In this article, we will cover tips that will help you choosing an aircraft training centre in Europe, but we will also prompt you with some personal questions that you have to make to yourself to really get started with the right foot. So be ready for a little reflection time during the reading of the article and we hope that these tips will be useful for you.
1. What are your expectations for the future as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician (AMT)?
It may seem a question right out of a work interview but there is really a lot to learn from a response to this question. First of all, whatever you become in the future will be a result of what you do today. So have you given some thought to what you would like to be doing every day at work in the future? There are many options as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician, and all of them have ups and downs.
You could do line work or hangar work, for instance. That is to say, you should decide on whether you like to work outdoors or indoors; whether you like to have all your tools ready and time to think on how to fix something at the hangar, or you like the rush of being short on both resources and time on the apron.
Those are only some of the differences each option poses. There are many others, most of them, as you will discover, does not even concern the technical side of the matter. For instance, hangar shifts are more organised, while in line shifts are quite hectic and it might be difficult to reach life-work balance if you go for that choice. So take some time, close your eyes for a minute, and think of yourself at work in the future… What do you see?
2. What aircraft types interest you the most?
Another important aspect of planning your professional career is what Type Training you are interested in. It’s crucial to determine what are the aircrafts that call your attention and cross that with information with which aircraft models are in demand today. The intersection between those two pieces of data will be the difference between a future struggling for job positions to apply to and one full of opportunities.
And don’t worry, airlines also like powerful, solid, efficient and elegant aircrafts to do their aircraft MRO, so you most probably will at least find a couple of matches. Some of the most common ones among Aircraft Maintenance Technicians are Boeing 737 Type Training, A320 Type Training, and Type Training ATR-72 500.
3. Have you thought about where you want your Aircraft Type Training centre to be located?
The course takes about a month and a half if we are talking about theoretical and practical parts, so it’s important to think where you would like to be during that time. Considering the weather of the area may have not crossed your mind yet with all the technical decisions at stake, but it is a factor to consider.
You will need to be focused on your training, so you better feel comfortable to move around and about the area. If you have to think on how to get to the training centre in bad weather or whether that practical exercise outdoors will be possible, you will have noise in your head preventing you from focusing on your education.
Or maybe it is the contrary, and you feel better in cold weather and love a peaceful rainy afternoon. Whatever the case, factor in weather when making the final decision on which centre to attend.
4. Are you comfortable with the Aircraft Training Centre you have chosen?
As we have covered in previous posts, choosing the aircraft maintenance training centre is kind of 80% of your success. It’s important to verify what kind of certifications it has, comments of previous students and the quality of their facilities.
Your objective should be to get a license that allows you to work all across Europe, with the highest quality of knowledge acquired in the shortest period of time to get started in the labour market.
Part 147 Approved Training Centres are the place to go: This certification endorses the contents the centre includes in the courses, the course structure, the amount of hours of practical training you should have, etc. Most of the research you would do yourself has already been done by a renowned organization if you choose a certified course.
5. Have you checked on the instructors?
Just like the centre can make the difference, so do the instructors. A true teacher knows how to present the students with new information, makes the class entertaining, and shares more knowledge that what comes included in the curricula because they have real experience on the field. Go ahead and search online on the Training centre website whether they show a list of instructors or just don’t be afraid to ask for their resumes.
6. Are you familiar with the programme offered?
You may think that the type training programs is the same everywhere, but this is not the case. The Aircraft Maintenance Type Training has a theoretical part and a practical part. So first you learn in the classroom, with visual material and manuals, and then you get to the hands-on job to test your newly acquired knowledge.
It’s a smart move to check whether the Aircraft Training centre you are considering offers both parts. You will be surprised to find that some of them offer only one of them, or you have to move to another facility to complete the practical part. At least make sure you know what is the case in each centre, then you can decide if it suits your needs.
7. Will you be able to practice?
If for any reason it suits you to start with the Type Training theoretical part only, make sure you will be able to put your knowledge into practice later. You will have to enrol in another centre or another location that offers the type training practical part separated, so all the centre selection process we are addressing here will have to be done again. And, of course, without the Type Training practical part completed, you will not get your license.
8. How much investment is needed?
Yes, let me say “investment” instead of talking about a price. You will be investing in your education, but it is not only because of that that I’m choosing this term in particular: The price of the course is not all the money you will need. You have to consider the time you are going to spend at that location, accommodation expenses, food, transport, etc. Just make sure you consider all expenses when calculating the budget needed and not just the price of the course.
9. Is the course available in your mother tongue or, at least, in English?
Well, this one may seem obvious but make sure you check on that! And also, if the course is available in English and you do not master this language as much, at least comment on this with the centre to determine whether your level is enough to master the classes. Remember that a lot of knowledge will be exchanged and you do not want to miss a word!
10. Are the facilities in good conditions?
Another quite obvious one, but it is worth mentioning it because you have to not only look for clean and tidy but make sure their training facilities and hangar, if there is any, is modern, spacious, and has all tools needed for the training. Check on the classrooms, if there are break areas and make sure you will be comfortable across all the theoretical hours. And above all, as with any other service, and let me go over this one more time: check online comments of previous students!
Hope we have answered with this article to the most important questions and solved some doubts about choosing an Aircraft Type Training centre in Europe. That’s it, go do your research now!
If you need some extra information about this theme, just leave a question below and we will do our best to try help you out and answer your question.