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How can I become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in India?

The DGCA, Govt of India makes regulations as the acceptable means of compliance and grants approval for the maintenance and training organisations in India. The regulatory guidelines stipulate two modes for the grant of AME license which requires

  1. Undergoing Basic Training from the DGCA Approved AME Colleges.
  2. Covering un-organized training & getting relaxations in the work experience.

In the Basic training concept, CAR 147 or the Institutes of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering are being given approval after demonstrating training and quality standards. The AME Courses offered by these Aircraft Maintenance Engineering colleges are strictly in sync with the curriculum issued by the DGCA. Thus, the candidates enrolled in them are covering the syllabus which is aviation industry-centric. If these courses are covered by the Best AME Colleges in India, the chances of passing the module exams and the scope of employability becomes much higher. The course duration in these AME colleges ranges from 1 to 2 years. In parallel to their training, they need to appear and clear the DGCA module exams in the relevant category, which are organised quarterly by the Central Examination Office of the DGCA. Post completion of training hours and clearing of the module exams, a candidate is awarded a “Certificate of Recognition” which is the first step toward the grant of AME license. These candidates then need 2 years of recorded work experience from an airline operator or an aircraft maintenance organisation before they submit their recorded aviation experience to the authority for the grant of Aircraft Maintenance License.

Under un-organised training, a recorded work experience of 5 years is to be demonstrated to the DGCA from any airline operator or the maintenance organisation. This demonstration of record without any prior technical qualification becomes very difficult to achieve. For the Engineering graduates, the DGCA gives them a relaxation of one year from the total of 5 years duration. However, the passing module exams in the relevant category without any previous training still remains a big hurdle and its clearance is a must to apply for the grant of DGCA Aircraft Maintenance License.

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