is the most important exam which is conducted by the Directorate General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in every 3 months for holding an AME license in India. Similarly, EASA and others also conduct module papers exam to get a license and works in other countries. 

And in college, you will study according to module papers. In college, you spare half of the day for theory classes and another half of the day for practical classes.

In the Mechanical stream, there are 13 modules and in the Avionics stream there are 11 modules, are mandatory to become an AME and holding an AME license.

Career: Training and Jobs

After completing the 2 years course you have to go for an Apprenticeship or Practical training.

You can complete your training from Airlines or MRO (Maintenance and Repair Organization). In this training period, you will learn many things from your Senior Engineers. 

Jobs and Categorization:

Any person can not become an AME and can certify an aircraft after clearing all module papers you have to grow and gain experience step by step. Let me explain to you…

After completing your training period you will become a Junior engineer after 1 year you will promote to Technician after the next 1 year you will promote to Senior Technician then lastly you will become an AME. And the salary of all types of jobs would be different. I can’t commit to 1 year period but you get my point.

It takes almost 5 years after completing the course, to become an AME who can certifies the Aircraft.

Your Queries:

How do I become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer?

If you want to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer or AME then after with 12th (check above for eligibility) you have to take admission in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Colleges and have to complete 2 years training course. Once you complete this course and clear all module papers then you hold a license of AME and become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

What is the salary of AME?

In India, during the training of Aircraft Maintenance Engineer or AME, they get 15k-25k per month but once they hold a license and able to certify an aircraft then the salary could be 1lac-4lac per month.

The salary of AME depends on their stream, license, and mainly experience. 

Is Aircraft Maintenance Engineering a degree or diploma?

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is 2 years of license-based course. It’s neither a degree course nor a diploma course it’s only a training program. But earlier when the course duration was 3 years (according to CAR-145) then this course considered as a diploma.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course Fees?

This course fee depends on which college you choose. But the average college fees are around 4-9 lac to complete this course in India.

My view and points :

I hope you have been understood all things about this course. As I said, I have been also an AME student so when I heard about this course then I didn’t have much information about this course even I also didn’t know about DGCA but within one month of college, I had known all about this course.

So I’d say, this is the best professional course for those students who want to make a career in the airline field. So, after reading this article and if you are interested in this field then you should do this course. 

But always remember one thing, It doesn’t matter how your college is? Just complete your course and clear your module papers and focus on your college’s study and practice.

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