Aircraft Trainee Technicians

Who we want

Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Air Corps weapons, equipment and aircraft. The Air Corps is looking for 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 the Air Corps

On successful completion of a four (4) month basic military training course, the trainee technician will commence their academic studies. The Level 7 Degree course consists of a three (3) year programme, two (2) semesters per year. Trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, power plant and avionics.

The programme will consist of;

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

The subjects covered are; 

  • Health & Safety
  • Information Technology (ECDL/CAD/AMMS)
  • Mathematics for Technology
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Thermo fluids
  • Physics for Technology
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • Materials, Hardware & Maintenance Practices
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aerodynamics Structures & Systems — Fixed/Rotor Wing
  • Avionic Systems
  • Power plant
  • Aviation Legislation Civil/ Military
  • Human Factors
  • Maintenance Procedures
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Ramp Operations
  • Propellers

Age Restrictions

Applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 21 years of age on the date of close of applications. In the case of Serving Permanent Defence Forces personnel, applicants must be not less than 18 years of age and under 23 years of age on the date of close of applications.


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

At the time of entry in to the Air Corps (not application), a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent. The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at ordinary level, including Mathematics and English or Irish and one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or Construction studies, or national equivalent qualifications.

Foundation Level and Leaving Cert Applied subjects are not reckonable.

A successful candidate is expected to have CAO points equivalent to the requirements of DT 011, which is the civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute — DIT. In 2014 the CAO points required were 340.


Trainee Technicians are taken in to the Defence Forces as required. The only way to apply for the competition is when it is advertised in the national press and on our website. The Induction Process  will challenge you but then so will the career that awaits you.


The Aircraft Trainee Technician Programme is approximately 4 years (4) years in duration. The initial four (4) months is spent in military training learning the basics of soldiering. Thereafter the degree programme is delivered in the Technical Training School. A further three (3) months of military training completes the programme. Do you have what it takes to excel During Air Corps Training?

Career Progression

Keeping the Air Corps fleet in the air brings new challenges every day. Meet some of the men and women who rise to these challenges and find out their thoughts on Life as an Aircraft Technician.


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

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