A student wishing to establish a career in the Aviation Industry has to undertake professional training leading to the appropriate qualifications and certification.
To assure safety within the industry, engineering personnel are licenced in the same way as pilots and air traffic controllers. If suitably licenced in accordance with the regulation EASA Part-66 an engineer can certify the work that has been carried out on an aircraft and return it to service.
There are several categories of licence which cover different levels and disciplines and a variety of path exist to achieve them.
A Category B Licence is required for this. It is attained after graduation from a 2 year approved course and after 2 years of appropriate practical experience. Category B licences are further divided into specialist skills such as Mechanical (B1) or Avionic (B2). The alternative path to get this licence is the self-study, attending short courses and examinations (read more in the EASA Part-66 Examinations page). In this case 5 years of appropriate practical experience is required.
Next-AT offers a range of courses that provides an overview of aircraft systems and maintenance processes, through to the approved courses necessary for licensed engineer.
Next-AT’s approved category B courses last for 80 training weeks plus annual leave of 5 weeks each year and public holidays (less than 2 years in all).
The first 12 months of the course are common to all licence categories, therefore students do not need to make a decision regarding whether to follow Mechanical (B1) or Avionic (B2) licensing until the second year of the course.