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Defence Forces recruiting for Air Corps Technician Apprenticeship

The Air Corps is seeking trainee technicians for its aircraft technician apprenticeship programme.

Defence Forces recruiting for Air Corps Technician Apprenticeship

The Irish Defence Forces Air Corps is seeking young, enthusiastic and technically minded individuals who are looking for the opportunity not just to learn a new trade but also practice it in challenging situations. Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Air Corps aircraft, their airframes, engines, systems and equipment. Trainee Technicians undergo their academic training at the Technical Training School, located in Casement Aerodrome, the home of the Air Corps.

Aircraft Technician the Air Corps

On successful completion of a seven (7) month military training course, the trainee technician will commence their academic studies.

The Technical Training Programme is a whole-time programme of three and a half years duration.

The Air Corps Technical Training School is EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) approved part 147 training organization. The Technical Training School is accredited by the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), to deliver the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree in Military Aviation Technology. Through these programmes, the trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance on avionics or fixed or rotary wing aircraft, and power plant.

The EASA modules (Theory and Workshop Practicals) and their associated examinations are completed entirely, prior to the trainees’ advancement through advanced access to the Bachelor Engineering Technology Degree in Military Aviation Technology.

Course Content

The programme will consist of:

  • Lectures
  • Practical lessons
  • Laboratory experiments
  • Work placement
  • Dissertation and Group Project
  • Course administration
  • Examinations/tests

The subjects/practical aspects covered are:

  • Maths
  • Physics,
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Digital Techniques/ Electronic Instrument Systems
  • Materials and Hardware
  • Maintenance Practices
  • Aerodynamics
  • Human Factor
  • Aviation Legislation.
  • Turbine Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems – Fixed Wing Aircraft
  • Helicopter Aerodynamics, Structures, and Systems – Rotary Wing Aircrafts
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structures and Systems - Avionics
  • Propulsion
  • Gas Turbine Engine
  • Propellers
  • On Aircraft Practical Experience
  • Dissertation and Group Project
  • Military Aircraft Systems
  • Aviation Legislation – Military
  • Maintenance Management Systems


Age Restrictions

All Candidates must be 18 years of age and less than 23 years of age on the closing date for receipt of applications.

Qualifications/Entry Requirements

Candidates must have attained the required minimum educational qualifications at the time of entry into the Air Corps.

At the time of entry into the Air Corps (not application), a candidate must have obtained specific minimum grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate/National Equivalent.
The standard minimum entry requirements are passes in five subjects, at the ordinary level, including Mathematics and English and one technical subject, or national equivalent qualifications.

Foundation Level and Leaving Cert Applied subjects are not reckonable.

A successful candidate is expected to have CAO points equivalent to the requirements of DT011 (Aviation Technology), which is the civil programme offered by the accrediting Academic Institute — TU Dublin. In 2018 the CAO points required were 341.


Trainee Technicians are taken into the Defence Forces as required. The only way to apply for the competition is when it is advertised in the national press and on our website. The Induction Process will challenge you but then so will the career that awaits you.


The Aircraft Trainee Technician Programme is approximately 4 and a half years (4.5) years in duration. The initial seven (7) months is spent in military training learning the basics of soldiering. Thereafter the technical training programme, incorporating the EASA and the degree programmes, is delivered in the Technical Training School.


Aircraft Trainee Technicians will hold the rank of Apprentice during their training and are paid from the day that they join the Defence Force. See pay rates HERE.

How to Apply
To apply for the Air Corps Trainee Technician Apprenticeship, click HERE.

*The closing date for applications is the 18th of July.*

Assessment will likely take place at the end of July, once applications have closed.
The selection dates will likely take place in mid-August.

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