JAL Group and ANA Group will start training of first class aircraft line maintenance technicians from April 2007 in cooperation and
coordination with the Japan Aviation Technical College and Naka-Nippon Aviation. College.Line maintenance technicians are maintenance personnel who can confirm completion of maintenance, such as the pre-departure
inspection of large aircraft operated by scheduled airlines.
Currently, the JAL Group and ANA Group employ many graduates from aviation technical colleges
who have obtained second class aircraft maintenance technician certificates and second class aircraft
line maintenance technician certificates, qualifying them as being able to confirm the completion of
maintenance of small aircraft (such as Cessnas) But the airlines shared the same interest in that there
were few maintenance personnel qualified for large aircraft.
Therefore, to prepare for the retirement of maintenance personnel who were employed in the years
of large scale expansion and to cope with the increase of maintenance activities to be provided by the
coming increase in slots at Narita and Haneda airports, the airlines have held studies with related
organizations on ways to effectively jointly train maintenance personnel for large aircraft by
businesses and colleges.
Under the joint training program of maintenance personnel by the airlines and aviation technical
colleges, an internship program will be introduced with the cooperation of the airlines to conduct
training on large aircraft simulators, OJT (On the Job Training), that was difficult for aviation
technical colleges to do independently. Trainees will be able to acquire the first class aircraft line
maintenance certificates while enrolled at college. Specifically, from FY2007, Japan Aviation
Technical College and Naka-Nippon Aviation College will open a first class aircraft line maintenance
technician course, which will provide basic training on aircraft in the first and second years on
campus, and in the third year, knowledge and skills on large aircraft as interns under the guidance and
supervision of instructors at airline training facilities and maintenance centers, at Haneda and Narita
airports. In FY2009, ANA and JAL plan to recruit 15 interns each respectively, a total of around 30
Training maintenance personnel for large aircraft at aviation technical colleges will not only enable
the airlines to secure human resources with the qualities required of maintenance personnel in this age
of low birthrate, but it is also meaningful for businesses and colleges to collaborate and cooperate in
securing quality human resources and training qualified maintenance personnel.