Goals of this study field

The goal of the study field “Technology of Aviation Maintenance” that is a part of a structural study system at the Faculty of Transportation Sciences CTU in Prague is to give appropriate university education that is according to the European requirements for aircraft maintenance personnel training (Part-66 and Part 147). The Faculty of Transportation Sciences CTU in Prague has the “Approval Certificate as a Part-147 Maintenance Training Organization” gained from Civil Aviation Authority CZE (CAA) and it is according the European regulations.

The field is bachelor´s degree study field focused on training for future employment. Because of a specific content of this bachelor´s study field according the Regulation Part-66 the vocational education is reached with help of specialists from Faculty of Transportation Sciences, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering CTU in Prague and also with help of specialists from civil aviation organizations.

The bachelor´s study has a standard study period of 3 years. The students are prepared theoretically in the first 3 semesters and a practical training is in a timetable from 4th semester. The training is located at the High School for Aviation and Computing Technology Website. The student practices basic manual works, work with machines and work on aircraft at this school. The student learns about aircraft construction and systems at this school too. The students have a practical training at approved maintenance organizations in the last semester. The organizations are approved according Part 145. For instance ČSA, Aeroservis, ABS-Jets, DSA and so on.

Graduates can go to work immediately after the study or they can continue in master´s study field but they must pass an admission. Nowadays, it is assumed that there miss 6,000 people working as an aircraft maintenance worker in the EU. Most of the member states realize this fact and they try to keep as many workers as needed by bigger salaries or employee benefits that is close to pilots benefits. This trend can also be seen in the CZE.

The students have to choose which aircraft maintenance specialization they want to study at the end of the 3rd semester (2nd grade). This bachelor´s study filed has 2 specializations (designation according regulation Part-66):

B 1 – Aircraft Maintenance – fuselage / engine, focused on:
B 1.1 – Aircraft Maintenance – fuselage / jet engine,
B 1.2 – Aircraft Maintenance – fuselage / piston engine,
B 2 – Aircraft Avionics Maintenance.

The regulation Part-147 requires that the graduates of the “basic training” must have a course approved by Civil Aviation Authority CZE within at least 2,400 hours and the theory must have 50% – 60% (that is 1,200 – 1,440 theory hours each 60 minutes, so it is 1,600 –1,920 hours each 45 minutes). A mandatory scope of practice depends on theory hours and it is 960 – 1,200 hours.
The graduates finish the study in accordance with a law by passing the state bachelor´s exam. One part of the exam is bachelor thesis defence.

Profile of a study program graduate
Qualification preparedness and a level of professional adaptability to practice conditions and demands:

The graduate is prepared to certifying aircraft maintenance worker deployed in commercial aviation workplace. The graduate passes all theoretical exams required by the regulation Part-66. The exams will be accepted by CAA because that the Faculty of Transportation Sciences already has the authorization from the CAA to do the exams according the regulation Part-147. The student receives a diploma (licence) form CAA after gaining required practice. This diploma is accepted by all member states of EU according the Cyprus Agreement.

Characteristics of professions and institutions where they can apply their education:

The graduate is prepared to do the aircraft maintenance work at aircraft used in commercial aviation. He/she can work in organisations all over the EU. There are several organization in the Czech Republic. These organizations are Czech Airlines-ČSA, Travel service, ABS Jets, Silver Air and so on. The graduates can work in manufacturing plants all over the EU where the airplanes for commercial aviation are built. (for instance Aero Vodochody in CZE).

Knowledge and other skills of an applicant for the admission to study program:

A requirement for admission to this study is to have high education or high vocational education and to show that you are able to study university. You can show this ability at the admissions. The admissions are regulated by the dean.

The admissions for study field Technology of Aircraft Maintenance contains basics from math and physics.

Conditions that the student of this study field must accomplish during the study and at the end of this study:
Way of exams passing

University law § 62 odst. 1 písm. d) says that the student has right to do the exams according the conditions determined by study program. Detailed information is in Study and Examination Regulation for CTU in Prague Students (internal regulation of CTU in Prague). The student must pass the exams required by the regulation Part-66 during the study.

Content of state exam

Bachelor study field is within the law finished by bachelor state exam. One part of the exams is bachelor thesis defence.

Content and scope of oral bachelor exam

There is one common obligatory subject for oral bachelor exam. Second subject is obligatory and it depends on the specialization and the last subject is selective (choice from 4):

Obligatory subject:
Aerodynamics, Structures and Aircraft Systems

Obligatory subject according the specialization:
• B1.1 Jet Engines
• B1.2 Piston Engines
• B2 Digital Technologies

Selective subject:
Materials and Basic Hardware Components
Maintenance procedures
Aviation Legislation
Human Factor

The list of questions from each subject is according the dean guideline form state bachelor exam.