Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

is Licensed Course runs under Directorate General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. Of India. A candidate requires a lot of skills to get awarded AME License. AME performs maintenance, repair of aircrafts & aircraft components. Candidate requires a lot of passions and skills to complete AME Course. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer may perform repairs, troubleshoot problems, and conduct inspections and upgradation of aircrafts. Before flight, AME is supposed to inspect the aircraft and after required maintenance & high level inspection along with his /her Technical team, he/she (Valid License Holder) certifies that the particular aircraft is fit to fly. In Indian aviation, Maintenance Department (AME & Technical Team) have very bright future. The golden era has been started who desire to build their career in aviation.

AME Course

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course Eligibility

The candidates who look forward to become an AME have to comply following eligibility criteria:-

  • Candidate must passed 10+2 PCM from any recognized board or university or its equivalent or AICTE approved 3 years engineering diploma in any stream or any higher qualification in science with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics .
  • The applicant should not have colour blindness and should have been assessed medically fit by a registered medical practitioner to perform the scope of work applied for.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course Duration

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course duration which are as follows:-

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course is a licensing Training program, to become eligible for Aircraft Maintenance Engineer license holder as per The Aircraft Rules 1937, Rule 61 and Civil Aviation Requirement(CAR-66).
    The candidates have to go for Basic Aircraft Maintenance Engineering training program form any CAR-147 Basic Training Organization approved by DGCA, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. After Completion of Basic Training, candidate have to go for practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft from any DGCA approved CAR-145 organization. During this candidate have to pass all the AME module examination as per their stream and chosen category of licensing (conducted by CEO-DGCA, Govt. of India). After acquiring the practical experience and passing all the modules examinations, Candidates will be eligible to undergo CAR-147 (type training program) with S-OJT(Structural On Job Training) to get the AME license in their respective category from DGCA Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India.

  • Candidates have to acquire Practical Maintenance experience on operating aircraft for a period of 5 years for Category B1.1, B1.3 and B2 and a period of 3 years for Category B1.2, B1.4 & B3 form any DGCA approved CAR-145 Organization. During tenure Candidates needs to clear all the AME modules examination as per their stream and chosen category of license (Conducted by CEO-DGCA, Govt. of India). After acquiring the practical experience and passing all the modules exams, Candidates are eligible to undergo the CAR-147 type training program with S-OJT(Structural On Job Training) to get the AME license in their respective category from DGCA Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course Streams

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course has limited and defined streams. It comprises of only 2 streams

  • Mechanical Stream: The syllabus related to the study of engine, airframe and Components of aircraft. It’s comprises License Category A and Category B1 & B3. Further It is classified into four Sub categories: -
    • A1 & B1.1: Aeroplane fitted with turbine engine.
    • A2 & B1.2: Aeroplane fitted with piston engine.
    • A3 & B1.3Helicopter fitted with turbine engine.
    • A4 & B1.4Helicopter fitted with piston engine.

  • Avionics Stream:The syllabus related to the study of Aircraft instruments, Electrical and Radio& Navigation systems of aircrafts. It’s related license category is Cat. B2.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course Syllabus:-

Module examinations related to each categories and Sub-categories are: -

Subject Modules A1 & B1.1 A2 & B1.2 A3 & B1.3 A4 & B1.4 B2 B3
3 Electrical fundamentals
4 Electronic fundamentals
5 Digital techniques electronic instrument systems
6 Materials and hardware
7A Maintenance Practices -
7B Maintenance Practices - - - - -
8 Basic Aerodynamics
9A Human Factors -
9B Human Factors - - - - -
10 Aviation legislation
11A Turbine aeroplane aerodynamics, structures and systems - - - - -
11B Piston aeroplane aerodynamics, structures and systems - - - - -
11C Piston aeroplane aerodynamics, structures and systems - - - - -
12 Helicopter aerodynamics, structures and systems - - - -
13 Aircraft aerodynamics, structures and systems - - - - -
14 Propulsion - - - - -
15 Gas turbine engine - - - -
16 Piston engine - - -
17A Propeller - - - -
17B Propeller - - - - -
Total 11 11 10 10 10 11
            Ref. CAR-66

Minimum Basic Training period of each category is listed below:

Basic course Duration in Hours Theoretical Training ratio(In Percentage)
A1 800 30 to 35
A2 650 30 to 35
A3 800 30 to 35
A4 800 30 to 35
B1.1 2400 50 to 60
B1.2 2000 50 to 60
B1.3 2400 50 to 60
B1.4 2400 50 to 60
B2 2400 50 to 60
B3 1000 50 to 60
    Ref. CAR-147(Basic) Appendix I

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Career Opportunities

Indian aviation industry is developing very fast which is good for those who wish to make their career in aviation. Air traffic in India is increasing day by day which is increasing the requirement of aircrafts. So all aircraft operators has ordered new aircraft fleets which creates the huge vacancies for AMEs & Technical personnel’s.

