It is one of the highly rewarding technical courses with immense job opportunities for 10+2 science students and 3 years Diploma holders leading to issue of licence from Director General of Civil Aviation (D.G.C.A.), Govt. of India for maintaining aeroplanes as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. The course is approved and conducted in training institutes approved by D.G.C.A., Govt. of India.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is the sole responsible for the maintenance and overhaul of aircraft, aero engine, instruments, electrical and radio equipment and their accessories. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer issues the certificate of flight release which declares the aircraft airworthy and fit for flying.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is the key person who is responsible for the upkeep of the aircraft and maintain it to the standard of International Civil Aviation.
The total training period of the course is three years covered in six semesters.
Some important organisations where the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers find placement. Indian Airlines, Air India, Air India Chartered Services, Alliance Air, Pawan Hans Limited, Flying Training Institutes of all states in India, A.M.E. Training Organisations, Agro Aviation, Public Sector (SAIL/ONGC), Big business having their own aviation wings, State Govt. Aviation Department, National Airport Authority, National Remote Sensing Agency, Director General of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India, Coast Guard (Central Govt.), Jet Airways, Sahara Air Lines, Deccan Aviation Pvt. Limited, U.B. Airways, Jagson Air Lines, MESCO Air Lines, Private Air Taxi Operators, H.A.L. (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), N.A.L.(National Aeronautical Laboratory), T.A.A.L. (Taneja Aerospace & Aviation Limited), Air Deccan, Kingfisher Airlines, Spice Air etc.
As on today Aircraft Maintenance Engineer licence holders are in acute shortage. Very few A.M.E. licence holders are unemployed, whereas in the other technical fields there is a lot of unemployment.
If a person possessing degree in any branch of Aeronautical Engineering desires to become an AME he / she should have AME licence issued by DGCA ( Govt. of India ) for which he / she has to acquire practical work experience as stipulated in Civil Aviation Requirements and pass the AME licence papers conducted by D.G.C.A. thereafter.
Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineers salary is very lucrative and very attractive perks. A.M.E.s are some of the highly paid professionals.
Till date there is no equivalency to this course. Only those persons can become Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who have undergone the training in aviation and passed the A.M.E. licence examination papers conducted by D.G.C.A. (Govt. of India) who is the sole authority for issuing licence to Aircraft Maintenance Engineers and Pilots in civil aviation in India.
Absolutely no age barrier to pass the paper and to obtain the licence. There is no age limit for the purpose of employment, in most of the companies there is no age bar for the retirement. A.M.E.s are in acute shortage hence licenced engineers remain employed as long as they are medically fit, except in the Govt. Organizations where retirement at a particular age is mandatory but after retirement also he/she can work as Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in private Sector.
Civil Aviation in India has progressed rapidly in the past few years and contributed a lot in the economic development of the country. The rapid expansion of civil aviation industry is due to globalization of trade, liberalisation and upward mobility in large middle class of Indian population.