Apprenticeship at South African Airways Technical
To operate a fully functional maintenance division requires highly skilled people. South African Airways Technical has recognised this need, and in doing so, established training programmes in eight trade discipline. Qualified Senior Instructors, each a specialist in his/her field, facilitate and coach apprentices to ensure total mastery of skills.
Apprentices are also trained at Johannesburg International Airport. This accredited training facility
is one of the most respected in Africa.
South African Airways Technical Training apprentice programmes are based on the Competency
Based Modular Training (CBMT) philosophy and has become one of the leaders to develop
this methodology. CBMT is an individualised, structured learning process, which is self-paced
but time managed. For each course, a course map indicating the objective and the number of modules, is arranged in a logical sequential order. Each module covers a specific area of the course/s and deals adequately with the skill/s. Each module is concluded by successfully negotiating a criterion
Although each respective course is not time bound, but performance bound, the time taken to successfully master the required modules depends largely on an individual’s own initiative
and motivation: nevertheless on average an apprentice should complete a full course in 2-3
years. Apprentices are also expected to attend one Technical College block release course, thereafter
college studies are optional. Each trade has specific tasks/responsibilities to ensure airworthiness and safety of aircraft. It is expected from each applicant to choose, in order of preference and according to their interests, capabilities and potential, the trade that interests him/her the most.
- Aircraft Mechanic
- Aircraft Spray Painter
- Aircraft Composite Structures
- Aircraft Electrician
- Aircraft Instrument Technical
- Aircraft Radiotrician
- Aircraft Structures Workers
- Aircraft Trimming
- Electro Plating
How to Apply:
Potential applicants must complete an application form, pass an Aptitude and if shortlisted applicants
will be invited for an interview.
At least 16 years of age
Matriculated with Maths, English and Physical Science (all subjects compulsory with at least E
Symbol on Higher Grade or D Symbol on Standard Grade) OR minimum N3 certificate with
Maths and Engineering Science D Symbol
Able to communicate in English
Prepared to undergo a training course
Prepared to sign a learner ship contract.
South African Airways Technical
Private Bag X12,
OR Tambo International Airport, 1627
Tel: (011) 978 3935 /6399
South African Airways Maintenance and Regulatory Training
Aircraft Maintenance and Regulatory Training
The function of the SAA Technical Maintenance Training department is to ensure that all training on aircraft, engines, systems and components will be Accomplished in accordance with current applicable aviation regulations and Technical standards and in line with the curriculums approved by the SA: CAA.
Qualified Senior Instructors, each a specialist in his/her field, conduct theory and practical training to ensure mastery of aircraft systems.
The training centre is located at O R T International Airport. This approved training facility is the most respected in South Africa.
Scope of Training
South African Airways Maintenance and Regulatory training is approved by the SA: CAA to conduct Tuition and Examination on the following aircraft types; category A, C, and W.
A. Boeing 747 - Classic and 400 Series.
B. Boeing 737 – 200. C. Boeing 737 – 3/4/500 series
D. Boeing 737 NG – 6/7/8/900 Series.
E. Boeing 767 Series.
F. Airbus A340 Series.
G. Airbus A319, A320 and A321 Series.
H. Harvard T6 Series.
I. A 330 Differences
A. P&W JT8D Series.
B. P&W JT9D Series.
C. P&W 4000 Series.
D. P&W 1340 Series.
E. GE CF6 Series.
F. GE CFM56 Series.
G. IAE V2500 Series.
H. RR RB211 Series.
The facility also has the capability of presenting the following Regulatory training;
A. Human Factors
B. Civil Aviation Regulations
C. Airframe General
D. Engine General
E. Compass Swing
F. Aircraft Recovery
G. Lifting Equipment
H. Airside Training
For more details on Maintenance and Regulatory Training, contact Maintenance Training, South African Airways Technical, (011) 978-3935/ (011) 978-6399.