Military CareersApprentice Military Aircraft Technician

The Air Corps is now accepting applications for the Apprentice Military Aircraft Technician scheme. We are looking for motivated people who enjoy working as part of a Team.

Successful candidates will become an integral part of the Air Corps maintenance team providing technical support to the Air Corps fleet.

Successful candidates will graduate with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Military Aviation Technology Level 7 (Tech), accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).

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The closing date for this competition 23.59Hrs on August 10th, 2017.


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Eurocopter EC135 P2+

The Air Corps currently operates two EC135 P2+ aircraft. These aircraft entered service in 2005 and operate seven days a week carrying out a wide variety of roles for the Air Corps.

On completion of the ‘Wings’ course, students will be streamed into either fixed wing or rotary wing operations. The EC135 is utilised as the main ab initio rotary wing training aircraft for the Air Corps. A typical rotary wing conversion course lasts approximately six months during which students will complete a variety of military rotary wing operations such as absailing drills, cargo slinging, mountain flying and tactical formation.


  • Pilot training
  • Army support
  • Air ambulance
  • VIP and military transport
  • General utility
EC135 P2+ Statistics
Aircraft Type Eurocopter EC 135 P2+
Role(s) Pilot training, army support, air ambulance, VIP & military transport and general utility
Crew 1 Pilot, 1 Crewman & upto 5 troops
Powerplant 2 x Pratt & Whitney PW206B2
Rotor Diameter 10.2 metres (33 feet, 6 inches)
Height 3.51 metres (10 feet, 9 inches)
Length 12.16 metres (39 feet, 11 inches)
Armament Not Applicable
Entered Service November 2005
EC135 P2+ Performance
Max T/O Weight 2,835 Kilograms (6,245 pounds)
Service Ceiling 20,000 feet
Cruise Speed 135 knots
Maximum Speed 155 knots
Endurance 2 hours
Range 270 nautical miles

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