Aircraft Maintenance Engineers or AMEs are employed throughout the aviation industry in a wide range of facilities designed to maintain light, rotary and large commercial aircraft. They are licensed personnel who carry out scheduled maintenance and certifies aircraft fitness to fly. They install, make repairs, troubleshoot problem, conduct inspections and make upgrades to aircraft engines, airframes, airframe systems, electrical, instrument and radio systems, and aircraft structures. He/she will sign the certificate of fitness before every takeoff. No aircraft takes off without being certified to do so by an engineer.

There are 64 DGCA approved AME training institutions in India. DGCA CAR 66 provides the details, requirements for qualifying an individual for obtaining an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s License. The license is widespread internationally and is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), giving individuals the freedom to work everywhere.


AME (Mechanical)
Overhauls, inspection and repairs of airframe and engine components, landing gears, wheels and brakes, fuel, pressurization, pneumatic and hydraulic devices, flight control surfaces, propellers and rotor blades, transmissions, etc.

AME (Avionics)
Electronic instruments and radio systems, generator and power distribution systems, navigation, radar and integrated flight systems, indicating and recording systems, lighting systems, aircraft information systems, autopilot systems, fly by wire flight control systems, digital engine control systems, in-flight entertainment and cabin systems, and communication systems, etc.


  • Dismantle, inspect, repair and reassemble aircraft engines, airframe components and systems, electrical components and systems, avionic components and systems, and aircraft structures.
  • Test aircraft communication equipment, instruments and electronic systems.
  • Conduct routine pre-flight inspections.

Training Overview

TYPE – AME course is neither a degree nor a diploma course.It only comes with the License. Therefore, most institutes in India offer AME + BSc to fulfil Graduate degree.

DIVISION – There are 2 types of AME license A1 and B1.

  • A1 is 2 years program (1 year academic + 1 year practical) – Also known as basic AME. Candidate can do basic scheduled maintenance.
  • B1 is 4 years program (2 years academic + 2 years practical) – After attaining a type rating for a specific aircraft, candidate becomes complete AME and can carry our major maintenance.

EXAMS – With each year of the course, Candidate will be eligible to write basic AME license papers conducted by DGCA. Now you can work as a technician to gain further experience.

PRACTICAL TRAINING – Get job as a technician.Once you meet the required number of practical experiences mentioned by DGCA, clear the final License paper and Oral exams.

LICENSE – After completing the academic, practical and DGCA exams (initial and final plus oral), candidate will get AME License by DGCA. The license is valid in India as well as Overseas.

EMPLOYMENT – Candidates can work in Airlines, MRO, Aerospace companies, Flying clubs, Defense, Aviation training, Regulatory bodies like DGCA, etc.


Educational Qualification 10+2 Class with (Physics, Chemistry and Maths) with score not less than 45% or equivalent AICTE approved 3 years engineering diploma in any stream or any higher qualification in science with Physics and Mathematics at the time of admission.
Age Minimum: 16 years Maximum: 28 years
Medical Fitness 18 years (21 years for Foreign Airlines)



  • Apply for AME CET Test on
  • Application form available between NOV – APR.
  • Exam consists of 90 MCQ.
  • Subjects – Physics, Chemistry Mathematics, English and General Awareness.
  • Language – both Hindi and English.
  • Medium – Online as well as Offline mode.
  • Marking – There is negative marking for incorrect answers. 4 marks are awarded for correct answers and 1 mark is deducted for incorrect answers.

Admission And Course

On the basis of AME CET Test score, take admission in DGCA approved institute. Select course A1 or B1 and stream Avionics or Mechanical as per your preference. (B1 with Mechanical preferred)

Academics And Practical Training

Finish your Classroom course and pass basic DGCA exams. Get your practical experience. You will also be paid stipend during this period.


After successful completion of the course, experience and DGCA exams,
candidate will receive DGCA-AME License


Since it’s a universal license, candidate can choose between a wide range of AME employers in India and Abroad equally.


Entry level with less than 1 year of experience will get paid 50-100k per month.

Ground Training Modules

  • Mathematics
  • Electrical fundamentals
  • Digital techniques electronic instrument system
  • Maintenance practices
  • Human factors
  • Turbine airplane aerodynamics, structures and systems
  • Piston airplane aerodynamics, structures and systems
  • Helicopter airplane aerodynamics, structures and systems
  • Aircraft aerodynamics, structures and systems
  • Physics
  • Electronic fundamentals
  • Materials and hardware
  • Basic Aerodynamics
  • Aviation legislation
  • Propulsion
  • Gas turbine engine
  • Piston engine
  • Propeller

DGCA Approved AME Training Institutes

Name Location FEES (B1) WEBSITE
Alpine Institute of Aeronautics Dehradun 75k
Wingsss College of Aviation Technology Pune 6.3 lakhs
Indraprastha Institute of Aeronautics Gurugram 6.2 lakhs
JRN Institute of Aviation Technology Delhi 6.27 lakhs
Bharat Institute of Aeronautics Patna 5.96 lakhs
HCAT Kanyakumari 6.05 lakhs
Western India Institute of Aeronautics (WIIA) Ahmedabad 3.7 lakhs
Indira Institute of Aircraft Engineering Pune 3.20 lakhs
Institute of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (IAME) Aurangabad 5.20 lakhs
College of Aeronautical Engineering Guwahati 4.00 lakhs
Rajiv Gandhi Aviation Academy Hyderabad 2.66 lakhs
Indian Institute of Aeronautics Mundka 1.71 lakhs
School of Aeronautics Rajasthan 4.26 lakhs
Bharat Institute of Aeronautics Patna 2.45 lakhs
Star Aviation Academy Gurgaon 4.65 lakhs