Careers on the ground - Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprenticeship

Applications for the 2019 Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprenticeship have now closed.
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Aer Lingus is Proud to launch our 2019 Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprenticeship in conjunction with SOLAS, Further Education & Training Authority in Ireland. Online applications will be open until the 8th May 2019.

Aer Lingus is Ireland's only 4 star Airline and with our unique brand, world class reputation and modern fleet of growing Airbus aircraft, Aer Lingus is at the forefront of commercial aviation. The opportunity to be part of something special at Aer Lingus awaits when you apply for the 2019 Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprenticeship.

We are looking for candidates who are committed and motivated to join our Apprenticeship. It is a structured 4 year programme that is dynamic and progressive but also supportive to your learning. You can expect a mix of 'on' and 'off' the job training as part of your apprenticeship with the end goal to become a fully qualified Aircraft Engineer with Aer Lingus.

Successful candidates will have a technical and mechanical aptitude who also display maturity, commitment, flexibility, and a willingness to accept responsibility. Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills are also essential qualities we will be looking for in our apprenticeship class for this September 2019.

If you want to join one of Ireland's most iconic brands and embrace this incredible opportunity then please click on the link below to submit your online application. Take a different route, have the best of both college and working life and have it with Aer Lingus.

Essential Criteria and Educational Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for this opportunity:

  • Candidates must be 18 years of age on the 1st September 2019
  • Candidates must have completed the Leaving Certificate* or currently completing the Leaving Certificate Examinations*
  • Willing and able to commit to a structured apprenticeship programme with Aer Lingus in conjunction with SOLAS and Technological University Dublin for 4 years
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken
  • Be physically fit and be able to pass a colour vision test and medical assessment
  • Eligible to live and work in the EU
  • Hold a current unrestricted worldwide passport
  • Provide 2 verifiable references
  • Able to pass a strict airport security vetting procedure which includes a 5 year background check** (or be in possession of a current airside pass for the airport this position is based in)
  • Possess and be able to demonstrate the key competencies and skills outlined below

*Or other recognised equivalent educational qualification

**If you are a non Irish Citizen, you will need to be in possession of a current police disclosure certificate from your home country. If you have lived outside the Republic of Ireland for more than 6 months you will also be required to hold a current police disclosure certificate from that country/countries

Minimum Educational Requirements:

You will also need to have already attained the following minimum educational qualifications:

  • Grade O5 or higher at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects :
    1. English
    2. Mathematics
    3. Science*
    4. Any two other subjects Grade H6 or higher on Higher Level papers is acceptable

*Note: If you have not attained the required grade in Science, the following is acceptable: Junior Certificate ¿ Technology, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metal Work.

Please note if you are completing your Leaving Certificate this year please state this on your application.

The Aer Lingus Apprenticeship is a 4 year programme in conjunction with SOLAS and Technological University Dublin which will allow successful apprenticeships to become fully qualified aircraft engineers once they have completed this years.

Our apprenticeship is run in conjunction with SOLAS and it takes 4 years to qualify as an Aer Lingus Aircraft Engineer. At the moment, the minimum entry qualification necessary is Junior Certificate and a strong mechanical and technical aptitude however a lot of our previous apprentices would come from a variety of backgrounds after completing their Leaving Certificate or degree.

You will also need to be at least 18 years of age on or after the 1st September 2019 (See Essential Criteria Section for a full list of what you need to apply)

The Apprenticeship is due to commence in Autumn 2019.

Click the 'Apply for Apprenticeship' button above or below to submit your application. Please be sure to upload your CV.

You will initially be invited to submit an online application form along with uploading your CV. Upon successfully meeting all of our essential criteria (See essential criteria section) you will then be sent a suite of psychometric assessments and a video interview via email which you will be given a specified time frame to complete. Based on your application form, CV, online assessments and video interview candidates will then be shortlisted and invited to one of our assessment centres which will take place in June 2019 (See our 'next steps' section for more detail on the process).

Yes. The Apprenticeship is full time and your duration as an Aer Lingus apprenticeship will be spent between on the job and off the job training.

The structure of the programme is devised so that your initial introductory training is based in Dublin You will then be based in Shannon for the first segment of your apprenticeship training programme at the SOLAS training centre. On return from Shannon you will then divide your time between 'on the job training' in Dublin Airport and theoretical study which is done in conjunction with the Technological University Dublin.

The Apprenticeship is one of continuous assessment which will involve a mixture of written and practical exams/assessments throughout the duration of your apprenticeship. All exams and continuous assessments need to be passed before you will successfully pass the apprenticeship.

