AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING
"If a Pilot is Heart of the Aircraft then AME is its Soul."
AME is a job profile with high dignity and a great sense of responsibility. An Aircraft
Maintenance Engineer (AME) is basically a person licensed to certify the aircraft or its
component for its airworthiness before its release to service. In other words, an
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer carries out and certifies overhaul, major repairs of
aircraft, power plants, components and accessories thereof before its release to service
in accordance with the national & international aviation standards. All the Airlines,
Maintenance & repair organizations, flying clubs, etc. appoint these AMEs for the
certification of their aircrafts and its components as per the Government Rules and
Regulations. In terms of employment opportunities, aircraft maintenance engineering
is probably the most promising in the aviation sector.
”The duty of an AME is to ensure that the Aircraft is in a fit to fly condition before it
takes off the ground. As per the rules laid down by the govt. of India". No aircraft can
take off without the certification from qualified Maintenance Engineers.
To become an AME one has to undergo an AME course from a DGCA approved
Institute. These recognized institutes teach the approved syllabus of DGCA & conduct
internal examinations for completion of the course. All AME institutes are allotted
limited no. of seats in the categories B1.1 (Mechanical) and B2 (Avionics). No AME
institutes can induct more students than that allotted by DGCA. Aspiring Aircraft
Maintenance Engineers who have obtained the license can start working with private/
government airlines. So, one who has those goals in mind to become part of the
challenging aviation industry, can join the AME course & explore the world of his/her
Initially a candidate may opt only one category for study and after holding the license
in one category he may switch to another on fulfilling the eligibility criteria. HAE-Pune
is approved by DGCA (Govt of India) to impart training in both the categories i.e. B 1
and B2. Further B1 is again categorized in different categories as per the type of
Mechanical (Category B1.1)
With the recent boom in the Aviation industry and a lot of commercial airlines
competing for space in the air, this program has been one of the favorites among
students who want to grab a share of that glory.
Training for the B1.1 category (Mechanical) Course at HAE-PUNE has been approved
by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) under CAR 147 (Basic) for an
Intake of 60 students in this category. The duration of training at the institute is 3 years
which includes 30% practical training at Air India-Mumbai & Air works-Mumbai.
Basically the study in mechanical Stream of AME field is related to the Airframe and
Powerplant (Engine) of all kinds of aircraft in which B.1.1 is related to the Heavy
Aircraft Fitted with Jet Engine. In this scenario the requirement of Heavy aircraft is
more and so the manpower requirement in this area is also High.
Avionics (Category "B2")
The stream which deals with the study and maintenance of Aircraft Instrument
System, Aircraft Radio & Navigation System and Aircraft Electrical System is
commonly known as Avionics Stream. Students of Avionics Stream who successfully
clears all the Basic Knowledge Module Examination conducted by CEO, DGCA (Govt of
India) and completes all the maintenance experience requirements stipulated by
DGCA in Civil Aviation Requirement-66(CAR-66) gets the Aircraft Maintenance
Engineering License in Category B2.
HAE-PUNE is approved by DGCA, Ministry of Civil Aviation (Govt. of India) for an
Intake of 60 students in this category.
In this scenario the requirement of Heavy aircraft is more and so the manpower
requirement in this area is also high.