The AME Career Opportunities are at the following places:-

  • Airlines segment :- Airlines are the Organizations that provide air transport for the passenger’s & Logistic support. Prior to the take-off, Authorized/ Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(AME) has to inspect and troubleshoot the problems of aircrafts. Only after, issuing a certificate release to service(CRS) and Signing the valid documents, Aircrafts can move for further journey. These organization has a huge number of vacancies for the Engineers eligible to perform such tasks either on main base or transit stations.
  • Passenger Carriers:-
    • International Airlines: QATAR Airways, OMAN Air, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air New Zealand, Thai Airways, Virgin Atlantic, ANA wings, QANTAS, Etihad, Aeroflot, Turkish Airlines, Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific and many more.
    • Domestic Airlines: Air India, Indigo, Spicejet, Go Air, Air Vistara, Jet konnect, Air Asia India, Jet lite, Sky one Airways, Span Air Pvt. Ltd., VSR Ventures etc.
    • Regional Airlines: Regional Airlines Air Heritage, Flybig, Star Air, Trujet, Zoom Air, Alliance Air, Ventura Air connect, Air taxi, India One Airlines, Pawan Hans limited, TAJ Air, Supreme Airlines, UT Air, etc.
  • Freight Carriers/Logistic Suppliers:-
    • International Cargo Carriers: DHL Aviation, FedEx Air, Spice express, Air India Cargo, DTDC, Transcom etc.
    • Domestic Cargo Carrier: Blue dart Aviation, DHL, Spice express, Quick lift Airlines, Maruti Air Services etc.
  • Maintenance, Repair and Overhauls (MRO) industries:-MRO’s are those organizations, which Performs maintenance tasks on aircrafts and/or aircrafts components owned and operated by any other organization and persons. It can be understood as a service center of Aircraft. There are large numbers of such organizations offers a great career to the Maintenance engineers. eg. AIESL(Air India Engineering services limited),GMR Aero Technic, Airworks India, Indamer Aviation, Bird Execujet, Shaurya Aviation Pvt.Ltd., Spicejet Techinc, Tentacles Aerologisticstix Pvt. Ltd., Ghodawat Enterprises Pvt Ltd (M/s Star Air), Thumby Aviation Pvt.Ltd, Globe MRO Services Pvt. Ltd, Max MRO services Pvt. Ltd. etc.


  • Component Workshops:-Workshops repairs and maintain especially aircrafts component. A huge number of Engineers also work there for the repair and modification of Components and troubleshooting of errors of the component. eg. Varman Aviation, Magnum Aviation, Arrow Aviation Services, Southeast Aerospace, Instrulab, Vertical Aerospace, Minerva Aviation Services, Turbo Jet Engines Pvt Ltd, Instrument Avion, NSCB Aviation(P) Ltd, Innovative Aviation Private Limited, Haveus Aerotech India Pvt. Ltd, Zexus Air Services Pvt. Ltd


  • Aircraft Manufacturing Companies:- Aircraft are made up of numerous parts. To make these parts separately on a large scale organizations offer Maintenance engineers to join their manufacturing team to enhance the skills. There are large number of young AME’s works there to improve their skills and enhancing knowledge of various type of aircrafts parts. eg.: TATA-BOEING Aerospace limited, SAFRAN group, SR Propellers, Fly hawk Aviation and many more.

  • General Aviation & Non Scheduled operators:- There are several flying clubs in all over India which maintain their own aircrafts which is operated for the training purpose of Student Pilot flight training program. State govt. also has their own aircrafts which carry the ministers and guests of state govt. and Govt. of India. They also appoint Aircraft Maintenance Engineers for each of their aircrafts.
    A large numbers of Non-Scheduled Air operator operates their aircrafts in all over India providing Air Ambulance facility, Charter Services, Joy rides, Special Devotional journey plans and Rescue and Film shooting facilities.


  • Flying Clubs:- MP Flying club, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy, Redbird Flight Training Academy, Bihar Flying club, Bombay flying club, Chimes Aviation Academy, Pioneer Flying Academy, Assam Flying Club, Aviator Co-Opt. Society Ltd., Academy of Carver Aviation, etc.

  • State Hangars:- Govt. of Jharkhand Aviation Wing, Airports Authority of India, Govt. of Bihar Civil Aviation, Directorate of Aviation Govt. of MP, Govt. of Uttrakhand, BSF Air wing and so many govt. organizations.

