Diploma In Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Vocational or Educational Outcomes of the Course
This course meets the requirements of the Saudi Skills Standards (SSS) for Diploma level study and is also designed to meet the requirements of the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) under regulation (GACAR) Part 66, which governs certification of maintenance personnel. To achieve this, the training syllabus reflects the requirements of GACAR Part 147, to train personnel in the underpinning knowledge, skills and attitudes required. Certified maintenance personnel are required to perform various job functions, with the ultimate aim of certifying for the airworthiness of Saudi registered and controlled aircraft and their return to service following maintenance.
A Statement of Attainment will be issued for all successful subjects completed for a partial completion of the qualification.
Examination of technical theoretical knowledge is to be conducted as agreed between Aviation Australia Riyadh College (AARC) and Saudi Skills Standards (SSS) Examination Authority procedures and standards. The minimum pass mark for the technical theoretical knowledge exams and practical tasks will be 60%.
Assessment Evidence Guide
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and should be read in conjunction with the learning outcomes required for each module.
Overview of Theoretical Knowledge Assessment
For knowledge elements, assessment methods may include:
• Multiple choice questions;
• Short-answer written questions;
• Verbal question and answer during theory lesson and/or practical tasks;
• Written or verbal responses to scenario-based tasks;
• Written or verbal responses to tasks set by electronic media; and
• Contribution to discussion forum or wiki.
Overview of Practical Skills Assessment
For practical elements, assessment methods may include:
• Conduct of physical tasks using physical components;
• Conduct of simulated tasks via use of technology;
• Task requirements and completion steps researched and discussed;
• Assignment requiring candidates to research and present task requirements; and
• Contribution to discussion forum or wiki.
A person who completes any module must be able to demonstrate how to conduct maintenance and support tasks in accordance with relevant instructions while applying all relevant health and safety procedures and standard processes.
Assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency
A person cannot be assessed as competent in a module until it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the workplace assessor that the relevant practical elements of the module are being achieved under routine supervision.
Practical assessment shall be established by the satisfactory completion of Practical Assessment Sheets for each subject. Other methods of practical demonstration, as specified in each subject, may inform and contribute to an assessment decision.
Context of and resources for assessment
Competency should be assessed in the work environment or simulated work environment, using procedures, tools and equipment specified in relevant maintenance documentation. It is also expected that general purpose tools, test and ground support equipment found in most routine situations would be used where appropriate.
Internal will help to determine progression stages at the end of each trimester. A letter grade or percentage grade can be assigned for internal assessments. . Each student will then progressively accumulate a Grade Point Average (GPA) which may be reported at any time.
Recording of Summative and Practical Assessments
On completion of the Diploma a student will receive a transcript of grades achieved for summative and practical assessments for each module, where a practical assessment is required, the Capstone grade and an overall GPA.
Delivery of the training may come from a variety of techniques and devices. This may include instructor-led, self-paced or both, utilising:
• Traditional classroom delivery;
• Structured workshop skills sessions;
• Simulation training devices;
• Component training devices;
• Scenario based role plays; and
• Software and apps.
Presentations and other resources for each subject of training are made available to all participating students. Students access the course material via the AARC Learning Management System (LMS). Formative questions are available to self-check the students’ progress via the LMS.
Remedial training programs are available to support students in accordance with AARC Failure and Remediation policies. Programs are conducted to meet the individuals learning needs.
Training is based on a 6 hour day for theory and practical, 30 hours per week and 36 weeks in a 12 month period.
In accordance with AARC training personnel requirements, all facilitators hold appropriate academic qualifications from a recognised college or university with a min of 3-5 years of teaching experience.
Practical assessors should hold the relevant vocational qualifications, at least to the level being assessed or a demonstrated depth of experience (equivalence of competence) in the relevant area of expertise.
If a person does not have adequate qualifications, the person may be accompanied by one or more persons who have the vocational competencies may work together to conduct the assessments. Ultimately AARCOA and SSS provide this approval.
Consultation with industry
The Aviation Industry is a highly regulated environment and as such, the syllabus is particularly prescriptive. AARC is prohibited from deviating outside of the prescribed syllabus and the approved methodologies. Therefore, consultation occurs between AARC and GACA for the syllabus and testing requirements, and between AARC and SSS for the methodologies. SSS and GACA will conducts audits on AARC to ensure the training is conducted in accordance within the prescribed and approved parameters. This allows an opportunity for discussion between the parties regarding industry changes. Any anticipated regulatory changes affecting Part 147 organisations will be drafted and released publicly via a Notice of Proposed Amendment.
Students will develop skills that will lead to employment within a Saudi aviation maintenance organisation, including the Royal Saudi Air Force. Students may develop skills which will lead to a GACAR Part 66 certification outcome.
Feedback is actively encouraged and opportunities to provide it are available at any stage throughout the course through the students’ online portal. At the completion of each subject, students are provided with a ‘Learner Questionnaire’. Feedback contained in the questionnaire is collected, analysed, actioned and reported and the data informs all continuous improvement activities within the AARC.