Mesa has launched a new and exciting program to train technicians to work on Airbus fleet and provide services to other carriers.

Mesa has launched a new and exciting program to train technicians to work on Airbus fleet and provide services to other carriers.

The seven-month program, which began in September, and will run through till the end of March, will include 280 hours of theory with an additional 520 hours of practical training, spent working on aircraft models.

The company is licensed to perform maintenance worldwide on Airbus A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A380, and BOMBARDIER CL-600-2B16 aircraft.

Some 15 people were accepted onto Mesa’s first training course. The average age of the first group of students is 27 years old, with the youngest being just 19 years old and the oldest 42.

The students will be training in, amongst other things, the theory of mathematics, physics, the principles of electrotechnics, aerodynamics, aeronautical legislation, as well as learning about gas turbine engines, and propellers.

Practical learning will centre on aircraft structures; engines, propellers and APU; electricity/avionics and aircraft systems.

Speaking about the course, Frederico Marques from Mesa Human Resources said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the excellent students that were able to shine in a rigorous selection process.

“Those students that are able to pass through the program, will not only have some of the best aviation technical training in the world, but they will also be guaranteed a job with Mesa at one of its maintenance sites.

“All the trainees have already shown great potential and have passed medical examinations, technical tests, a psychological assessment and a series of very challenging interviews.

“We are delighted with the degree of commitment of the students we have managed to recruit and we believe not only will they thrive here at Mesa, but some of them we expect to rise to the very top and be a big part of the way we develop as we move into a very bright future.”

Admissions criteria for the course included an intermediate level of English, the motivation to live and work in Beja, with candidates showing experience in mechanics, electronics, mechatronics or other aviation-related knowledge and experience having an advantage in the recruitment process.

“The cost of all training is met by Mesa and all graduates of the course will be offered employment working on our state-of-the-art Airbus fleet, Frederico Marques added.

“On top of that, just to help people on their way, we pay them a training scholarship bursary and provide a meal allowance for every student.”

Mesa is headquartered in Portugal, with mains bases in Lisbon, Beja, Brussels and Brisbane.

It is an EASA Part-145 maintenance organization, and has been approved under Portuguese Authority (ANAC) with Certificate PT.145.020. It provides maintenance services 24/7, 365 days a year.