Monday 14 October 2019

Going to College: Opportunities for school-leavers who fancy a career in aviation

Guidance counsellor Aoife Walsh
Guidance counsellor Aoife Walsh

Aoife Walsh

My students are fascinated by careers in aviation. One role that is always popular with them is that of aircraft maintenance mechanic. There are a number of ways of getting into this field and although Aer Lingus will not begin recruiting until April, there are a number of organisations recruiting now.

Dublin Aerospace will accept applications for their apprenticeship programme in aircraft mechanics until this Friday, March 29, and for the mechanical automation and maintenance fitter programme until April 12.

The aircraft mechanic (or aircraft technician) role involves the inspection, maintenance, and repair of the aircraft's structure, engines, electrical and avionics systems. This is a four-year programme. The learning aspect will take place in both Dublin and Shannon. After two years, the apprentice should be in a position to apply for an EASA Part 66 Category A licence. On completion, the successful apprentice will receive a QQI Level 6 advanced certificate and will also be in a position to apply for EASA Part 66 Category B aircraft maintenance engineer's licence.

Applicants must have a minimum of grade C at ordinary level or a grade D at higher Level in Junior Cert English, maths, science and two other subjects or O6 grades at Leaving Cert in the same subjects. More information on

If a four-year apprenticeship seems too much of a commitment, Lufthansa Technik Shannon is recruiting for its aircraft maintenance technician training programme in conjunction with the City of Dublin Education and Training Board. The programme is conducted in both the Finglas Training Centre and a host aircraft maintenance facility, which may be in Shannon.

This is not an apprenticeship, but does provide the opportunity to participate in both learning in the classroom and applying knowledge in the workplace. On completion, participants may apply to the Irish Aviation Authority for their EASA Cat A aircraft maintenance licence. They may upgrade this licence as they gain more experience and examinations.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a H5 or O4 in Leaving Cert maths, while a H5 or O4 in a technical subject would be an advantage. More information at

Stobart Air is recruiting aircraft engineer apprentices. This programme is based in both Shannon and Dublin Airport and TU Dublin. Applicants must achieve an O5 or higher in Leaving Cert maths, English and one technical subject, which may include home economics or a science. A CV should show an interest in how things work and fit together, and should be emailed to

Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin

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