Sha-Shib Aviation Academy, Kochi

Approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Government of India under CAR-147 (Basic)

Eligibility: 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics or 3-year diploma in Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics.

Be the Real Hero of the Aviation Industry

Be a Licenced AME: the backbone of aircraft safety, holding the crucial responsibility of certifying aircraft for flight.

Eligibility: 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics or 3-year diploma in Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics.

Study with the Leader in Aviation Education

Sha-Shib Group of Institutions is the largest group in South Asia for imparting training in the field of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering

Eligibility: 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics or 3-year diploma in Mechanical / Electrical / Electronics.

Eligibility: Plus Two with Physics, Chemistry, Maths or 3-year Engg. Diploma

Do you want to become a person
who decides the take off an aircraft?

No aircraft can take flight without the approval from a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) are the silent guardians, ensuring the wings stay strong and the skies remain safe. They are the backbone of aircraft safety, holding the crucial responsibility of certifying aircraft for flight. Whether it's a commercial airliner, a private jet, or an air ambulance rushing to save lives, every aircraft in India needs the green light from a licensed AME before it can soar into the sky.

According to the stringent guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), as well as the Indian Aircraft Rules-1937 and Aircraft Act-1934, “No aircraft can be released to service unless a Certificate of Release to Service (CRS) is issued at the completion of any maintenance, when satisfied that all maintenance required has been properly carried out, by appropriate Certifying staff, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers on behalf of the maintenance organisation in compliance with requirements of CAR 66.".


Aircarft Maintenance Engineering Under CAR 147 (Basic)

  • B1.1 (Mechanical)
  • B2 (Avionics)



SAA Kochi is backed by the Sha-Shib Group, the largest group in South Asia for imparting training in the field of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering under CAR 147 (Basic)

  • The campus features Aircraft Hangar with functional aircraft:-

    a) Learjet 25B, fitted with CJ610-6 Turbojet Engine

    b) Cessna 150 fitted with Piston Engine

  • Enhancing learning are state-of-the-art classrooms, digitally equipped, and air-conditioned.
  • Practical tie-ups with AIESL - Al Engineering Services Ltd. provide real-world experience.
  • The training at our organizations, regulated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, Government of India, is in accordance with international standards.
  • Facilities include well-maintained instrument labs, electrical labs, radio navigation labs, jet engine and piston engine labs, airframe shops, machine shops, and other workshops, alongside a technical library.

AME Courses

Our Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Programs

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Aircraft Maintenance Engineering B1.1

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Aircraft Maintenance Engineering B2

Additional Graduation Programs Offered along with AME

Bsc / BBA

Sha-Shib Group at a Glance

Sha-Shib Aviation Academy, located in Cochin, India, stands as the premier DGCA-approved institute for Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME), proudly affiliated with the esteemed Sha-Shib Group of Institutions. Positioned within the expansive ecosystem of the Group, recognized as the largest in South Asia for AME training, our academy distinguishes itself through its unwavering commitment to nurturing proficient aviation professionals.

Country Presence

AME Colleges in India

Airport Presence

MRO Bases & Sub-bases

Licensed Engineers as Mentors

Functional & Live Aircrafts

Flying Aircrafts

Practical Tie-Ups

Flying Training Organisations

Sha-Shib Aviation Academy

Approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation under CAR-147 (Basic)

World-class Training

Sha-Shib Aviation Academy (SAA) is a specialised technical institute that has made remarkable advancements in the 21st century by providing top-tier technological education and structured hands-on practical training with cutting-edge aircraft to students pursuing Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME).

Approved by DGCA, Govt. of India

SAA, DGCA-approved under CAR-147 (Basic), ensures strict safety and regulatory compliance. This endorsement guarantees high-quality training and facilities, fostering international recognition. Licensed AMEs are empowered to explore global opportunities confidently, thanks to this accreditation.

Smart Classrooms

We utilise digital, smart, and air-conditioned classrooms to enhance comprehension and learning. Technology is central to our teaching approach. Our institute houses workshops and working models of aircraft systems, such as the Airframe, Engine, Precision, Welding, Machine, Fitting, Instrument, Radio, and Electrical Shops, ensuring comprehensive training for AME students.

Located in a Promising City

Cochin, a key city in South India, offers an ideal setting for aviation professionals to thrive in their education. SAA provides a nurturing environment, paving the way for success in the dynamic aviation industry. Additionally, Cochin's appeal as a preferred destination ensures a vibrant learning experience for students.

Practical Tie-ups with Major Companies

Our partnership with industry leader Air India Engineering Services Private Limited immerses Sha-Shib Aviation Academy students in real-world aviation scenarios, refining their skills alongside industry professionals. Moreover, our dedication to practical education extends with access to Sha-Shib Group's 13 Maintenance Repair Overhaul Organisations nationwide, providing advanced training opportunities.

