Having made the decision of going forward with the Type Training may have taken you a while. Now it’s time for you to decide where to enrol to complete it. This decision is not trivial at all, as it may make the difference in your professional future.
As with any other profession, your aircraft maintenance training is the foundation of the competences you will be able to acquire, with the respective impact on your income and career opportunities. So, let’s go over some key aspects to help you decide what EASA Part 147 aircraft maintenance training centre to join this year.
EASA Part 147 and Part 66
As we covered in other posts, it is recommended to join an EASA Part-147 approved training organisation so as to be able to work all around Europe and to have an education aligned with official European aviation safety standards.
EASA Part-147 is the regulation by the European Aviation Safety Agency that defines the training standards that a Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) has to achieve so as to be approved to deliver training and examinations against EASA Part-66.
In turn, EASA Part-66 regulates the knowledge requirements for certifying staff in EASA Part-145 approved maintenance training organisations. EASA Part-66 describes the following categories of certifying staff:A Maintenance Certifying Mechanic
B1 Maintenance Certifying Technician – Mechanical
B2 Maintenance Certifying Technician – Avionics
C Base Maintenance Certifying Engineer
You are required to attend a specific course, pass the examinations, and provide proof of relevant work experience gained within an EASA Part-145 approved maintenance organisation or equivalent. Such standard establishes the characteristics a MTO must meet to be considered valid. So as you can see, there are many standards involved, but it all boils down to choosing the right aircraft maintenance training, that means to complete it at a EASA Part-147 approved centre.
The Importance of Aircraft Type Training
If you have made the decision of going for an EASA Technical Type Training, that means that you also have determined what aircraft model you’d like to get to know to the last detail. Type Training is the next step when you have already acquired your AMT License but want to make sure you have better job opportunities, professional growth, and more exciting tasks to face at work.
Having an EASA part 147 aircraft maintenance training course completed you will be able to install, maintain and repair aircraft structures, airframes and engines, and aircraft radio, avionic (electronic) and mechanical systems on the aircraft of your choice. To determine which aircraft model to go for, most AMT take into consideration the models currently being used in commercial flights, as this ensures there is demand for AMTs with knowledge on those aircraft's in the market.
After taking a look at market stats, the usual choice is Airbus A230 Type Training and/or Boeing 737 Type Training, but there are others also in the list, in case you like them better, such as Boeing 777 Type Training and Airbus A330 Type Training. Once you know which aircraft interests you and understand the importance of selecting an EASA Part-147 approved centre, you are almost ready to go through the lists of approved centre available online but, how to tell the difference among them? Aren’t them all the same if they are all EASA approved? Well, the answer to that is simply ‘no’. There are many aspects you need to take into account.
Choosing Type Training Centre
For starters, it’s crucial that you decide where you want the centre to be located. Are you looking for one in your country or abroad? This decision will affect not only the costs associated to the training but also your experience throughout it. If you decide to take the course abroad, there are key aspects to consider.
Check the languages in which the course is offered and consider the weather at the location of choice. In other words, make sure you are going to feel comfortable understanding the contents as well as living there day in-day out as there will be a lot of new information to absorb and you better be fully focused instead of home-sick.
Was you got that covered, consider other certifications the centres may have. Not all of them offer other certifications besides being EASA Part 147 approved, or collaborations with renown aviation companies offering them personalized training programmes.
The backgrounds of the instructors involved are also something we recommend you to check on. Remember that the quality of the training is directly related to the experience of the instructor, but also those instructors are your first contact with the labour market. If they are currently active and working at renown aviation companies, they can pass on daily experiences in the real work environment and also maybe recommend you for a specific position in the future.
Request the training program if it is not available online on the centre website, so that you get to know not only the contents but also the timings and distribution of the different parts of the training. Remember that Type Training is divided into a practical part and a theoretical part. Not all of the centres offer both of them, as they may have classrooms but not a hangar where to train applicants in real life situations so they can translate all the theory into hands-on tasks.
This brings us to the facilities: check they are in general good conditions but also verify material available as regards tools and aircrafts to work on during the practical part of the course. The easier way of getting reliable information on these aspects is to resort to forums where you will find comments and reviews of previous students telling about their experiences at the centres.
And last but not least, make sure you really know how much the course will be for you, that means that you should not only consider the price of the course but also the cost of living if you are moving to another country.
There is a lot to consider but once you’ve gone through it all, you can be sure you are making a thoughtful decision, considering the impact Type Training will have in your future as an aircraft maintenance professional.