Frequently Asked Questions

What is Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME)?

All aircraft operated by Indian airlines and registered in India are required to be maintained to the highest standards as laid down by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is part of the Govt. of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and is responsible for ensuring all aspects of safety in aircraft operations in India. An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) keeps aircraft in working order through maintenance, repairs and inspections. They are responsible for ensuring an aircraft operates properly and safely. A maintenance engineer may make repairs, troubleshoot problems, conduct inspections and make upgrades to aircrafts. Daily duties may include keeping records of and performing scheduled maintenance and making emergency repairs.

What is the minimum qualification required to get admission in this course?

All students who have passed their Class Xll examination with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from a recognized board or university or its equivalent with a minimum aggregate of 45% in Class Xll are eligible to apply for PUNE IAT’s two-year CAR 147 Basic AME Training Program and B.Sc Aviation 3 year regular program. All students who have appeared for the Class Xll examination and whose results are not available will be considered as provisionally eligible. In order to be eligible, the student must also be generally medically-fit and should not suffer from colour blindness and/or night blindness. Foreign students need to obtain security clearance through DGCA for admission to the course.

What are the branches/ streams of AME course?

PUNE IAT is offering CAR 147 Basic AME Training Course in two categories:
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME)
a) Category B1.1 (Aeroplanes Turbine)
b) Category B2 (Avionics)
B.Sc. Aviation (3 Years Full Time) – Affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University

What is DGCA and what is the role of DGCA in getting AME License?

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is the regulatory body governing the safety aspects of civil aviation in India. DGCA is the appellate authority who issues the license to be an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in India.

The AME plays a vital role in the aviation industry to ensure that aircrafts are maintained to the highest standards and as laid down by the DGCA. In the course of their duties, AME’s are responsible for servicing and maintenance of the aircraft which includes repairs, replacements, overhaul and inspection of the aircraft, aircraft components and other related items of equipment. An AME is the key person in-charge of the fitness or the health of an aircraft. Each flight has to go through a Daily Inspection (DI) before it is allowed to take off. Routine inspections are done on strict periodic intervals depending upon the hours of flight. No aircraft can take off without a Certificate Release to Service (CRS) issued from an AME.

How is the AME course curriculum designed?

AME course consists of total four semesters of six months for theory and practical in each category i.e. B1.1 (Aeroplane Turbine) and B2 (Avionics). The syllabi are primarily differentiated module wise in B1.1 (Aeroplane Turbine) Category and B2 (Avionics) Category. Pune IAT has entered into long term agreement with Air India Ltd., Air Works India (Engineering) Private Limited, Indamer Aviation Private Limited for imparting practical training to its students at their maintenance facility at Mumbai, Bangalore as required by DGCA guidelines under CAR 147 Basic. Practical training at Air India Ltd., Air Works India (Engineering) Private Limited, Indamer Aviation Private Limited facilities are planned module-wise for both the categories.

What are the salient features of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) course?

The AME training courses are designed to give students a comprehensive knowledge of the aircrafts, their systems and good maintenance practices to equip the students to become skilled and competent aircraft maintenance professionals. The syllabus covers knowledge of Indian Aircraft Rules, Civil Aviation Requirements, theoretical and practical training, technical knowledge of design, construction, maintenance and operation of aircraft, engines, systems and aircraft materials used in the construction of air-frames, engines and accessories; knowledge of engineering practices and skill in the use of various equipment; knowledge of good maintenance practices, human factors and human performance, necessary judgment and competence required to assess the airworthiness of aircraft and its equipment, etc.

What are the future prospects of the aviation industry in India?

Aviation industry (also aviation sector) refers to the industries and organizations, engaged in the various aspects of aviation, such as airlines manufacturing, airlines flying, operating, maintenance, ground-handling, training centres, airports and regulatory bodies. India’s civil aviation industry is on a high-growth trajectory. India aims to become the third-largest aviation market by 2026.The domestic aviation sector is projected to employ nearly four million people in two decades, driven by improved economic activities and labour productivity, says a study instituted by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Their estimate indicates that by 2035, the Indian civil aviation sector (across the study segments of airport, airlines, cargo, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) and ground handling will employ 0.8 to 1 million personnel directly and another 3 million indirectly.

What are the job prospects for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers?

On passing out from Pune IAT, a student may consider several career options to join an airline, an aviation related organization or an MRO as an assistant, Technician, Junior Trainee/Engineer subject to the requirement of these companies and provided the students meet the selection criteria and recruitment standards of such companies. Except civil aviation in India, there are several other job prospects where AME candidates are being absorbed like Foreign Aviation Industries, Defence Aviation Industries, Aviation IT Organization, On-wing Maintenance Support, Training Organizations, etc.

Why should I take admission in PUNE IAT?

PUNE IAT aims to be the finest school for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in India, offering world-class education and practical knowledge, fully meeting the standards of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation, Govt. of India. With its professional and internationally experienced faculty, backed by state-of-the art equipment and modern teaching aids, Pune IAT is producing Aircraft Maintenance Engineering personnel of an outstanding quality and standard.

Difference between AME & other courses like Aeronautical/ Aeronautics Engineering?

Aircraft Maintenance engineering course is a specialize training program for maintenance and certification of aircraft for safe flight, this is a licensing program like pilots and the license will be issued by DGCA, Govt. of India. Only license holder AMEs can maintain and certify the aircraft before each flight, that’s why license is mandatory to become an AME. Aeronautical/ Aeronautics Engineering deals with designing new aircraft that are limited to the earth’s atmosphere and deal with the concepts, components and forces that affect the aircraft. For example, aerodynamics, avionics, materials science and propulsion.