ICAT aircraft engineering school offers innovative foundational skill building programmes at the Certificate II level specially designed for delivery in high school. The course provides skills and knowledge that lead to further studies toward a career in aircraft maintenance engineering such as ICAT’s Diploma of Aeroskills full time course at Archerfield Airport.

The Certificate II programme is conducted in-school by teachers supported by experienced aviation trainers and operational aircraft engineers. Students will undertake an aviation project such as building their own high performance quad-copter drone.

This course is open to both domestic and international high school students in year 11 and 12 with no industry experience.


MEA20418 - Certificate II in Aeroskills


1 year, 1 day per week (approx)


Current enrollment in Australian High School year 11 or 12
Upper Intermediate English equal to 6.0 IELTS or higher


$800 (domestic*) / $1,200 (international)
Instalment plan available.
*Study loans for up to full tuition fee available. Please enquire.


Jan | Apr | Jul | Oct Queensland School Term


In school or Hub School supported by ICAT's Archerfield Airport Workshop

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Aircraft maintenance engineers carry out the important process of repairing, maintaining and releasing aircraft to fly safely. Aircraft maintenance training is ideal for students with a strong interest in machines, engines, building things, and a passion for getting their hands dirty!

In this High School course, students will build their own fully operational drone.

Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist, in Australia’s STEM Workforce Report said: “… How might technologies we can’t imagine now be part of our daily experience tomorrow? … When I look to that future I see a world of opportunity for Australians with STEM training.”

Incorporating principles of flying, aerodynamics, engineering and programming, this innovative course is specially designed for school students and provides an engaging, challenging introduction to aviation pathways including Remote (Drone) Piloting, Aircraft Engineering, Aerospace Engineering and potentially Commercial Piloting.

Included in the course, students will have the opportunity to build their own fully operational drone aligned to the nationally accredited qualification – MEM20413 Certificate II in Engineering Pathways which meets STEM objectives.

The course has been designed to be delivered across 1 day per week for 30 weeks (or 3 x 70 minute sessions for 30 weeks depending on your school’s timetables). All equipment for the course is included in kit form with instructions and support.

Training activities include:

  • basic aeroskills theory
  • practical workshops to learn about aircraft mechanical and electrical components, hydraulics, pneumatics, simple fabrication using professional tools
  • drone electronics, frame assembly, software and flight controller preparation, motor and body assembly, flight testing


Course Fees

Domestic Student Tuition Fee:

$800 paid as $200 per school term x 4 terms.

Deposit Required: minimum prepayment of first term $200. Each term to be paid in advance.
Study Loans up to the full value of the course are available at reasonable interest rates.


International Student Fee:

$1,200 paid as $300 per school term x 4 terms.

Deposit Required: minimum prepayment of first term $300. Each term to be paid in advance.



Students who successfully complete the programme will graduate with the following aligned nationally accredited qualification:

  • MEA20418 – Certificate II in Aeroskills

Graduates can use the formal qualifications to seek a job or an apprenticeship with an aircraft maintenance employer or to gain credit toward further studies in the ICAT Diploma of Aeroskills. This course is delivered in ICAT’s Archerfield Airport
workshop facility.

Other qualifications that map closely to this qualification and may be achieved through varying or extending the programme:

  • MEA20518 – Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance
  • MEM20413 – Certificate II in Engineering Pathways


  • 1 year, 1 day per week (during school term)
  • Blended – online and face to face in-school


  • Enrolment in senior high school
  • Upper intermediate English (IELTS 6.0)

International Students:

This course is open to both domestic and international students enrolled in Australian high schools.

Study Units

MEA20418 – Certificate II in Aeroskills
MEA20518 – Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance

MEA154 Interpret work health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
MEA155 Plan and organise aviation maintenance work activities
MEA156 Apply quality standards applicable to aviation maintenance processes
MEA107 Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
MEA157 Complete aviation maintenance industry documentation
MEA158 Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals
MEA117 Apply self in the aviation maintenance environment
MEA119 Perform administrative processes
MEA238 Perform routine removal and installation of aircraft electrical hardware
MEA239 Fabricate aircraft electrical looms and harnesses
MEA295 Use electrical test equipment to perform basic electrical tests
MEA264 Remove and install aircraft electrical/avionic components in line maintenance
MEA265 Remove and install general aircraft electrical hardware
MEA329 Maintain aircraft basic hydraulic and pneumatic components or parts
MEA344 Remove and install aircraft components
MEA345 Perform scheduled line maintenance activities
MEA418 Perform basic repair of aircraft internal fittings during line maintenance
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


MEM20413 – Certificate II in Engineering Pathways

MEM13014A Apply principles of OH&S in the work environment
MEMPE005A Develop a career plan
MEMPE006A Undertake a basic engineering project
MSAENV272B Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSAPMSUP106A Work in a team
MEM16006A Organise and communicate information
MEM16008A Interact with computing technology
MEM18001C Use hand tools
MEM18002B Use power tools/hand held operations
MEMPE001A Use engineering workshop machines
MEMPE002A Use electric welding machines
MEMPE007A Pull apart and re-assemble engineering mechanisms


Academic Criteria

  • Enrolled in Australian senior high school year 11 or 12
  • Average or above results with Maths and Physics preferred
  • A strong interest in machines, electronics systems and processes
  • Well organised and self disciplined

English Language Criteria

  • Upper Intermediate English equal to 6.0 IELTS.

You are exempt from the English language criteria if you are a citizen of Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada or the United States of America.

International students who are enrolled in Australian high school and do not require ESL support may be exempt based on their English subject results, teacher recommendation and discussion with ICAT staff.

How to Apply


Check the course details to make sure this is the course for you. We recommend that you also consult with your local aviation authority to ensure that you understand the cost and procedure for converting your overseas aviation qualifications upon your return home.


Check the Requirements section to make sure you meet the criteria to enter the course. If you need to upgrade your English or your academic background, no problem, we can package these in.


If you are not a resident or citizen, you need to make sure you are eligible to get a student visa, so visit the website of the Australian Immigration Department and check the requirements for getting a student visa here.


If you are applying for a student visa, you will need to demonstrate that you have plenty of money to afford the course and the cost of living. Studying in Australia is a major financial investment so please do not undertake the course if this will cause you financial hardship. You should have at least enough money to cover the full cost of the course plus travel and the cost of living and insurance for your entire stay. Please visit our the Australian Government Study In Australia website here>> for further guidance.


If you are eligible to join this course and you have your funding ready, applying is easy! Our simply online application form includes a Quick Guide section. Please read the guide first so you have everything correctly prepared before applying. After reading the guide, just contact us if you have any questions. Click the “Apply Now” button below to go to the application form and guide.

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