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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Maintenance Certification (Level 6) with strands in Aeroplane, Rotorcraft, Powerplant Piston, Powerplant Turbine, Electrical, Instrument, and Radio
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 240
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 aeronautical engineering industry with graduates who have attained sufficient theoretical knowledge and practical skills to certify aircraft maintenance.
The qualification covers the subjects required for the issue of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Aircraft Maintenance Engineers Licence (AMEL) (issued under Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Rules 1990) without rating privileges, with the individual strands recognising the specific categories and groups as defined in CAA Part 66, to achieve employment as licenced aviation maintenance engineers.
This qualification is intended for experienced aeronautical engineers, and who want to broaden their knowledge and skills, to enable them certify aircraft maintenance work.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply a detailed knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects in the areas of aircraft engineering, aircraft materials, avionics, air law, human factors, mathematics and physics, and electrical fundamentals, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, with the ability to combine and apply the separate elements of knowledge in a logical and comprehensive manner

Graduates of the Aeroplane strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage, within the Aeroplane category, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, part or all of one or more well defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (aeroplane) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation, and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level, and making judgements regarding the scope, processes, and quality of maintenance for release to service certification

Graduates of the Rotorcraft strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage, within the Rotorcraft category, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, part or all of one or more well defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (rotorcraft) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation, and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level, and making judgements regarding the scope, processes, and quality of maintenance for release to service certification

Graduates of the Powerplant Piston strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage, within the Powerplant category (piston group), as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, part or all of one or more well defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (piston powerplant) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation, and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level, and making judgements regarding the scope, processes, and quality of maintenance for release to service certification

Graduates of the Powerplant Turbine strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage, within the Powerplant category (turbine group), as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, part or all of one or more well defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (turbine powerplant) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation, and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level, and making judgements regarding the scope, processes, and quality of maintenance for release to service certification

Graduates of the Electrical strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage, within the Electrical category, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, part or all of one or more well defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (electrical) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation, and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level, and making judgements regarding the scope, processes, and quality of maintenance for release to service certification

Graduates of the Instrument strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage, within the Instrument category, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, part or all of one or more well defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (instrument) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation, and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level, and making judgements regarding the scope, processes, and quality of maintenance for release to service certification

Graduates of the Radio strand will also be able to:
- Make decisions on and manage, within the Radio category, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 66 and applicable Advisory Circulars, part or all of one or more well defined and undefined aeronautical engineering (radio) activities including detailed description, operation, component location, removal/installation, and troubleshooting procedures to maintenance manual level, and making judgements regarding the scope, processes, and quality of maintenance for release to service certification
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 also progress onto specific aircraft type or group ratings for which a number of training opportunities are available.
Graduates will continue to work towards the privileges of certifying the release to service of aircraft or their components following maintenance.
Employment pathways
On completion of requisite training, graduates will, subject to ratings and categories issued and CAA approval, have the skills and knowledge to be employed as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer and be entitled to certify aircraft or components safe to fly, as well as supervising and approving work carried out by unlicensed maintenance engineers.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements Not available
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By ServiceIQ
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2907
Status Current
Created November 2015
Next Review December 2020
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