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Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, or Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) is a highly qualified, trained and competent person licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to carry out and certify maintenance work on aircraft. Their job is to ensure that the aircraft is maintained in a safe condition. The licence is widespread internationally and is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

To become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, you need to obtain a CAAM Part-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML). Applicants for AML must be at least 21-years old.

There are two options to obtain a CAAM Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence.

One of the options is on your own, through self-study using the CAAM Part-66 syllabus, passing the examinations, assessment and a collection of five years of hands-on practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft with a practical assessment before eligible to apply for a licence.

The self-study option introduces extra flexibility to the Malaysian aircraft maintenance licensing system. It improves the accessibility of training for applicants who are:
a) not located close to any CAAM Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO).
b) not able to be trained and assessed by a CAAM Part 147 MTO on a scheduled training program.
c) already in the aircraft maintenance environment and choose to obtain AML for career development.

The other option is through a formalised training program at an approved CAAM Part-147 Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) where you will enrol as a full-time student and need to undertake the two- or three-year basic licence training program, examination, assessment followed by two years of hands-on practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft before you are eligible to apply for a CAAM Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence.

To obtain a CAAM Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence, an applicant needs to demonstrate that he/she have fulfilled the required: –
1. Basic Knowledge
2. Basic Experience

Further information on the requirements and guideline for an applicant to obtain CAAM Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence can be found in CAD 1801 (CAAM Part 66 AML) and CAGM 1801 (CAAM part 66 AML)

Please also see the FAQ on AML and MTO.

How to obtain basic knowledge
1. Part 66 Self-Study

a) Self-study (using Part-66 syllabus, and textbooks), theoretical subjects applicable to the category of licence,
b) Undertake & pass relevant module examinations for licence category at CAAM exam centre

2. Part 147 Full Time Student

a) Enrol & complete approved basic training course conducted by CAAM Part-147 Maintenance Training Organisation.
b) Undertake & pass relevant module examinations for licence category through the MTO.

Note: A list of current approved CAAM Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) includes those offering basic licence training program can be found in List CAAM Approved MTO

1. Part 66 Self-Study

a) Completion practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft for at least 5 years, or
b) Completion practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft for at least 3 years with completion of training considered relevant by CAAM as a skilled worker in technical trade.

2. Part 147 Full Time Student

a) Completed practical maintenance experience on operating aircraft for at least 2 years.

3. The practical maintenance experience must be: –

a) properly recorded on a recognised logbook format
b) includes evidence of practical hands-on activity/ task involved under the supervision and validated by LAME (i.e. participate or assist)
c) covering relevant maintenance tasks including line and base maintenance such as replacement/ inspection/ functional test/troubleshooting/ servicing etc.
d) include sufficient task covering all relevant ATA chapters applicable to licence category
e) at least 1 year of maintenance experience must be recent for which the initial AML is sought.

The Malaysian aircraft maintenance licensing system categorization of licence are as follows:

1. Category A (Line Maintenance Technician)
Covers maintenance work and certification on minor scheduled line maintenance task and simple defect rectification within the limit of task on aircraft.

a) A1 – Aeroplanes Turbine
b) A2 – Aeroplanes Piston
c) A3 – Helicopter Turbine
d) A4 – Helicopter Piston

2. Category B1 (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Mechanical)
Covers maintenance work and certification on aircraft structure, powerplant, mechanical & electrical systems.

a) B1.1 – Aeroplanes Turbine
b) B1.2 – Aeroplanes Piston
c) B1.3 – Helicopter Turbine
d) B1.4 – Helicopter Piston

3. Category B2 (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Avionics)
Covers maintenance work and certification on electrical & avionics system including radio, instrument & navigation equipment on aircraft and powerplant.

4. Category C (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Base Maintenance)
Covers certification on large aircraft following completion of scheduled base maintenance on aircraft in base/ hangar maintenance environment.

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