Launch of DIT Aviation Technology Centre at Dublin Airport Business Park

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Pictured at the official opening of the DIT Aviation
Technology Centre are (l to r)
Tom Corrigan, DIT Dept. of Mechanical and Transport Engineering,
Minsiter of State, Pat Carey, T.D.,
Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT
and Michael Kennedy T.D.

The DIT Aviation Technology Centre is central to the education of Irish aircraft maintenance engineers and many other associated fields in the aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry .

Following the closure of SR Technic, and the redundancy of apprentices employed by that firm, DIT has undertaken the delivery of courses for Phase 4 apprentices during this summer to enable them to continue with their apprenticeship and to provide them with additional modules which will allow them to complete the knowledge examinations for the Part 66 basic licence.  There are now 26 former employees of SR Technics enrolled on training programmes at the Aviation Technology Centre.

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Minister of State Pat Carey TD pictured with aircraft
maintenance apprentice Alan Foley at the launch
of the DIT Aviation Technology Centre
at Dublin Airport Business Park.

DIT is currently designing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Technology and Management which will not only attract Leaving Certificate students through the CAO system, but will also provide a progression route to higher education, for those already working in the aviation maintenance field.   The Transport Engineering Department is also involved in various aircraft/engine ‘type’ courses and ‘jet engine overhaul procedures

The facility close to Dublin airport mirrors the type of facility used in the industry so students have the opportunity to work in a realistic environment.  It includes four main sections:

  • The hangar area which contains 2 aircraft, a helicopter, tool stores and multiple training rigs. This is designed to reflect the base maintenance environment for the student.
  • The engine bay which has 7 engines varying from piston to one of the largest production turbojets; the Pratt & Whitney JT9D. The structures workshop provides the student with the hands-on experience of aircraft structural repair techniques and manufacture.
  • The avionics laboratory allows the student to develop their electrical and avionic skills and to apply this knowledge to the most modern of aircraft.  

Numerous items of equipment are used during the more practical aspects of the training.  Some very significant items have been kindly donated by the airline community, demonstrating the level of support and interaction between DIT and the industry. 

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Aircraft maintenance apprentices Andrew Burke
and Charlene Leddy, pictured with Minister of State Pat Carey TD

 

  • Staff and students have at their disposal a working Fouga Magister military jet donated by the Department of Defence as well as numerous jet engines and airframe components.
  • Most of the airframe equipment has been donated by SR Technics and Ryanair
  • the engine components were donated mostly by Lufthansa Airmotive Ireland.  
  • The department also purchased a Robinson R22 helicopter

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Tom Corrigan with Bill Brazil, Mick Ford and Bill Butler
all former members of staff at the DIT School
of Mechanical and Transport Engineering

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Dr Mike Murphy, Director DIT Faculty of Engineering,
making a presentation to Mr Jim Fortune,
formerly of the Irish Aviation Authority
in recognition of his close work with DIT.

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