Yes. You can earn whilst you train and scales are displayed on the SOLAS website This training allowance is incremental and is based on industry averages. You can also access more information in relation to this on

No. If successful you will be expected to pay for your own accommodation when you are training in Dublin or doing a phase in Shannon, Co Clare. The Allowance that you receive is deigned to contribute towards such costs (See last question).

After you have successfully finished your apprenticeship we would have a significant number of opportunities available to join Aer Lingus as a full time Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. These opportunities are contingent on passing all criteria throughout the apprenticeship.

As a prospective Aer Lingus apprentice engineer you should have a technical aptitude and display maturity, commitment, flexibility, motivation and a willingness to accept responsibility. Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills are essential qualities with a good appreciation of our guest¿s expectations.

Next steps in the process

  • Apply on our careers website where you will be asked to complete a short application form. Online applications can be made until the 8th May 2019.
  • If you meet all of our essential criteria (Please see 'Essential criteria' section) then you will be invited to complete some short online assessments and video interview.
  • Upon successful completion of online assessments and short video interview, this will allow us to learn a little more about you and your interest in our Apprenticeship programme!
  • Based on your performance at this stage you may be invited to one of our 2019 M & E Apprenticeship assessment centres which will involve you joining us here on campus at Aer Lingus or a different venue in June 2019. You will be asked to participate in some Individual/group assessments and a 1:1 interview depending on interview availability.
  • Successful candidates will be notified in July where they will have to go through a full reference/security and medical check.
  • Apprentices will be commencing the apprenticeship on 2nd September 2019.

*Please keep an eye on your email address as this will be how the Aer Lingus recruitment team will communicate with you throughout the entire process*

Amy Phelan is a current Aer Lingus Apprentice and joined the M&E Apprenticeship Programme in September 2018. We spoke to Amy about her experiences of the Aer Lingus Aircraft and Engineering programme so far;

I started as an apprentice in 2018. We spent one month shadowing engineers in the Aer Lingus hangar in Dublin, and I am currently in Shannon on phase 2a of the apprenticeship. Phase 2a consists of both classroom and practical work, which is building us towards obtaining our A Licence.

I applied at the end of May and was offered a place by mid-July so in that regard, it was a relatively quick process. However, there were a number of stages involved in the process. Initially, there was a series of aptitude tests, and a video interview. This was followed by a manual dexterity test and an on-site interview. I thought the on-site interview was challenging as there were the demands of an ordinary interview along with a multitude of practical questions.

From day one, this apprenticeship has been a novel experience, and I'm enjoying how much I'm learning with every passing week. I'm really looking forward to going back to Dublin and working with Aer Lingus aircraft under the supervision of a qualified engineer.

The majority of the modules we have covered are very interesting and therefore it makes studying much easier. There have been a few particularly difficult modules, but there are a lot of resources available to us to help us get the best grade possible. Many people in the class have found studying amongst friends the best method to success. I've lived away from home previously and therefore have had no difficulty being away from home in Shannon.

My best advice would be to research the industry, and be sure you know what you're getting yourself into. I would say any experience you can get in this field, or a similar field, would be of huge help to you in the course and on the job. If you do have an interest in the job, then do apply as if you don't apply, you'll never get the job, but if you apply, you might surprise yourself!

Dean Aherne is a current Aer Lingus Apprentice and joined the M&E Apprenticeship Programme also in September 2018. We spoke to Dean about his views of the Aer Lingus Aircraft and Engineering programme so far;

I joined the apprenticeship programme in September of 2018 and I am currently in phase 2 in Shannon aviation maintenance school, Shannon Co Clare.

I applied for the apprenticeship programme when I found an advertisement on Facebook. I applied as I had a keen interest in engineering from a young age having studied Engineering for the leaving cert as well as studying both woodwork and metalwork in junior cycle of secondary school. I found the advertisement as I was looking for job opportunities after I had finished my mechatronic engineering degree at TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus.

I found the recruitment process with Aer Lingus fantastic and at the final interviews the staff there made everyone feel right at home in the company even though we weren't actually Aer Lingus employees at the time.

The course itself is second to none, during phase one of the course we were based in the hanger and got to experience all aspects of engineering in Aer Lingus from A checks on the 330 aircraft to general day to day running of the hangar. Phase 2 however is based in Shannon Aviation Maintenance School in Shannon Co Clare.

I'm due to finish phase two in June 2019 and I'm really looking forward to getting back to the hangar and getting to work with the engineers' onsite and experiencing more hands on training. During phase two of the course you have different modules to complete some include aircraft legislation and electrical fundamentals, I found studying to be a little bit easier as moving to Shannon for the duration of phase two meant less distractions and helped me focus on getting the modules passed.

In Shannon my class developed into a tight knit community where we all help each other in different subjects, each of my class mates have their own individual strengths so working as a team together has helped us all achieve our goals particularly during the exams.