Hangar with Aircraft for Practical Training

At Sha-Shib Aviation Academy, our aircraft hangar boasts numerous synthetic working mock-ups and fully operational Lear-Jet 25B business jet aircraft, enriching students' practical understanding. Our experiential curriculum surpasses traditional teaching methods; students gain industry-leading skills through rigorous practical training, preparing them to excel in the aviation industry.

Our Presence

The Sha Shib Group has had a tremendous influence on the aviation sector with its national and worldwide presence,
which offers top-notch educational and training facilities.

With a significant presence in three countries—India, UK, UAE, and USA—Sha Shib Group's extraordinary educational offerings have transcended national boundaries and improved the lives of countless students throughout the world.

India – "Sha Shib Group is widely present in 12 important Indian cities and provides excellent aviation education and training. It is in an excellent position to meet India's expanding aviation market needs.

United Kingdom - The second-largest aircraft manufacturing market in the world has enormous possibilities. Our presence there will improve our students' educational and training experiences, setting the path for a successful future in the aviation sector.

United States of America – The Sha Shib Group's presence in the USA gives students access to excellent instruction as well as career prospects in the largest aviation market in the world.

United Arab Emirates – Coming up soon

We operate various Aircraft maintenance companies at numerous Indian Airports

Guna Airport

Guna Airport, Guna, Madhya Pradesh

Ratlam Airstrip

Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh

Chhindwara Airport

Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

Sonari Aerodrome

Sonari, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

Biju Patnaik International Airport

ARDC, Near CUDCT, Bhubaneswar, Orissa

Karad Airport

Karad, Maharashtra

Hosur Airport

Taneja Aerospace Road, Belagondanahalli, Tamil Nadu

The Sha-Shib Group of Institutions has risen to prominence as the largest provider of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering training in South Asia. This milestone is attributed not only to our network of nine Aircraft Maintenance Engineering institutes but also to our extensive Maintenance Repair & Overhauling Organizations (MROs) network. With eight MROs and sub-bases presence at 13 locations across India, our vast infrastructure amplifies practical training opportunities for students, enabling them to acquire valuable hands-on experience in the aviation field.

IAE MRO, Navi Mumbai
ARDC MRO, Guwahati
ARDC MRO, Jamshedpur
ARDC MRO, Bhubaneswar
HAE MRO, Karad
IASPL MRO, Mandsaur
Air 7 Star
Air Allegiance

Sha-Shib Aerospace Engineering, Gurugram
Institute of Aeronautics & Engineering, Bhopal
Indian Aerospace & Engineering, Navi Mumbai
Hindustan Aerospace & Engineering, Pune
Academy of Aviation & Engineering, Bengaluru
Utkal Aerospace & Engineering, Bhubaneshwar
Sha-Shib Flying Academy, Guna
Sha-Shib Aviation Academy, Cochin
Aerospace Research & Development Centre, Jamshedpur

Shashib Flying Academy

Guna Airport, Guna Madhya Pradesh - 473001

Sha-Shib Flying Academy -Guna (MP)
Aerospace Research and Development Centre- Bhubaneswar
Hindustan Aerospace and Engineering - Karad (MH)

Sha-Shib College of Technology, Bhopal
Sha-Shib College of Engineering, Bangalore

Quetzal Air Hostess & Hospitality Academy, Mumbai
Quetzal Air Hostess & Hospitality Academy, Pune
Quetzal Air Hostess & Hospitality Academy, Bengaluru
Quetzal Air Hostess & Hospitality Academy, Bhopal
Quetzal Air Hostess & Hospitality Academy, Cochin
Quetzal Air Hostess & Hospitality Academy, Guwahati

Employment Opportunities

In the dynamic field of aviation, licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and reliability of aircraft. If you're an AME, your expertise is highly sought after by leading aviation companies worldwide.

As per the Indian Aircraft Act, 1934, and the rules made thereunder, the release of Indian Registered Aircraft for flying is mandated after certification by a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, as licensed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). An AME certifies that an aircraft is airworthy and safe for flying before any flight can take place. Individuals aspiring to obtain an AME licence need to undergo a licensing program as per DGCA regulations.

Even if you hold a BSc, BE/B.Tech, ME/M.Tech, or PhD in Aviation / Aeronautical / Aerospace, certification of any Indian registered aircraft requires licensing by the DGCA, as per regulation (CAR-66). Only a licensed AME can certify an aircraft for airworthiness and safety.

