Licensed individuals who responsible in ensuring that aircraft are airworthy in accordance with local and international aviation standards, these professionals are commonly known as the Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME).

Most people become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer by attending a Certified School registered under the National Airworthiness Authority of that country. In what is typically an 18 to 24 month program, they must learn everything that is required for maintenance of a typical airplane. This is followed by an apprenticeship period which usually takes a minimum of 4 years. (Depending on the school attended, a portion of that time may count towards their apprenticeship.)

Students attend approved training 9 weeks a year over a period of 4 years while the student works in industry, on-job training (OJT). This allows the apprentice to complete their training and apprenticeship virtually at the same time.

AMEs must also learn all of the sections of the Local Aviation Regulations which pertain to them. Once the AME has completed this and pass the necessary exams, the AME will be given a Licence Without Type Rating (LWTR) for the relevant trade. In order to be type certified/type rated, AMEs must either go for another exam with the Local Aviation Authority for a specific type aircraft, normally small aircraft (based on aircraft weight); or attend a course and exam with the Quality Assurance Department of an Approved Organization/Airlines, normally for larger aircraft.

The different categories/trades are:

  • Airframe structures
  • Electrical systems
  • Instruments systems
  • Automatic pilots system
  • Radio communication system
  • Radio navigation system
  • Radar system
  • In-flight entertainment (IFE) system
  • Engine system
  • Propeller system

Also, in time, AMEs can advance and diverse to other sides of aircraft maintenance engineering, such as to quality assurance department as inspectors, to maintenance planning department, and so on. Source

Below is a list of universities and colleges where you can study aircraft maintenance engineering in Malaysia:

Universiti Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT)

Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology is unique as it is the only campus in Malaysia offering aircraft maintenance technology programmes. In its effort to develop human capital for the aviation industry, UniKL MIAT begins with generating interest on the industry at the secondary school level. Activities such as aviation camps and students’ visits are organized to garner interest in the aviation field. It also participates in aircraft events organised by the industry. The environment for its graduates is especially designed for them to be ready to serve the industry. With world class infrastructure, highly trained and multi-skilled teaching personnel and a comprehensive training complying with technical standard and industry requirement, its graduates will be able to meet the demand of current and future aircraft maintenance industry. Source:

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Diploma Program

  • Diploma of Engineering Technology in Avionics Maintenance ✓
  • Diploma of Engineering Technology in Helicopter Maintenance ✓
  • Diploma of Engineering Technology in Aeroplane Maintenance ✓
  • Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Composite) ✓
  • Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Manufacturing) ✓
  • Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Avionics) ✓

Bachelor Program

  • Bachelor of Aircraft  Engineering Technology (Hons) – Mechanical
  • Bachelor of Aviation Management (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology(Hons) – Avionic
  • Part Time Bachelor of Aviation Management (Hons)

EASE Program

EASA – European Aviation Safety Agency, is established by the European Union to act as a common initiative to keep air transport safe and sustainable, allowing for growth and improved safety, which its main objective is to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation in Europe and worldwide. It is the centerpiece of a new regulatory system which provides for a single European market in the aviation industry. Source:

Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute Of Aviation Techonology (UniKL MIAT)
Lot 2891, Jalan Jenderam Hulu, Jenderam Hulu, 43800 Dengkil, SELANGOR DARUL EHSAN, Malaysia
Tel : (603) 8768 8487
Fax : (603) 8768 8485


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Nilai University College

Nilai Universiti Kolej, Negeri Sembilan

Nilai University College is a multi-disciplinary private higher education institution with an award-winning campus located in Putra Nilai, Negeri Sembilan that offers a variety of tertiary education programmes. The 105- acre campus offers students a truly campusstyle environment with comprehensive academic and recreation facilities. It has a diverse student population from over 50 countries that immerses students in a melting pot of cultures, giving them an eye-opening learning experience. Source:

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COURSES OFFERED (School of Science & Technology: Engineering)
Diploma Program

  • Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering ✓
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Automotive)
  • Diploma in Mechatronics Engineering

Bachelor Program

  • Bachelor of Automotive Engineering (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons)
Nilai University College
Persiaran Kolej BBN,
71800 Putra Nilai,
Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Tel: +(6) 06 850 2338
Fax: +(6) 06 850 2339
Email: [email protected]


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Kolej TAFE Seremban (KTS)

College TAFE Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

TAFE College has been a long established provider of technical education in Malaysia. Originally set up in 1972 as Negeri Institute of Technology, the College was absorbed by MIED (Maju Institute of Educational Development) in 1988.

