Maintenance and Manufacturing Policy Letters (MPL)


Subject:

Number:

MPL 18

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licensing & Training Policies

Revision No:

5

Number of Pages:

5

File No: AARP-5009-0-18
RDIMS 2124141

Issue Date:

September 25, 2006

1. Purpose

1.1 The purpose of this letter is to provide interim policy to support STD 566, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licensing & Training Standards.

2. Background

2.1 The purpose of this MPL is to provide interim policy to support STD 566.

3. Policy Statement

3.1 Attached to this policy letter is a series of Appendices, which will provide the necessary AME Licensing & Training policy to ensure a standardized interpretation of STD 566.  Each Appendix will have its own independent effective and expiry dates.  Whenever a new appendix is added, or an existing appendix expires, MPL 18 will be revised.

4. Effective date

4.1 This policy comes into effect immediately.

5. Expiry

5.1 This policy expires when the attached Appendices are no longer in effect.

6. HQ Contact

6.1 The responsible officer indicated below may be contacted for information regarding this MPL:

AARPG - Aircraft Maintenance & Manufacturing
E-mail: phippsj@tc.gc.ca
Phone: (613) 952-4386
Facsimile: (613) 952-3298

Original signed December 7,  2006 by

D.B. Sherritt
Director,
Maintenance and Manufacturing

Table of Contents
Appendix Topic
A AME Licence Technical Examinations - Implementation of New Examinations Cancelled
B Military Maintenance Tasks
C TC ATO's; Course Presentation Format and Closed Book Exam Requirements
D Recognition of non-TC approved type training
Appendix B - Military Maintenance Tasks

1. Purpose

1.1 The purpose of this policy is to provide for the recognition of maintenance tasks performed in a military environment.

2. Background

2.1 STD 566.03(4)(e) requires that the maintenance tasks claimed for AME licensing purposes shall have been subject to a maintenance release in accordance with CAR 571.10 or an equivalent civilian maintenance certification under the rules of a contracting state.

2.2 The requirement for maintenance tasks is intended to:

  1. Identify that the applicant has completed a representative selection of tasks (as applicable) covering the full range of systems/structures for the aircraft type/rating sought; and

  2. Identify that the applicant has performed tasks in accordance with civil regulations and is cognizant of the civil standards, performance rules, certification and documentation processes that govern the aviation industry.

3. Policy Statement

3.1 Maintenance tasks (skill) performed on military aircraft may be acceptable provided these tasks were performed on an aircraft type (or variant of a type) for which a civilian type certificate has been issued.  Such tasks are required to be certified (signed off) by the applicant's immediate supervisor.

3.2 As the privileges associated with the AME licence are applicable to civilian aircraft, the intent is to have the requirement for maintenance tasks completed in a civilian environment in order to validate the applicant's range of experience and exposure to civilian certification procedures/processes.  Not withstanding 3.1, a reasonable proportion (i.e. not less than 10%) of the overall maintenance tasks claimed must have been performed while working in accordance with civil air regulations/in a civil aviation environment.

4. Effective Date

4.1 This policy comes into effect immediately.

5. Expiry

5.1 This policy expires upon publication of a revision to STD 566.

Appendix C - TC ATOs; Course Presentation Format and Examination Requirements

1. Purpose

1.1 The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Clarify the language in which TC approved basic training program(s) are required to be presented; and
  • Clarify the requirement for closed book examination methods in a TC approved basic or type training program.

2. Background

2.1 In order to maintain global competiveness, organizations offering TC approved basic training have experienced an increase in the number of foreign language students into their programs. Although it’s recognized that in some situations accommodation must be made by the ATO to address language differences, TC approved basic training programs providing experience and/or technical examinations credit in accordance with STD 566 may only be given in either of Canada’s official languages.

2.2 STD 566.10(2) requires that an ATO have Examination Process Control methods in place to address development, consistency, security, presentation, and grading of examinations utilized to assess the students’ level of understanding of the training presented.  While the requirement for TC’s technical examinations (for AME Licensing purposes) to be closed book has been clearly identified by way of MSI 18, such clarification has not been provided for ATO programs.

Nevertheless, the intent has always been that examinations provided in support of TC approved training programs, either basic training or type training, be of the closed book variety.

3. Policy Statement

3.1 Technical training presented by basic training ATOs for the purpose of meeting the requirements of STD 566, Division II must be presented in either English or French.

3.2 Examinations (written) presented by basic or type training ATOs for the purpose of meeting the requirements of STD 566, Division II, that are intended to test the students' theoretical knowledge, are required to be closed book.  No other method of examination is permitted under any circumstances.

3.3 Examination methods for the purpose of meeting the requirements of STD 566, Division II, that are intended to test the student’s practical skills and/or ability to apply the knowledge gained may involve reference to, or use of, various types of equipment, training aids and technical manuals.

4. Effective Date

4.1 This policy comes into effect immediately.

Expiry

5.1 This policy expires upon publication of a revision to STD 566.

Appendix D - Recognition of Non-TC Approved Type Training Courses

1. Purpose

1.1 The purpose of this policy is to clarify the circumstances in which recognition (acceptance) of non-TC approved type training courses is permitted.

2. Background

2.1 STD 566.18(10) provides for the recognition (validation) of foreign type courses as a method to satisfy the requirements for approved type training in accordance with 566, 571 and 573.  However, this section does not address those situations where an unapproved type course is provided by an existing ATO or by an organization undergoing the ATO approval process. 

2.2 This policy letter is intended to clarify the circumstances in which recognition (validation) may be requested.

3. Policy Statement

3.1 Non-ATO approved type courses may be recognized by TC, providing such training was obtained under either of the following circumstances: 

3.1.1 Foreign training courses:

A request for recognition (validation) of a foreign type training course may only be made at the time of initial licence application.  The applicant must have held a valid ICAO licence issued by a contracting state at the time the course was completed.

Submission of the following documentation is required:  a copy of the valid ICAO licence that was held at the time the training was completed, a course graduation certificate, a transcript of the training and a course curriculum (certified as accurate by the organization that provided the training). 

3.1.2 Type training courses that are undergoing the TC approval process:

Applicants that have completed unapproved type training from either an ATO or an organization that is currently undergoing the ATO approval process may request to have the course recognized (validated).

Submission of the following documentation is required:  a course graduation certificate, a transcript of the training and a course curriculum (certified as accurate by the organization that provided the training). 

3.2.1 If found acceptable, TC’s recognition of the training will be confirmed in writing.

4. Effective Date

4.1 This policy comes into effect immediately.

5. Expiry

5.1 This policy expires upon publication of a revision to STD 566.

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