Thinking about pursuing a career in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering?

By jyoti das

Let us tell you why Aircraft Maintenance Engineering has become a better and blooming career option.


Who is an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer?

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer or a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is a licensed person who carries out aircraft maintenance. They deal with the aircraft operations, maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification work of an aircraft. These engineers are technically qualified and have all the required knowledge, experience and high level of competency.


How to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer?

Candidates must undergo training and then apply for licenses starting with the basic followed by each level as required.


Types of AME applicants:

1- AME Trainees.- Applicants who are undergoing training in the DGCA Approved AME Training Institutes

2- GET –Graduate Engineering Trainees undergoing training in the DGCA approved institutes of the Airlines.

3- AEG –Engineering Graduates in streams other than Aeronautical engineering

4- DEF – means applicants retired or working in the Defence forces

5- General – means applicants not falling in any of the above categories


How to get into these Courses?

Path 1:

Std XII Stream: Sc(PCM) Entrance Test IITJEE*

Graduation BE/B.Tech

Aeronautical Engineering

Exam & Post Grad


Goal Aeronautical Engineer

Path 2:

Std XII: Sc(PCM) 50% Professional: Aero Engineering (AeSI) Examination: AeSIMem Exam Goal Aeronautical Engineer

Path 3:

Std XII Stream: Sc(PCM) Course AME Exam AeSIMem Exam Goal Aeronautical Engineering


Graduate Engineer Trainee (GET) Scheme: Under this scheme, graduate engineers are recruited by the operators and given extensive theoretical and practical training both in basic and specific subjects to appear in Paper I, II & III after satisfactorily completing the prescribed 3-year curriculum.

Candidates of AME Training Institutes Approved by DGCA: Initially, training in the field of aircraft maintenance engineering is offered by DGCA recognized institutes. The curriculum, training, and facilities of these institutes are as per the standards stipulated by DGCA. Applicants from such institutes are permitted to appear in Paper I, II & III after satisfactorily completing the 3-year curriculums respectively. Admissions to these institutes are separate and there is no common process or counseling.


Eligibility required:

1- Candidates must have passed 10+2 pre-degree/intermediate or equivalent with Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

2- Students who have passed B.Sc with Maths, Physics & Chemistry.

3- Or those with a diploma in Engineering with 50% marks


Future Aspects:

You can get various employment opportunities in the following ways:

1- Flying clubs/academies

2- Private airlines

3- National carriers

4- International carriers

5- Aviation corporations

6- Engineering division of the aviation sector

7- Aircraft manufacturing firms


9- Aeronautical Development Establishment

The companies which usually recruit Aeronautical Engineers are :

1- Air India

2- Civil Aviation Department

3- Defence Research and Development Laboratories

4- Helicopter Corporation of India

5 Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)

6- National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL)

7- Pawan Hans

So, India has achieved many significant achievements in the field of aerospace engineering by developing heavy-lift rockets, aircraft, Helicopters etc. So choosing Aircraft maintenance engineering as a career will surely take you to the grades of the good pay scale as well as it would also give you opportunities to try out of India where you can have a great future settlement in comparison to the scope in India. Hence, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is absolutely a better and booming career option.


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