Thu 25-11-2021 15:10 PM
ABOU DHABI, November 25, 2021 (WAM) – Etihad welcomed its first graduates of the Aircraft Mechanics Development Program this week, having successfully obtained the Category A license in aircraft maintenance, approved by the Authority. United Arab Emirates Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Eight UAE national aircraft mechanics, half of whom were women, were honored at a graduation ceremony held at the Etihad Engineering hangar. They followed a two-year program including theoretical courses and practical workshops. Engineers gained extensive practical experience in various areas of aircraft maintenance, working at the Etihad Engineering site near Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Commenting on the event, Dr Nadia Bastaki, Director of Human Resources, Organizational Development and Asset Management at Etihad, said: “After careful analysis of labor demands at Etihad, critical roles have emerged. been defined within the organization, and one of the key roles is the aircraft mechanic. As a result, the Aircraft Maintenance Program was introduced in 2019, with the aim of developing skilled Emirati mechanics who will play a central role in maintaining the safety and efficiency of the Etihad Airways fleet.
“We are very fortunate to have eight qualified members in our UAE National Graduate Group, and very proud that half of this technical batch are UAE National Women. I would like to welcome them to our Etihad family and I look forward to their accomplishments and progression as they take their first steps into the aviation industry.This program has been very successful, and we currently have 30 interns in the pipeline. This is a great opportunity for people with strong technical skills and an interest in playing a practical role in the UAE’s national carrier. ”
The program comprises up to 24 months of fundamental study in Mathematics, Science and English at Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), including 13 months of on-the-job training. After several intensive evaluations and the completion of the GCAA logbook, aircraft mechanics receive their Category A “commissioning” license from the GCAA.
By obtaining the CAT A qualification, mechanics are eligible to advance to the level of aeronautical technician after completing two years of professional experience, and then progress to the level of aeronautical engineer after gaining more experience and passing specialized examinations.
WAM / Esraa Ismail / MOHD AAMIR