First Aviation Engineering graduates reap benefits of unique course
Twelve students from the BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice degree have become the first ever group to graduate from the pioneering course that was introduced at City College Norwich in 2016.
The course, which is run from the International Aviation Academy Norwich (IAAN), has the unique feature of being the only one anywhere to offer a live Boeing 737-300 aircraft for the students to work on, honing their technical skills in a bespoke setting.
The degree enables students to study European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) aircraft licence modules alongside academic modules, so they can graduate with the complete set of B1 or B2 modules needed to set them along the path towards being a licensed aircraft engineer.
In compliance with the rigorous requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority/European Aviation Safety Agency, all of the group completed a total of 2,400 hours of practical experience during the three years of the programme.
The students’ hard work has paid off, with all graduating with either a First or 2:1. Crucially, all have either gained employment in the aviation industry, or have decided to continue with further aviation-based training courses.
The graduates’ employment destinations include KLM’s hangars in Norwich, where a number of graduates will now gain the additional experience needed to allow them to apply for their full aircraft licence.
Others have secured employment working at Ryanair’s largest base maintenance site at Stansted Airport, while one of those graduating has moved to an exciting opportunity at a local maintenance site where they will be working on a wide variety of smaller aircraft types.
The IAAN is the first of Aviation Skills Partnership’s (ASP’s) skills Academies. It was made possible by Norfolk County Council, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Norse Group, plus supporting partners Norwich City Council, Norwich Airport, KLM UK Engineering, University of East Anglia, City College Norwich and WT Partnership.