A licensed AME can certify:

  • Large aircraft operated by airlines.
  • Aircraft operated for charter operations and business jets.
  • Aircraft used by the State and Central Government for various needs.
  • Aircraft required for pilot’s flying training.

After becoming a licensed AME, you can seek employment in various national and international aviation industries across the world.

Major Recruiters

Top Employment Opportunities for Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

Upon acquiring a licence from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME), a plethora of opportunities emerge within the aviation sector. The AME licence is a pivotal credential enabling individuals to play a vital role in ensuring the safety and smooth functioning of aircraft. It serves as both a testament to technical proficiency and a gateway to diverse aviation sectors, with many positions mandated by civil aviation regulations.

Commercial Airlines

Airlines operate both in the air and on the ground, offering a multitude of job opportunities. From pilots and air traffic controllers to ramp planners and loaders, candidates can explore diverse roles in the aviation industry. Presently, India hosts 39 operational airlines, presenting ample career prospects for aspiring aviation professionals.

Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Facilities

MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) companies specialise in maintaining and ensuring the optimal condition of aircraft and their components, including jet engines and landing gears, among others. Their primary mission revolves around testing and repairing aircraft to meet predetermined safety and performance standards.

Aircraft Manufacturing Industry

The Aircraft Manufacturing Industry encompasses the production of aircraft by companies like Airbus, Boeing, and others. Aircraft Manufacturing Engineers play a crucial role in designing and constructing next-generation aircraft, integrating cutting-edge technologies to advance aviation capabilities.

Aircraft Components Manufacturing Industry

The Aircraft components manufacturing industry focuses on producing various components and parts for aircraft. Aircraft Maintenance Engineers specialise in analysing these parts and employ advanced technology to design and fabricate improved components, contributing to the continuous enhancement of aircraft performance and safety.

Flying Club

A flying club operates as a non-profit organisation, typically run by its members. It offers affordable access to airport facilities and resources, allowing members to enjoy flying activities at reduced costs compared to individual ownership or commercial services.

Government Agencies

Government aviation authorities such as the DGCA and military organisations employ licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers to manage the maintenance and safety of their aircraft fleets. This sector offers stability and presents unique challenges. Key positions within government aviation-related agencies include Airworthiness Officers, who play a critical role in ensuring compliance with safety regulations and standards.

Employment Opportunities for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers while pursuing the examination for an AME licence
Store Inspectors:

Store Inspectors are responsible for managing and inspecting aircraft spare parts and components to ensure their quality and airworthiness.

Technical Officers:

Technical Officers provide technical support and expertise in various areas, such as avionics, airframe, or powerplant systems.

Aircraft Maintenance Technician:

These technicians perform maintenance tasks under the supervision of licensed AMEs. They assist in inspections, repairs, and component replacements.

Planning Manager:

Planning Managers are involved in scheduling maintenance tasks, allocating resources, and ensuring that maintenance activities are carried out efficiently.

Continuing Airworthiness Manager:

This role focuses on ensuring that aircraft remain in an airworthy condition throughout their operational life, including oversight of maintenance programs, etc.

Quality Manager:

Quality Managers are responsible for establishing and maintaining a quality management system to ensure that all maintenance activities meet regulatory and quality standards.

Workshop Maintenance Manager:

Responsible for managing aircraft component maintenance workshops, ensuring that maintenance tasks are performed to the required standards.

Aircraft Maintenance Manager:

This role typically involves overseeing the day-to-day operations of the maintenance department, including scheduling, personnel management, and ensuring compliance with regulations.

Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

Why should you choose a career in aviation in India?

A rising proportion of middle-income households, healthy competition among Low-Cost Carriers, infrastructure buildup at leading airports, and a supportive policy framework have given a positive push to the aviation sector. The civil aviation industry in India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing industries in the country during the last three years and can be broadly classified into scheduled air transport service, which includes domestic and international airlines, non-scheduled air transport service consisting of charter operators and air taxi operators, and air cargo service, which includes air transportation of cargo and mail.

Domestic traffic contributes around 69% of the total airline traffic in South Asia, and India’s airport capacity is expected to handle 1 billion trips annually by 2023. The Indian aviation industry has fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic shock, as indicated by the air traffic movement, which stood at 327.28 million in FY23 compared to 188.89 million in FY22. India has become the third-largest domestic aviation market in the world and is expected to overtake the UK to become the third-largest air passenger market by 2024.

Currently, the country has 149 operational airports, including 137 airports, 2 water aerodromes, and 9 heliports. Among them, there are 29 international, 92 domestic, and 10 custom airports. To meet the growing demand for air travel in India, it has become imperative to increase the capacity of airport infrastructure.