My advice to candidates entering this year's competition is go head first into it and know that if you are successful that this job can take you anywhere you wish to go in life, it's an opportunity not to be missed. The training you receive in my opinion is second to none and sets you up to be the best engineer you can be. But most of all take your time and enjoy the whole experience.

Ethan Keenan is a current 2nd year Apprentice and joined the Aer Lingus Apprenticeship programme in 2017. We spoke to Ethan about his time as an Apprentice in the Aer Lingus Aircraft and Engineering programme so far;

I joined the apprenticeship programme in Aer Lingus in September 2017 after completing secondary school just the June before. I am currently doing my On The Job (OJT) phase with Aer Lingus after 9 months in Shannon where we did classroom and workshop training preparing us for our Category A license in Aircraft Mechanics.

I found the process easy to understand and to follow, and each step was laid out and explained in such a way to help you and not trick you out. The first step will be an application process and a CV, this gives you an opportunity to create a first impression and show your achievements. Then some weeks later in an email, you receive the online aptitude assessments and the online interview process. If successful in these stages, you will be invited to Dublin Airport to do manual dexterity tests and a face-to-face interview. The interview can seem very daunting but I found it to be the best part as I got to show them that I have a keen interest in engineering and aviation and why I felt the apprenticeship programme was best for me.

Personally for me, I found the recruitment to be easy in some stages but also difficult in others. However, it is designed to be difficult in some places as they only want to see how you as an individual respond to certain things and how you would approach them. So I wouldn't worry about the recruitment process as it is designed in your favour to showcase to the Aer Lingus team your strengths and weaknesses and why you would be perfect for the job!

I have really enjoyed the On The Job phases on the course as it gives you a chance to work on live aircraft and get to know a lot of the other engineers you will be working with who will help you and teach you anything you need to know about the aircraft or the job in general. I work from the Line Maintenance side of Aer Lingus, so I am around the aircraft at the terminal doing daily checks, ramp checks and resolving any issues then and there and fixing them to make the aircraft safe to fly. Aer Lingus' primary goal is safety, and so it is every engineer's job to ensure that every aircraft leaves on time and safe.

I'm looking forward to working on the new state of the art A321 NEO LR and getting my B2 license in electronics and avionics.

Being away from home, whether you have done it before, or it's for the first time is always hard at the start but it does get easier as time goes on. The Shannon phase is only 9 months and it goes by very quickly. It allowed us to get to know each other better and it helped us study too as we could do it as a group or on our own and then ask one another questions and help each other if we were stuck.

The practical assessments were challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed them and there was always an instructor there to help. The practical assessments and written exams can be tough but they are not impossible, and if you make a mistake it is not the end of the world.

I would say look over your CV and remember to build up any points about yourself that makes you stand out and write down any and all experience you have especially anything to do with mechanics or studying metalwork in secondary school.

Take your time with the aptitude tests and don't rush them, and when you're doing the online interview take a breath and read the question fully and understand what it means and the answer will come naturally.

The face to face interview is your opportunity to show them that you are suited for the job, so I would suggest doing research on the airline, its history and future endeavours and also the theory of flight and different systems on various aircraft.

I plan to work as an Aer Lingus Engineer and further my career in the company.

Hannah Richardson is a current Aer Lingus Apprentice and joined the M&E Apprenticeship programme in 2017. We spoke to Hannah about her experiences of the Aer Lingus Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering programme so far.

I started as an apprentice in September 2017 and I'm currently on phase 2a of the apprenticeship.

I found the recruitment process to be quite interesting, and some parts challenging. It took about three months from applying, to completing online assessments and interviews until I found out I had been successful. Most of the assessments were online so it was quite convenient to complete in your own time.

I really enjoyed our first phase on the job. We were allowed to shadow the work of the engineers in the hangar and on the line. We were given full access to the aircraft that were being worked on and saw what goes on to keep an aircraft in service. I'm really looking forward to getting back to the airport after my time in Shannon and being able to work on the aircraft myself and put the skills I have learned to use.

The study and practical assessments are not a walk in the park, but once you have an interest in the subject and enjoy working with your hands then it really helps to motivate you to study and get your work done. The instructors are really helpful and provide all the assistance you may need. I didn't mind living away from home as it definitely made me more independent.

If I had any advice to give this year's candidates would be to not hold yourself back. If you've a keen interest in how things work and enjoy working with your hands, just go for it. I'd also like to say to any girls thinking about going for the apprenticeship, that this isn't just a man's job. I'm really enjoying my time so far and I'm so glad I applied last year.

I plan to work as an Aer Lingus Engineer and further my career in the company.