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Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
Programme Aims

This programme aims to train students becoming licensed ( B1.1 Airframe or B2* Avionics) aircraft maintenance personnel who may serve as certifying engineers or technicians so that they may be capable to satisfy the growing needs of the aviation industry.

IVE (TY) has acquired approval from Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department as an Approved Aircraft Maintenance Training Organisation. Since aircraft operations and maintenance are international or cross-bordered in nature as well as internationally connected and recognised, students are given chances to widen their perspectives as well as gaining international experiences and practices. Hence, students are arranged to undergo practical training and aircraft maintenance practices at the HAECO (Hong Kong), HAECO (Xiamen), Guangzhou Civil Aviation College and/or other aircraft maintenance organizations located at the Guangzhou International Airport.

The programme is designed with an emphasis on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Tsing Yi)

Entrance Requirements
Career Prospects

The programme is designed in accordance with the Hong Kong Aviation Requirements-66 so as to train up students to a standard recognised by the authorities and the industry in the field of aircraft maintenance engineering. Graduates may be employed by aircraft maintenance companies, airline companies, airfreight cargo operators and/or related organisations / companies in the aviation industry. Graduates may apply for full-time or part-time related professional degree programmes at local or overseas universities.
The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. (HAECO) and IVE(TY) collaborate to offer an Industrial Training programme. Students being successfully selected may undergo training at HAECO.


Graduates may articulate to the degree programmes offered by Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi):

  1. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aircraft Engineering.

Graduates can apply for admission to the relevant BEng (Hons) programmes offered by the following local universities :

  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  4. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  5. The City University of Hong Kong 
  6. The Hong Kong Metropolitan University
  7. The Hong Kong Baptist University
  8. The Education University of Hong Kong

Graduates can apply for admission to the top-up Bachelor of Applied Science in Aviation # jointly run in Hong Kong by School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE) of VTC and the RMIT University, Australia. Please refer to the corresponding programme page on the website of SHAPE for the registered course number[Not applicable to Mainland students]

Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.

Higher Diploma is recognised by most overseas universities. Special offers are given by:

  1. The University of Sheffield, UK
  2. The Swansea University, Wales, UK
  3. The University of Liverpool, UK

# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

Professional Recognition

The programme is approved by the Civil Aviation Department of the HKSAR as an approved aircraft maintenance training course.
The programme has been accredited by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers as satisfying the academic requirements for its associate membership.
Partial Tuition Refund Scheme for the Specialised Aircraft Maintenance Programme:
Graduates from the programme meeting the requirements are eligible to apply for the scheme. Successful applicants may receive 50% refund of the total tuition fee paid for the Higher Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, subject to a maximum sum of HK$50,000 (whichever is the less) each. For more details, please refer to :

  • Students may be required to attend classes on other VTC campuses. VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
  • For details, please contact Engineering Department of IVE (Tsing Yi) :
    Telephone No. : 2436 8641 
    E-mail Address :
  • Other information :
    • Students will have to attend about 210 hours of additional practical training / industrial attachment in Hong Kong or Mainland China as arranged by IVE, at an extra fee (For reference, HK$28,100 would be required for academic year 2022/23, and the actual fee is subject to change). The student grant and loan schemes cover both this fee and the tuition fees. Applicants should also note that, due to airworthiness requirements, there may be employment-related physiological and medical fitness requirements laid by the industry.
    • For the training in Mainland China, students will be provided with accommodation. They have to pay for their own travelling to and from the training venue and living expenses.
  • Students who opt to obtain the “HKAR-66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence in B1.1 Airframe or B2* Avionics” are required to accrue practical training hours in an approved aircraft maintenance organisation to fulfil the relevant requirement laid by HKCAD.

Semester 1 :
Core modules :
-English & Communication : Workplace interaction
-IT Essential – Smart Living
-Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
-Fundamental Engineering Science
-English & Communication: Workplace Correspondence
-Mathematics, Physics and Aircraft Aerodynamics
-Aircraft Electrical & Electronic Fundamentals
-Engineering Practical Training


Semester 2 :
Core modules :
-English & Communication : Reports
-Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
-Digital Techniques and Electronic Instrument Systems
-Materials & Hardware (A)
-Materials & Hardware (B)
-Aircraft Maintenance Practices (A)


Semester 3 :
Core modules :
-English & Communication : Persuasive Presentation
-Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures & Systems (I)
-Aviation Legislation, Human Factors & Project Management


Airframe B1.1 Stream only:
-Aircraft Maintenance Practices B (B1.1)


Avionics B2* Stream only:
-Electronic Fundamentals (Avionics)


Semester 4 :
Core modules :
-Vocational Chinese Communication I: Putonghua Conversation & Reports
-English & Communication: Promotional Materials
-Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement
-Common Elective Module
-Enrichment Module A


Airframe B1.1 Stream only:
-Gas Turbine Engine (A)
-Gas Turbine Engine (B)
-Aeroplane Structures


Avionics B2* Stream only:
-Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structure and Systems A (Avionics)
-Aircraft Aerodynamics, Structure and Systems B (Avionics)
-Digital Techniques & Electronic Instrument system (Avionics)


Semester 5 :
Airframe B1.1 Stream only:
-Aircraft Practical Training and Actual Maintenance Practices


Avionics B2* Stream only:
-Avionic Practical Training and Actual Maintenance Practices


Semester 6 :
Core modules :
-Vocational Chinese Communication III : Putonghua Presentations, Administrative and Technical Text Writing
-Aeroplane Aerodynamics, Structures & Systems (II)
-Airframe Systems
-Enrichment Module B



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