To augment airport infrastructure, the government aims to develop 100 airports by 2024 under the UDAN Scheme. To date, 76 airports have been developed. More than 2.15 lakh UDAN flights have operated, and over 11 million passengers have availed the benefits of UDAN flights so far. This will increase the demand for aviation professionals as airports can't function without AMEs, ground staff, and other aviation professionals.

The projected upsurge in air travel in India would require more aircraft usage, further igniting the demand for Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services. The Indian Civil Aviation MRO market, at present, stands at around $900 million and is anticipated to grow to $4.33 billion by 2025, increasing at a CAGR of about 14-15%.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) play a central role in providing these services. AMEs are licensed professionals responsible for inspecting, repairing, and maintaining aircraft to meet regulatory standards and ensure safe operation. MRO services must comply with aviation regulations set by authorities such as DGCA. MRO facilities must employ AMEs as per rules also.

Up to 100% FDI is permitted in MRO for maintenance and repair organisations, flying training institutes, and technical training institutes under the automatic route. This will increase the number of MROs in the country.

Due to the rise in demand for air travel, India will need 2,380 new commercial aeroplanes by 2038. According to a report titled ‘Travel market in India’, published by RedCore - a RedSeer unit focusing on early-stage companies - the travel market in India, worth ~US$ 75 billion in FY20, is projected to cross US$ 125 billion by FY27.

According to data from Boeing's Current Market Outlook (CMO) and Airbus' Global Market Forecast (GMF), India has consistently shown strong demand for new aircraft over the past decade. For example, in Boeing's CMO 2021, India was projected to require 2,230 new aeroplanes over the next 20 years, worth $320 billion. Similarly, Airbus' GMF 2020 predicted India's need for over 1,700 new passenger and freighter aircraft by 2039. These projections highlight the anticipated growth in demand for AMEs, Pilots, and Air Hostesses.

The Regional Connectivity Scheme or UDAN (‘Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik’) scheme plans to enhance connectivity to India's unserved and under-served airports and envisages making air travel affordable and widespread. More than 2.15 lakh UDAN flights have operated, and over 11 million passengers have availed the benefits of UDAN flights as of November 30, 2022. The Government has set a target to operationalize 1,000 UDAN routes and to revive/develop 100 unserved & underserved airports/heliports/water aerodromes (including 68 aerodromes) by 2024.

Do you know?

An aircraft comprises millions of mechanical and electrical components, ensuring its airworthiness and the safety of passengers and crew. In India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) mandates that Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) obtain a licence to uphold stringent safety standards in the aviation sector. DGCA-approved AME training facilities undergo regular evaluations to ensure adherence to safety guidelines. AMEs undergo rigorous training and testing before receiving their license, ensuring their ability to perform duties safely and maintain industry safety standards.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) prepares students to uphold aircraft safety and airworthiness standards through meticulous maintenance and repair practices. The program encompasses diverse streams covering aircraft systems, materials, maintenance techniques, and safety protocols, supplemented by hands-on training on aircraft components. Upon acquiring the requisite licence from aviation authorities, such as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India, aircraft maintenance engineers can pursue rewarding careers in airlines, maintenance organisations, or aircraft manufacturing sectors.

Each stream of the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) program focuses on specific areas of aircraft maintenance and repair:
Mechanical Stream (Category B1.1, B1.2, B1.3):
  • Deals with the study and maintenance of various aircraft systems, including jet engines, piston engines, and turbine engines.
  • Covers heavy aeroplane structures, light aeroplane structures, and helicopter (rotary aeroplane) structures.
  • Involves maintenance tasks related to airframe, powerplant, and associated systems.
Avionics Stream (Category B2):
  • Focuses on aircraft instrument systems, aircraft radio and navigation systems, and aircraft electrical systems.
  • Covers electronic components, communication systems, navigation equipment, and electrical wiring.
  • Involves troubleshooting, repair, and calibration of avionic systems to ensure proper functioning.
While both streams require a thorough understanding of aircraft systems and maintenance practices, they differ in the specific components and systems they cover, reflecting the diverse nature of aircraft maintenance tasks and collectively ensuring safety.

Enrolling in an aviation course through a reputable organisation like Sha-Shib Group offers students a plethora of benefits. With a 33-year legacy in the aviation industry, Sha-Shib Group is renowned for its high-quality education and training programs. Students gain access to expert faculty members, cutting-edge aviation maintenance and repair technologies, and hands-on training opportunities. Additionally, Sha-Shib Group facilitates advanced training programs and assists with job placement in leading aviation companies through its extensive industry network. Studying under the Sha-Shib Group enhances a student's credentials and increases their prospects of success in the aviation sector. Moreover, access to over 13 Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) facilities and 22 operational aircraft owned by Sha-Shib Group provides invaluable practical experience throughout their training journey.