A first-year programme designed for school-leavers or career-changers wishing to enter the aircraft maintenance industry. Students receive a mix of theory and practical training covering both mechanical and avionic disciplines, which enables them to determine their future trade with greater confidence. The National Certificate provides an excellent grounding in aircraft systems and aviation maintenance practices while building practical hand skills. It is an ideal prerequisite for an MRO apprenticeship programme or for further study towards a licence qualification.
National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Related Technology) – Level-3
Duration: 36 weeks
Fire and Chemical Safety
Conversion of Units
Introduction to Avionics
Mechanical Electrical 1 (DC & DC Systems)
Mechanical Electrical 2 (AC & AC Systems)
Aircraft Construction and Hydraulic Systems
Fuel and Air Conditioning Systems
Ice, Rain, Water/Waste & Emergency Systems
Aviation Law and Publications
Aircraft Servicing & Ground Handling
Electrical Safety & Fire
Theory of Flight & Flight Controls
Gas Turbine Engines
Tools, Equipment & Drawings
Occupational Safety & Health
Piston Engine Powerplants
Apprenticeship or New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations).
New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
Graduates of the National Certificate Programme may choose to continue their studies and training towards a maintenance licence by undertaking the Diploma programme in either a mechanical or avionic strand. When taken together, the National Certificate and Diploma form the EASA- approved Basic Training Programme.
On successful completion, graduates will need to amass a minimum of 24 months’ operational experience in a Part 145 approved maintenance organization prior to licence issue.
New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) Level 5 EASA – approved Basic Training Course.
Strand - Mechanical B1.1 or Avionic B2
Duration: 46 weeks
National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering ( Related Technology) – Level – 3.
Students who have completed AME from a recognized institute is eligible to get entry into 1 year New Zealand Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (European Regulations) Level 5 EASA- approved Basic Training Course.
AME programme in New Zealand
AME course in New Zealand is a 2 year full time programme. The curriculum is based on the latest additions in aircraft equipment and aircraft systems, which require specialized knowledge and these form the basis of the course in New Zealand.
Duration: 2 years( full time)
Age : 18 Years.
Educational Qualifications: A pass in HSC or Equivalent with more than 60% marks
IELTS result sheet with 6 band .
Program Level: L5
At the end of the two years study, the students will be awarded L5 certificate.
Certificate in Advanced Aircraft Maintenance
Includes Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance)
National Certificate in Aircraft Servicing (Level 2)
National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Related Technology) (Level 3)
National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Level 4)
with strands in Aircraft Mechanical and Aircraft Powreplant Programme Level* 5
15- or 30-credit courses over two years of full time study . Full time students are expected to complete 120 credits per year. One Credit Means 10 learning hours, which include both classroom and self directed learning.
Courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, electronics, computer science and technical drawing are helpful because they demonstrate many of the principles involved in the operation of aircraft and knowledge of these principles is often necessary to make repairs. Courses that develop writing skills also are important because engineers are often required to submit reports.
Aircraft engineers must do careful and thorough work that requires a high degree of mechanical aptitude. Employers seek applicants who are self-motivated, hard working, enthusiastic and able to diagnose and solve complex mechanical problems. Agility is important for the reaching and climbing necessary to do the job. Because they may work on the tops of wings and fuselages on large jet planes, aircraft engineers must have a good level of fitness.
Advances in computer technology, aircraft systems, and the materials used to manufacture airplanes have made engineers’ jobs more highly technical. Aircraft engineers must possess the skills necessary to troubleshoot and diagnose complex aircraft systems. They also must continually update their skills and knowledge of new technology and advances in aircraft technology.
The programme is divided into three sections:
Safety and theory components of the course must be completed before practical elements are undertaken
After successful completion of year 1, students will have completed the NMIT Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance).
The Certificate in Advanced Aircraft Maintenance is made up of courses of 15 and 30-credit size.