  • Non-Scheduled Operators (Charter and Chopper Services): Pawan Hans limited, Air one Aviation, Global Vectra, Global Konnect, Air charter services, Pinnacle Air services, Heligo charters, Ventura Air Connect, Club One Air, Deccan Charters, Jagson Airlines, VRL Air, Baron Aviation, Airmid Aviation, Alchemist Airways, AR Airways, Ashley Aviation, Chipsan Aviation, Blue ray Aviation, Fairwinds Aviation, Ferm Aviation, Forum 1 Aviation, Indo Pecific Aviation, OSS Air Management etc.

  • Joy Rides and Special Devotional trip Providers: Himalayan Heli Services, Heritage Aviation, Prabhu Helicopters, Transbharat Aviation, Kestral Aviation, Bajaj Aviation, Dhillon Aviation, Jet Serve Aviation Pvt. Ltd., SAR Aviation, Saarthi Airways etc.

  • Indian paramilitary Forces:Aircraft Maintenance engineers/License holders are also offered to serve as an officer rank(Asst. Commandent) in Aviation wings of BSF, ITBP and other paramilitary forces.

  • Technical Publishers: There are so many organizations which provide documentation support in Aircraft Industry. For the maintenance data required by several Operators and Maintenance Organizations these organizations prepare all kind of controlled documents of various aircrafts. There are large number of students employed there, enhancing their soft skills and knowledge. eg. Capgemini, Aviotrix Aerospace, IBM, GLOINNT, Cyient, Ansys, Opal-RT, Delaware Resource group of olkahoma

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Admission Procedure (AME RAT)

For getting admission in AME institute a candidate has to go through a sequence of procedures:-

  • A candidate has to fill the form for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Redwings Aptitude Test (AMERAT) by the paying 1000/- INR examination fees through online.
  • After declaration of result, as per the merit of the candidate, He/she will get scholarship and will get admission in AME institute.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering License Category

  • Category A :-: license holder to issue certificates for release to service after minor scheduled line maintenance and simple defect rectification within the limits of maintenance tasks specifically endorsed on the authorisation issued by a maintenance organisation approved under rule 133B for the broad category of aircraft endorsed on the licence and the certification privileges shall be restricted to the work carried out by the license holder himself in the maintenance organization that issues the authorisation.

  • Category B1 :- licence holder to issue certificates for release to service and act as support staff following the maintenance performed on aircraft structure, powerplant, mechanical and electrical systems, work on avionics system requiring simple tests to prove their serviceability and not requiring trouble shooting, in respect of an aircraft type endorsed on the licence.
    NOTE: (a) Category B1 shall include the appropriate sub-category of Category A.

  • Category B2 :-:

licence holder to issue ―

    • (a) certificates of release to service after maintenance on avionic and electrical systems, avionics and electrical system within engine and mechanical systems requiring only simple tests to prove their serviceability of aircraft type endorsed on the licence;
    • (b)certificates of release to service after minor scheduled line maintenance and simple defect rectification within the limits of tasks specifically endorsed on the certification authorisation issued by an approved maintenance organisation of aircraft type endorsed on the licence and this certification privilege shall be restricted to work that the licence holder has personally performed in the maintenance organisation which issued the certification authorisation and limited to the rating already endorsed on the licence.

  • Category B3 :-: licence holders to issue certificates of release to service after maintenance on aeroplane structure, engine and mechanical and electrical systems, work on avionic systems requiring only simple tests to prove their serviceability and not requiring troubleshooting of ‘piston-engine non-pressurised aeroplanes of 2000 kg Maximum Take-off Mass and below.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course fee Structure

In Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course candidate have to complete Basic Training program under CAR-147 Basic from DGCA approved Organizations. During this academic program candidate has to pay academic fees at AME institute which is approx. 4 to 6 Lakhs as total course fee. Candidate has to pay the fee semester wise. Candidate will get scholarship as per the merit list of our AMERAT examination and it will depend on other several factors which will be discussed at the time of admission.

After completing this academic program candidate has to go minimum 02 years for practical maintenance experience on operating aircrafts at CAR-145 Organizations approved by (DGCA) Govt. of India.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Course Salary

After acquiring of practical experience and passing all the AME module exams conducted by CEO-DGCA (for particular stream), the AME license will be issued to the candidates from DGCA, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India (as per CAR-66). AME is the hottest career with responsibility of safety and security of Aircraft and its passengers. Not only salary even this job earns a lot of respect. The salary of AME is extraordinary in India as well in abroad.
The salary package of the candidate may be 06-24 lakh per annum in India and in abroad 24-60 lakh per annum (depends on the category of license) after achieving the AME License.