The aeronautical BTS, a too little known diploma
This week, Philippe Janton tells us about a too little known diploma: the aeronautical BTS.
The aeronautical BTS : does it really exist ?
It does ! It must be very interesting and it will give me more in-depth knowledge of maintenance, aircraft construction and many other sectors.
Here is the reflection I made when I graduated from my aeronautical professional MSC option, as many of my colleagues have chosen this path. Some even went to an engineering school.
After the baccalaureate, we also have the opportunity to start on a PART 145 license with the difficult choice of having to specialize in a well-defined area with a typical qualification (QT) on aircraft type. I did not really want to specialize myself. Although graduated from BTS I quickly found a job, I now have the impression that this BTS is not really exploited by many companies, apart from Air France Industries and that is mostly unknown from recruiters.
So I want to talk to you about this diploma and make recruiters want to exploit the skills of an aeronautical technician.
What is the aeronautical BTS ?
The aeronautical BTS is fairly recent, it first appeared in 2009 and replaced the BTS MEMA (Maintenance and Exploitation of Aeronautical Equipment) which at the time was reputed to be one of the most difficult BTS, the level required to enter was the baccalaureate S or STI. The aeronautical BTS has indeed been a little simplified to open to students from aerospace bins (MSC MSA) but it remains a complete BTS requiring a lot of personal investment. It delves into everything that has already been seen in aeronautical baccalaureate, both the avionics option and the systems and cells option, by adding applied mechanics, legislation-regulation, project management, airworthiness management, aerodynamics, thermodynamics and many other areas.
I invite you to watch the program of the courses at the following address: https://www.orientation.com/diplomes/bts-aeronautique-206730.html
So, what is an aeronautical technician capable of?
The holder of the aeronautical BTS is active in various departments of companies. Mainly in the construction of aircraft or equipment, systems and in aeronautical maintenance from airlines.
In operational maintenance, the aeronautical technician participates in the development of the maintenance policy for a fleet of aircraft and equipment. He manages the airworthiness monitoring of the aircraft (Regulations, documentation, SB (Service Bulletin), AMM (Aircraft Maintenance Manual), etc.). He organizes the operations of the maintenance teams. He compiles reliability information, operational incidents and offers technical and maintenance solutions.
In construction, he can integrate technical services or methods and design assembly processes by defining the order of operations and the necessary means. He also specifies the levels and areas of competence facing the qualifications and certifications required. He positions the activity in the planning of the assembly unit. In case of modification of the structures and systems, he elaborates the new procedures for the assembly and for the maintenance of the aircraft.
During his professional career, the senior technician will be able to assume greater responsibilities and specialize himself (engine service, equipment service, design office, operation), for example as :
A Test Technician
A Control Technician
An Avionics maintenance technician
A Builder Technician
Finally, I would say that a very large majority of students who have chosen this path are aeronautics enthusiasts who are eager to learn, make progress and participate in all trades and projects in this field. Most of us have four years of training and experience with a solid general knowledge of the operation of all types of aircraft, from helicopters to aircraft, from electronic systems to hydraulic systems, not to mention legislation, regulations and all maintenance documentation.