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Executive Education Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering


The Aviation Market worldwide is growing with rising employment opportunities for the Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.  Airline fleets are growing as the number of travellers are on the increase. Statistics indicate that in the near future the aviation industry will have a high demand for Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.

EAU is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA to conduct the A1, B1.1 (Aeroplanes Turbine), B1.2 (Aeroplanes Piston) and B2 (Avionics) Licence programmes. These programmes are run through Regulation Part/Car 147 and follows approved Regulation Part/Car 66 for the syllabus of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.  The duration of this AME programme is 2 ½ years and present an exit award pathway off the main Four and half year-duration Applied Bachelor in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programme.

Upon completion of the Higher Diploma, candidates are required to complete Practical Maintenance Experience for 2 years on operating aircraft at an Approved 145 Maintenance Organisation to obtain EASA and GCAA licence in the applied category.  However, what adds to the uniqueness of this programme is that EAU has tied up with Emirates Airline for outstanding graduates to be selected, nominated and given this opportunity with Emirates Airline to obtain this 2-year experience.

Why enrol on this programme?

Based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), in the next 20 years, airlines will have to add 25,000 new aircraft to the current 17,000 strong commercial fleet. By 2026, the industry will need 480,000 new technicians to maintain these aircraft. Clearly, the international market has a sizable shortage of Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineers.


The Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance and the Certificates of Recognition are awarded by the Emirates Aviation University (EAU), EASA and GCAA respectively.  In addition, it is anticipated that the EAU award will be also accredited by the Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs (MoE-HEA) pending approval in due course.

On successful completion of the 2 ½ years Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programme students obtain the following:

  • Certificates of Recognition, COR, (EASA and GCAA).
  • Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

Career Prospects

EAU’s Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering graduates will have better opportunity of employment. Their career path is tailored towards becoming Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. As the graduates obtain two Certificates of Recognition, they have opportunity to work as Licensed Engineer in any EASA or GCAA approved Airline or Maintenance Organisation. Graduates from this programme also have the opportunity to continue their study by registering for an additional 2 years part time to further graduate and obtain the Applied Bachelor in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree certificate.


  • 1/B1.2 duration is two and a half years.
  • 1/B1.2 can be extended to B2 with an additional semester if chosen by the learner.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered on a full-time semester basis.

Indicative Study Schedule

Modules License Category
1 Engineering Mathematics I B1.1  






2 Engineering Science I
3 Electrical Fundamentals
4 Electronic Fundamentals
5 Digital Techniques and Avionics
6 Aircraft Materials and Hardware
7A Maintenance Practices
8 Basic Aerodynamics
9A Human Factors in Aircraft Engineering
10 Aviation Legislation
11A Turbine Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems
15 Gas Turbine Engines
17A Propellers
16 Piston Engine  
13 Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems    

Additional 6 General Education courses must also be completed by the learner. The above programme of study is for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change.

Standard Entry

  • Entrants must be 17 years minimum.
  • High School Certificate - A recognised and officially certified secondary school certificate or equivalent with a minimum 75% as a total average. Applications with scores below 75% may be reviewed and the applicant will be subject to an interview.


  • Five GCSE/IGCSE O-level subjects + 2 GCE AS-level subjects with a minimum grade ‘C’ in all OR
  • Five GCSE/IGCSE O-level subjects + 1 GCE AS-level subject 1 + GCE A-level subject with a minimum grade ‘D’ in either Maths or Physics.
  • All applicants must demonstrate a competence to study using the English Language. This would normally be a minimum of: TOEFL Paper Based (500); or TOEFL CBT (173); or TOEFL IBT (61); or IELTS (5) or PTE Academic (36).

Non-Standard Entry

  • Applications involving non-standard qualifications or mature candidates are welcome and will be considered on their merit.

For any further information regarding specific qualifications, please contact the Admissions Office on +9714 6050122/124/174.

Application Fee* Registration Fee* Tuition Fees (AED)
N/A 2,625 83,790 per year


*Tuition Fees inclusive of VAT 5%

How to Apply?

For  information  on  how  to  apply  for  a  course  at  Emirates  Aviation University, see our Admissions Guide