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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) (Level 5) with strands in Mechanical, and Avionics
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 5
Credits 245
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Aerospace Engineering and Technology » Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the global aeronautical engineering sector with individuals who have attained sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and who are working towards gaining the operational experience in organisations employing Part 145 processes, to achieve employment as licenced aviation maintenance engineers, in accordance with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Rule Part 66.

In order to gain an EASA aviation maintenance licence, graduates will be required to complete two years practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft as defined in EASA Rule Part 66.

The qualification is primarily designed to meet the global training and education needs of both international and domestic trainees and is suited for people either already employed in the industry as Aeronautical Engineers, people who may wish to train towards gaining an EASA licence, or people aspiring to become Aeronautical Engineers.

Graduates will have complete self-management of learning and performance within the defined contexts of the applicable Aviation Authority rules.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Comprehend and apply detailed knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of the aeronautical engineering subjects as defined in EASA Regulations with a capacity to combine and apply the separate elements of knowledge in a logical and comprehensive manner.

Graduates of the Mechanical strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage all or part of, one or more well-defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (mechanical) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation and BITE and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level within category B1 as defined in EASA Regulations.

Graduates of the Avionics strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage all or part of, one or more well-defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (avionics) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation and BITE and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level with category B2 as defined in EASA Regulations.
Education pathways
This qualification can provide a pathway to other training opportunities, both off job and on job, in Aeronautical Engineering.

Graduates of this qualification may progress onto specific aircraft type or group ratings for which several training opportunities are available; these may not be at a higher level; however, a graduate could move on to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Applied Skills) (Level 4) with strands in Aeronautical Composites, Aeronautical Non Destructive Testing, Aircraft Mechanical, Aircraft Powerplant, Aircraft Structures, Armament, Avionic Electrical Repair, Avionic Instrument Repair, Avionic Radio Repair, Avionic Maintenance, and Rotorcraft [Ref: 2909] whilst completing their two years of practical maintenance experience in a live work environment. From there, and on award of the EASA licence, they could move towards a NZ CAA licence, aligned with a Level 6 diploma.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification may seek an aircraft engineer position in a Part 145 maintenance organisation to complete the experience requirements for the issue of an aircraft maintenance engineer licence.

On completion of the requisite experience and issue of a licence, subject to ratings and categories issued, a licensed engineer can certify aircraft or components safe to fly, as well as supervise and approve work carried out by unlicensed maintenance engineers.

A licenced engineer may be employed in a multitude of organisations both nationally and internationally.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
None.
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By ServiceIQ
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2133
Status Current
Created June 2013
Next Review May 2024
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