Aircraft maintenance engineers maintain, repair, service, install and test components of aircraft and aircraft systems. This competition assesses the skills and abilities of competitors entering the field of aviation, mechanical and avionic engineering.

This competition has been designed to reflect the role of an aircraft engineer and the standards that are expected within the aviation industry.

See how Haydn’s career has progressed after competing.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Problem-solving

  • Attention to detail

  • Communication skills

  • Troubleshooting

  • Analytical

  • Project management

  • Time-management

  • Health and safety

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Entry criteria

  • The competition is intended for those studying, training and/or working in the aircraft maintenance/manufacturing industry.
  • The competition is based on the standards attained by trainees who are studying or enrolled on a level three programme or who have achieved a level three qualification in the last 12 months or who have gained their EASA Part 66 Qualification. (Up to level three for England, Northern Ireland and Wales, up to level six for Scotland or up to five years’ experience in a working environment).

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The entry stage of this competition is a online test, sent out when registrations closes on the 15h of April 2024.

The entry test consists of multiple choice type questions. It is to be completed within 1 hour. It will be timed.

It covers a range of relevant topics and is aimed at challenging and assessing your knowledge of general and specific topics of aircraft maintenance.

When all registered entrants have completed the entry test, you will be notified if you have scored high enough to progress to the National Qualifying round.

The entry stage closes 29th of April 2024.

Live Qualifiers will commence the week of 17th of June 2024.

The following venues have been confirmed:

  • Coleg Cambria, Deeside

Competition consists of three stances each one hour in duration. A competitor will be allocated a time and date and complete all tasks within a single AM or PM. Unsuitability of assigned time/date are to be discussed with the Coleg Cambria Competitions Team.

To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC)

Age-eligible competitors who show the highest skills, passion, and drive from the national finals will be given the opportunity to compete to train for the EuroSkills and WorldSkills international competitions.

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