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Air Corps Apprentice Aircraft Technician

Defence ForcesIrelandApprenticeshipFull-time

We're looking for motivated people who enjoy working in a team environment. Successful candidates will become part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the fleet.

The training complies with the Technical University Dublin Education awards and graduates of this programme will be eligible for a Bachelor of Engineering in Military Aviation Technology. Successful candidates, upon qualification, will also receive Solas accreditation and an EASA Part 66 Category B licence.

Successful candidates will also be the first to avail of our newly refurbished hostel accommodation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and younger than 23 years old on the closing date for applications.

Who we want

Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Air Corps aircraft, their airframes, engines, systems and equipment. The Air Corps is seeking young, enthusiastic and technically minded individuals who are looking for the opportunity not just to learn a new trade but also practice it in challenging situations. Trainee Technicians undergo their academic training at the Technical Training School, located in Casement Aerodrome, the home of the Air Corps.

Aircraft Technician in the Air Corps

On successful completion of a seven (7) month military training course, the trainee technician will commence their academic studies.

The Technical Training Programme is a whole-time programme of three and a half years duration.

The Air Corps Technical Training School is EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) approved part 147 training organization. The Technical Training School is accredited by the technological University Dublin, TU Dublin, to deliver the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree in Military Aviation Technology. Through these programmes the trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance on avionics or fixed or rotary wing aircraft, and power plant.

The EASA modules (Theory and Workshop Practical’s) and their associated examinations are completed entirely, prior to the trainees’ advancement through advanced access to the Bachelor Engineering Technology Degree in Military Aviation Technology.

The programme will consist of;

  • Lectures
  • Practical lessons
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Work placement
  • Dissertation and Group Project
  • Course administration
  • Examinations/tests

The subjects covered are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Electrical FundamentalsElectronic Fundamentals
  • Digital Techniques/ Electronic Instrument Systems
  • Materials and Hardware
  • Maintenance Practices
  • Aerodynamics
  • Human Factor
  • Aviation Legislation
  • Turbine Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems – Fixed Wing Aircraft
  • Helicopter Aerodynamics, Structures, and Systems – Rotary Wing Aircrafts
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems - Avionic
  • Propulsion
  • Gas Turbine Engine
  • Propellers
  • On Aircraft Practical Experience
  • Dissertation and Group Project
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Aviation Legislation – Military
  • Maintenance Management Systems


To qualify, a candidate shall at the time of application be:
(i) a citizen of the State,
be any other person who has a lawful entitlement to reside and work within the State for the period of time that is required for the purpose of any such appointment.
(ii) be of good character and satisfy any security clearance requirement.
(iii) meet the required minimum standards of medical and physical fitness.


Candidates must be 18 years of age or above and under 23 years of age on 14 Feb 2020.
Please note that the upper age limit may be the subject of review in advance of future Competitions.

Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Air Corps.

On enlistment, a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in the Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent. The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at ordinary level, including Mathematics, English or Irish or National Equivalent qualification and one of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Construction Studies or other STEM subject (scientific, technical, engineering, mathematical).

Foundation Level and Leaving Cert Applied subjects are not reckonable.

Please note that the specific minimum grades in the Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent may be the subject of review in advance of future competitions.

A successful candidate will be enrolled in the Bachelor Engineering Tec (Ord) Aviation Technology Degree i.e. DT011, which isthe civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute –Technological University Dublin. All Air Corps Apprentice Technicians will sit the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Par 66 Modules to obtain theoretical knowledge for EASA B1.1(FW Turbine) or B1.3 (RW Turbine) or B2 (avionics) license requirements.

All students will be registered with SOLAS and on successful completion of the requirements set out in the Aircraft Mechanic curriculum will be awarded a National Craft Certificate.

Candidates must be in good mental and bodily health and free from any physical defect, abnormality, physiological condition or history of serious illness likely to interfere with the efficient performance of his/her Military duties.
a. Height:
The minimum height requirement is 157.48 cm. Physical standards and weight must be in keeping with height and age.
b. Vision:
Vision must be not less than 6/36 in each eye, corrected to not less than 6/6 in one eye and 6/9 in the other. Normal night and colour vision are required. Both eyes must be free from disfiguring or incapacitating abnormality and free from acute or chronic disease. There must be no evidence of squint or latent squint. The eligibility, or not, of applicants who have had previous incisional or laser treatment to correct visual acuity will be determined at the Medical Examination. Please see Annex B for further information.'
c. Dental:
Candidates must be free from any serious periodontal disease and possess teeth to a specific standard, which is not less than the equivalent of eleven over eleven natural teeth functionally opposed. In certain circumstances, artificial teeth may be acceptable.
d. Hearing:
A good standard of unaided hearing is essential. Candidates will be required to undergo audiometric examination at which:
(1) The sum of the hearing threshold at 1,2,3, 4 and 6 kHz should not exceed the age and gender related warning levels contained in the "Guidelines on Hearing Checks and Audiometry Regulations 2007", issued by the Health and Safety Authority.
(2) Candidates must be able to hear all measured pure tones up to and including 8 kHz at 20dB in each ear. Candidates must also be free from acute or chronic ear disorders.
Candidates are advised to avoid all sources of loud noise and music for a period of 48 hours priorto this examination as exposure to such noise may adversely affect the results of the examination.


The Aircraft Trainee Technician Programme is approximately 4 and a half years (4.5) years in duration. The initial seven (7) months is spent in military training learning the basics of soldiering. Thereafter the technical training programme, incorporating the EASA and the degree programmes, is delivered in the Technical Training School.


Aircraft Trainee Technicians will hold the rank of Apprentice during their training and are paid from the day that they join the Defence Force

Candidates must apply online to

Applications for an Air Corps Apprentice Aircraft Technician must be made on the official electronic application form available at Candidates wishing to undertake the assessment process through Irish must highlight this request in their on-line application. The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 Feb 2020.

All correspondence with candidates will be done by email for the duration of the competition. Candidates should ensure the email address given is accurate and correct. Each application is acknowledged automatically within 24 hours. If an acknowledgement is not received within 48 hours of applying, candidates should immediately contact the Defence Forces Recruitment Section at: 045 492553/492555 or Lo-call 1890 426555 or at

Likewise, if an applicant’s email address should change, the onus is on the applicant to make contact with the Defence Forces Recruitment Section immediately advising them of the change of email address. Candidates who are required to attend for psychometric testing as outlined under Selection Procedure below must bring valid identification, Passport/National ID card or Driving Licence as proof of identity. Candidates who are called to attend for Interview will be required to bring their long form Birth Certificate.

Closing Date for this competition is 14th February 2020.

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