ICAT’s aircraft engineering school (formerly ATAE) is located at Archerfield Airport and is certified by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) as a Part 147 approved Maintenance Training Organisation.

ICAT utilises existing experience and qualifications to offer Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) toward the Part 147 aligned Diploma of Aeroskills.

To ensure maximum flexibility for employers and busy aircraft maintenance engineers, our  programme is conducted via correspondence and our online platform supported by our experienced trainers. Where possible, exams are conducted in the workplace. Where this is not possible, travel may be required to undertake invigilated assessments as required by CASA.

This course is available as a single diploma with either mechanics or avionics specialisation, or a Dual Diploma that covers both, depending on the applicant’s background and qualifications.


MEA50118 Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics)
MEA50218 Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)


To suit applicant / employer
(depends on experience & qualifications)


Australian High School or equivalent
Maths, Physics preferred; Advanced English
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer experience and/or qualifications


from $900
*This programme may be eligible for funding, please enquire.


To suit applicant / employer


Archerfield Airport, Brisbane, Australia
Course-ware available via online and/or correspondence

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Aircraft Maintenance Engineers carry out the important process of repairing, maintaining and releasing aircraft to fly safely.

Avionics Aircraft Maintenance Engineers carry out examinations, maintenance and repairs of the electrical components of aircraft such as on board computers, radio, radar and GPS directional equipment.

Mechanical Aircraft Maintenance Engineers predominantly carry out examinations, maintenance and repairs of the mechanical components of aircraft such as gas turbine jet and piston engines, frames, hydraulic, pneumatic, fuel and other associated systems.

Engineer training is conducted at both our Business Technology Park Campus and our Archerfield Airport workshop, which is equipped with professional aircraft engineering tools, a wide range of industry mechanical, electronic training aids and supplies as well as fully operational aircraft (Cessna 175) and Lycoming aircraft engine.

ICAT’s Part 147 aligned Dual Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics and Mechanical) comprehensively delivers ALL theory training for the mechanical and avionics CASA modules.

Training activities include:

  • formal aeroskills theory training and assessments aligned to CASA modules
  • basic hand-skills workshops to learn about aircraft mechanical and electrical components and systems; hydraulics; pneumatics; fabrication; using professional aviation tools.


CASA Part 147 

ICAT Aviation College is a CASA approved Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation.

To provide even better outcomes for graduates of this course, ICAT Aviation College has successfully sought approval to become a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation. This approval means that graduates of ICAT’s Diploma level Aeroskills course may use their training records (combined with a completed practical work journal) to apply for an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence.


Course Fees

Domestic Student Tuition Fee:

This programme is subsidised for domestic students.
Single Diploma: $900 per term (funded) = total $5,400
Dual Diploma: $900 per term (funded) = total $7,200

Deposit Required: minimum prepayment of first term $900. Each term to be paid in advance.


International Student Fee:

Single Diploma: $42,000
Dual Diploma: $56,000

Please advise at the time of applying if you wish to be considered for a tuition fee instalment plan.

Deposit Required: $7,000 ~ $21,000 (depending on GTE requirements) + Overseas Student Health Cover insurance if relevant.


Theory / knowledge and basic hand-skills* of:
• MEA50118 Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics)
• MEA50218 Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)

*Graduates wishing to gain an Australian CASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence will additionally be required to undertake extensive journalised work experience – an ongoing process that can take 2 to 5 years.


• Single Diploma – 18 months / Dual Diploma – 2 years
• 3 ~ 5 days per week full time
• On campus mode only

The course is open to both domestic and international students with no industry experience and industry workers seeking to formalise or upgrade qualifications through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


CRICOS Codes: 096948J (Avionics); 096949G (Mechanical)

Study Units

MEA101 Interpret work health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
MEA103 Plan and organise aviation maintenance work activities
MEA105 Apply quality standards applicable to aviation maintenance processes
MEA107 Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
MEA108 Complete aviation maintenance industry documentation
MEA109 Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance
MEA111 Perform aircraft maintenance administrative processes
MEA112 Plan and implement civil aircraft maintenance activities
MEA113 Supervise civil aircraft maintenance activities and manage HR
MEA116 Apply work health and safety procedures at supervisor level
MEA142 Manage self in the aviation maintenance environment
MEA118 Conduct self in the aviation maintenance environment
MEA148 Apply mathematics and physics in aviation maintenance
MEA201 Remove and install miscellaneous aircraft electrical hardware/components
MEA203 Remove and install advanced aircraft electrical system components
MEA205 Remove and install advanced aircraft instrument system components
MEA206 Remove and install aircraft basic radio communication and navigation systems
MEA207 Remove and install aircraft electronic system components
MEA223 Inspect aircraft electrical systems and components
MEA224 Inspect aircraft instrument systems and components
MEA225 Inspect fixed wing aircraft automatic flight control systems
MEA226 Inspect aircraft electronic systems and components
MEA227 Test and troubleshoot aircraft electrical systems and components
MEA228 Test and troubleshoot aircraft instrument systems and components
MEA229 Test and troubleshoot aircraft radio systems
MEA230 Test and troubleshoot fixed wing aircraft automatic flight systems
MEA232 Test and troubleshoot aircraft pulse systems and components
MEA235 Perform advanced troubleshooting in aircraft avionic maintenance
MEA241 Perform aircraft weight and balance calculations
MEA246 Fabricate and/or repair aircraft electrical hardware or parts
MEA260 Use electrical test equipment
MEA301 Perform aircraft flight servicing
MEA325 Perform aircraft weight and balance calculations


Academic Criteria

  • Australian or Australian-equivalent senior high school certificate with average or above results.
  • Maths and Physics preferred
  • A strong interest in machines, electronics systems and processes
  • Well organised and self disciplined


English Language Criteria

All applicants, unless exempt, must present results from one of the following formal English assessments at the time of applying.

  • 6.0 IELTS (Academic) with no band score below 5.5
  • PTE Academic 57
  • TOEFL IBT 78
  • TOEFL CBT 210
  • TOEFL Paper 547
  • TOEIC 720
  • CASA Aviation English Assessment Level 4

Please note: You may be exempt from the English language criteria if you are a citizen of, or studied for more than 2 years in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada or the United States of America. Exemptions are assessed case by case.

English language packaged pathways are available for this course but a formal test result may still be required.

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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