A one-week course which describes and explains aircraft maintenance philosophies, maintenance management logistics and human factors. Read more Read less

This short course describes and explains aircraft maintenance philosophies, maintenance management logistics and human factors. The objective is to reduce costs, optimise performance and meet the requirements for continuing airworthiness management. The course also covers the principles of reliability as applied in maintenance.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 20 - 24 Feb 2017
  • Duration1 week
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,650 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course is delivered over 5 days, from Monday to Friday, and is mostly in the form of lectures. Group work and tutorials are also used for a short maintenance planning exercise. Industry speakers are also scheduled, representing Lufthansa Technik, Airbus, CFM International and Giode Ltd. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

At the end of the course, you should be able to:

• Describe the principles of reliability as applied in maintenance.
• Critically appraise the different philosophies for aircraft maintenance.
• Outline a maintenance management programme, including the control of operational standards, supply chain and cost issues.
• Develop a process for achieving continuing airworthiness management with the appropriate regulatory approval.

Core content

• Maintenance Programme Development - Creation of a Maintenance Programme; Maintenance Steering Group 3 Process.
• Outsourcing/In House Maintenance; Application of Lean Principles to Maintenance Operations; Maintenance Planning and Costs.
• Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance - Error types; Classification Systems for Human Factors; Maintenance Error Management System.
• Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
• Relationship Between Manufacturer, Operator and Maintenance Organisation.
• Continuing Airworthiness Management and Regulations (EASA Part M).
• Health and Usage Monitoring, Engine Condition Monitoring.


A typical timetable for this course is available to give you an idea of how this course is structured. Please note that this is not the actual timetable for the upcoming course and is subject to change.

Download the Air Transport Engineering - Maintenance Operations course timetable.

Who should attend

The course is aimed at technical/commercial staff in the aerospace industry. Typical delegates who would benefit from this course include aviation engineers and managers with responsibility for aircraft maintenance and modification programmes. Staff from regulatory authorities, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers would also benefit.


This short course is a module within the MSc in Airworthiness which is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


Cranfield speakers include Dr Simon Place, John Snow, Cengiz Turkoglu, Jeremy Smith and Dr Charles Kirke. Industry speakers are drawn from Lufthansa Technik, Airbus, CFM International and Giode Ltd.


Group Discount: Where more than three delegates are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount for the course is offered. Please ask about discount scheme at time of booking. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme.

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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