Course Credits Level
Basic Engineering (Year 1 Semester 1)
AME201 – Personal Development and Engineering Safety 15 2
AME301 -Trade Science and Administration 15 3
AME302 – Measurement, Precision, Assembly and Disassembly 15 3
AME303 – Metal Shop and Power-driven Machines 15 3
Mechanical Engineering (Year 1 Semester 2)
AME304 – Maintenance Practices and Aircraft Service 15 3
AME305 – Aircraft Systems and Controls 15 3
AME401 – Propulsion Systems 30 4
Technical Engineering (Year 2)
AME402 – Aircraft Structures, Construction and Skin Repair 15 4
AME501 – Gas Turbine Engines 30 5
AME502 – Aircraft Hydraulics and Environmental Systems 15 5
AME503 – Avionics Systems – Electrical 15
AME504 – Avionics Systems – Instruments & Radio/Radar 15 5
AME505 – Technical Administration and Work-based Training 30 5
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Forms of Assessment
Assessments can include theory exams, practical skills assessments, assignments, assessment of work-based training, attendance and attitude to study, colleagues and supervisors.
Recognition of Academic Credit
Students may apply to have relevant experience or qualifications recognised as academic credit for courses within this programme. Methods of recognition include Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Cross-Credit.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning is the application of credit towards a qualification awarded following formal appraisal of prior learning in respect of learning arising from life experience, work experience, informal and/or formal education or training.
Cross-Credit is the application of academic credit of a course towards an NMIT qualification, of a course already completed as part of another qualification that covers the same learning outcomes as the NMIT course and is at the same academic level. Applications for RPL or cross credit should be made to the Programme Leader. No fees apply to cross credit, but an RPL fee is charged for each course.
AME201 – Personal Development and Engineering Safety 15 credits Pre-requisite None
This course provides students with the skills and knowledge to be responsible workers. First-aid and safety in the workshop ensure that students take care of themselves, workshop equipment and colleagues. Students are taught how to use and maintain tools and equipment and are introduced to the flight line where much of their work will be carried out. Skills for personal development such as CV writing and communication skills are included in this course.
AME301 – Trade Science and Administration 15 credits Pre-requisite None
This course applies basic electrical principles to aircraft electrical circuits. The course covers selection, use and corrosion of engineering material, particularly metals. Engineering drawings are produced and analysed. Problem-solving and mathematics are also covered.
This course covers precise marking and measuring as well as assembling and disassembling components.
AME303 – Metal Shop and Power-Driven Machines 15 credits Pre-requisite None
This course teaches students care and use of power-driven tools and sheet metalwork equipment, as well as the skills needed for welding.
AME304 – Maintenance Practices and Aircraft Service 15 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of the Basic Engineering section of the certificate This course introduces the student to aircraft maintenance with special emphasis on fuel systems.
AME305 – Aircraft Systems and Controls 15 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of the Basic Engineering section of the certificate This course gives students further skills for aircraft maintenance, with particular emphasis on flight control systems, environmental systems, wheels, brakes and tyres.
AME401 – Propulsion Systems 30 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of the Basic Engineering section of the certificate Maintenance skills are expanded in this course to include reciprocating power plants and propellers, carburetion and ignition systems. Heat Engine Theory is also covered. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology 18
AME402 – Aircraft Structures, Construction and Skin Repair 15 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance) or equivalent. During this course, students learn how to manufacture and repair aircraft structures. Content ranges from interpreting manuals, looking at the philosophy of aircraft structural design, to the right tools, analysing structural damage and repair techniques.
This course also covers metal skin repairs, looking at underlying principles and studying corrosion, sealants and fasteners, as well as using tools and equipment for completing metal skin repairs.
AME501 – Gas Turbine Engines 30 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance) or equivalent This course deals with maintaining gas-turbine engines, systems and components.
AME502 – Aircraft Hydraulics and Environmental Systems 15 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance) or equivalent This course deals with hydraulic systems and fluids to maintain hydraulics. It follows on from how to refuel hydraulic systems and how to maintain them.
AME503 – Avionics Systems – Electrical 15 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance) or equivalent.
This course teaches students how to diagnose avionics faults and further develops the student’s skills in mathematics and physics. Electrical systems are studied in depth.
Completion of Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance) or equivalent This course teaches students how to diagnose avionics faults and further develops the student’s skills in mathematics and physics. Instrument, radio, radar and navigation systems are studied in depth.
AME505 – Technical Administration and Work-Based Training 30 credits Pre-requisite
Completion of Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Aircraft Maintenance) or equivalent This course is work-based training which includes reinforcing aviation administration. A work-based training agreement, signed by the employer, tutor and student is drawn up, from which the student is assessed.