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Part 21 Design Technician (Special Purpose Award, Level 7)


Part 21 Design Technician is a  Level 7 Special Purpose Award programme aimed at Aircraft Maintenance personnel or those with a background in Aeronautical Engineering and offers them a career path into the area of Initial Airworthiness as an Aircraft Design Engineer.  It also offers more experienced personnel a deeper insight into Initial Airworthiness, in particular, the classification and approval of modifications and repairs.

Industry led training

Mick Malone Head of Airworthiness at Aero Inspection Part 21 Design Shannon said ‘’We are delighted to be working with LIT and AAV Training on this exciting new Part 21 Design Technician Level 7 Special Purpose Award course.  We believe it will bring a good understanding of initial airworthiness and introduce students to the very interesting world of aircraft design and initial airworthiness. ‘’

Mick explains why he has developed this course, ‘’  It’s a great option for those who want to develop their careers as design engineers , I wish this course was available when I was starting off as a design engineer,  we are also aware that currently there is a skills shortage of engineers and technicians to work in EASA approved design and production organizations’  from design engineer to  more senior positions.

We are actively addressing this shortage by designing a course which will give our students the opportunity to develop the required knowledge and skills to confidently take up these positions.  It also offers more experienced personnel a deeper insight into Initial Airworthiness, in particular, the classification and approval of modifications and repairs”


On successful completion of this course, participants will have a fundamental knowledge of Initial Airworthiness legislation and how it impacts aircraft design and design changes. It will introduce the learner to the theory and practice of Initial Airworthiness and provide them with an opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the development process for major and minor aircraft modification and repairs.



Entry Requirements

Individuals with a Level 6 qualification in aircraft maintenance, an aviation qualification at Level 6 or above or with extensive experience in the aircraft maintenance industry.



Content – Indicative

  • Legislation of Part 21 Design.
  • TCDS Type Certificate Data Sheet.
  • Certification Specifications/Airworthiness codes.
  • Design Organisation and Means of Compliance.
  • Instructions for Continued Airworthiness.
  • Supplemental Type Certificates and Modifications.
  • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part 1.
  • Flammability and Flammability Testing Part 2.
  • Painting, Weight and Balance, Flight Control Balance.
  • Development of a minor modification/repair and presentation of the package to an authority for approval.



The module will be assessed through 100% continuous assessment. Students will complete ten written assignment /case study/report as per the ten sections set out in the indicative syllabus.


Aircraft Engineers,  Technical Records Personnel, Part 21 Design Organisations, Heads of Design, Heads of Airworthiness, Quality Management staff, Design Engineers, Leasing company managers and staff with an interest in design, modification or repair.

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