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Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice

Location: London, ENG, GB

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Bombardier is a global leader, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy, efficiency, reliability and safety. We are a global organization focused on working together with a team spirit.

Bombardier London Service Centre in Biggin Hill is part of an award-winning network of MRO’s and is the flagship of Bombardier’s European operation. Our Base and Line Maintenance Centre is the fastest-growing Service Centre in Europe and the largest Business Aircraft OEM in the UK. Our brand-new state-of-the-art facility has the capabilities to perform an array of maintenance checks, modifications and upgrades all from this site. Only 14 miles from London, Bombardier’s Biggin Hill Service Centre is ideally located to support operators in the UK region and beyond.

Marshalls Skills Academy delivers technical and compliance training within the civil and defence aviation sector and technical engineering apprenticeships. Their vast experience and expertise in aerospace and engineering make them ideally placed to work with the industry to address the growing global skills gap in aircraft maintenance, inspiring and developing the next generation of talent and helping existing teams to remain compliant in a safety-critical industry.

About the Programme:

The partnership with Bombardier and Marshalls Skills Academy is a path that will give you real-world, hands-on experience of working in an aerospace engineering environment with qualifications in:

Year 1

Aviation Mechanic - Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence). The initial induction will take place in Cambridge, potentially based off-site and living away from home.

Year 2 & 3

Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Knowledge & Development Competence) & can achieve UK CAA Aircraft Maintenance A License qualification through an approved Part 147 Training Organisation if the merit is acheived. Years 2 & 3 will be completed out Bombardier Service Centre in Biggin Hill Airport.

What to expect:

As an engineering apprentice you will be exposed to a range of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Engineering Technician Standard. Not only will this demonstrate competency in the role but will complement wider business strategy and enable you to support your long-term career development. You work alongside highly skilled engineers and mechanics, receive comprehensive On-the-Job Training as well as be supported by a mentor throughout the programme. You will return to Bombardier to complete Year 2 and 3 as an aircraft fitter, where you will continue studying your Level 3 Aircraft Maintenance Diploma and aligned to the UK CAA A License Modules. You will be expected to demonstrate the high level of skill and knowledge required to carry out maintenane repairs and modifications to a variety of Bombarider Business jet aircraft, safely, on time and within budget.

As both an apprentice and fitter, duties will include:

You will work within our teams on scheduled aircraft maintenance and servicing

You will rotate with unscheduled aircraft maintenance including defect rectification to aircraft systems and components

You will conduct repairs to airframe structures

You will perform all levels of modifications to aircraft structures, systems and interiors

You will conduct other related duties, including operation of ground equipment, assistance in aircraft movements and aircraft delivery

As an aircraft fitter at Bombardier, your role has, by necessity, a very high level of quality control in order to maintain the aircraft safely and to regulatory standards. There is a requirement of you to gain a developed understanding or Bombardier processes and procedures in order to be compliant with these standards.


As our ideal candidate,

The entry requirements are:

You will have 5 GCSEs predicted or confirmed at Grade C/4 or equivalent. These must include Mathematics, English and a Science at Grade C/4 or above

You will have not already completed the same or similar Level 2 or 3 qualifications or apprenticeship

You meet the funding criteria related to right to work and residency eligibility

You have successfully completed the security and medical requirements

You will have successful completed the training providers security requirements.

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for funding:

You must work at least 30 hours per week.

You must not currently be on a funded training programme

You must spend at least 50% of your working hours in England over the duration of the Apprenticeship

You will have the right to work in UK

You will have an eligible residency status

Maths & English functional skills

A mandatory requirement of the Engineering Technician Apprenticeship is Level 2 in both Maths & English or GCSE grade A*-C or 4 and above. We would recommend that all successful candidates can evidence that they hold these qualifications or expect to obtain these grades prior to starting.


Our experience has shown looking for demonstrable evidence in the following areas can help identify areas of talent on which to build:

You must be self-motivated

You must have a desire to learn and develop yourselve

You must have an aptitude for the role/ technical skills

You must be able to demonstrate teamwork

You will have communication and interpersonal skills

You will demonstrate sound problem solving skills

You will have Integrity and take responsibility

You will be resilient and be able to cope with change

You will be innovative

You would be able to show a genuine interest in aviation and engineering

You will be able to demonstrate commitment to continued professional development

You must adhere to safe systems of working practices.

Please note this role will commence in September 2022.

Location: Cambridge & Biggin Hill

Duration: 3 years

Bombardier is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, National, or Local Laws.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Please continue to monitor our website and apply for additional positions for which you are qualified and may be of interest to you.

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Job: Mechanics
Primary Location: GB-ENG-London
Organization: Aerospace
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Temporary

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