With the strong support of MIED and with the vision of MIED Chairman, Dato’ Seri S Samy Vellu, the new campus was set up in 1990 on a 10 acre site in Seremban. Located 45 minutes away from KLIA and Kuala Lumpur, the multimillion dollar campus offers a stimulating and inspiring study environment. Source:

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Certificate Program

  • Business
  • Computing
  • Engineering

Diploma Program

  • Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology ✓
  • Diploma in Automotive Engineering
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Electrical & Electronics Engineering
  • Diploma in Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Information Technology
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Accounting
  • Diploma in Quantity Surveying

JPK (MLVK) Program

  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic & Toyota Technical Education Program
  • NGV System Installer
  • Electrician (Wiring)
  • Computer System Technician
Kolej TAFE Seremban
Lot 5409, Mukim Ampangan, Jalan Sikimat
70400 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
Tel: 06-7632020
Fax: 06-7627994
Email: [email protected]


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38 thoughts on “Top Aircraft Maintainance Engineering Universities/Colleges in Malaysia”
  1. Hi, I would like to continue my study in Aircraft Maintenace as I dont have enough money to do piloting. Now, I’ve been receiving Nilai College’s brosure about this course from last month, the problem is, I dont know the ranking of this Nilai College. And whether the certificate issued by the college has its value.


  2. @ mohamed nurhanis
    Well for your information, this UC has just been rated under the ‘Very Good’ category in a rating exercise which known as SETARA ’09 [?], and furthermore, the mentioned course, DIPLOMA IN AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING is recognized by the government as well.
    Whereas for certificate’s value, this diploma course is incorporating the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) [?] syllabus, hence, graduate should possess rich knowledge which sought by employer.

  3. Well, dnest aviation in subang airport area also offering aircraft maintenance licence program. check it out, because you will be studying in the aviation environment.

  4. hi,i would like 2 continue my futher studies in aircraft i have some question regarding this course.first of all i want to know that in malaysia how is the future for tis career.then i have plan 2 do diploma in nilai university i want to knw that this nilai university college is recognized by malaysia goverment or not.i oso wan to know tat cn i continue master or phd in tis i continue my master or phd in tis nilai university college?
    futhermore sure i cn get job in malaysia if i continue my futher studies in this diploma?

    thank you.

  5. is international college of yayasan melaka’s licence recognised?is it EASA?

  6. Hi, i would like to take licensed aircraft maintenance engineering a my career…and currently, i`m now under the scholarship which only offers mechanical, chemical and electrical course…
    Is aircraft maintenance engineering is under `mechanical engineering`??
    and what is the diffrnce btween aircraft maintenance and aeronautical engineering???
    can i continue aeronautical engineering/aircraft maintenance in the master after ive graduated for degree in mechanical engineering?

  7. Dnest maintenance training academy if im not mistaken is for FELDA people due to its collaboration with MAS, correct me if im wrong. one thing about aircraft training maintenance school is that they are no such thing as the ‘best’ school at all. If some1 asked me which is the best school, my answer would be to join up courses offered by MAS, AirAsia.. an aircraft operator *airliner* is still the best place to get urself with approved aircraft licensed.

    one problem for all the training school mentioned including KYM Intnl are at the end of the course which is to get a type rating. there is no way for the school to give u a type rating unless they have a live aircraft that flies. only an airliner has dat. for more info, go to

  8. Hallo im doing level 3 in ADVANCE AERONAUTICS TRAINING CENTRE. so my question is which collage can i do diploma in aircraft engineering?

  9. hei,,, my nephew who is a Singaporean is hoping to find a suitable college and facilities to study aircraft engineering or pilot,,, is it possible for a singaporean to do so in malaysia

  10. hye.. i just want 2 know.. what the different between
    Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Composite)
    Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Manufacturing)
    Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Avionics).. anyone can explain 4 me??

  11. Quote shahidah

    Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Composite)
    – composite materials and components of material based like aircraft structure, interior and exterior

    Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Manufacturing)
    – manufacturing in aircraft maintenace would involve parts, components and assembly of moving and non-moving parts within an aircraft

    Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Technology (Avionics)..
    – avionics is the electrics, communication and electronics within an aircraft system.

    Advise to check the programme and syllabus before enrolling. It is critical to know that the laboratory and workshops are equipped with the relevant and updated industrial based equipment.

  12. Top Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Universities and Colleges in Malaysia - says:

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  13. hey…i wanna know about the career prospect after doing aircraft maintenance engineering and can i work for airasia or MAS

    is it better to do aeronautical engineering or AME based on job opportunity


  15. Dear, Nizam,

    Dnest Aviation Training Centre, FYI, is not in collaboration with any company. It has 3 hangars of its own, housing more than 20 over private and corporate jets. It has more than 20 Years experience in aviation. AND it is NOT just for FELDA students. we offer CAAi UK EASA part 66 courses and in process of acquiring a college status. They also have recently signed a MoU with a UK University for degree courses and that University is a EASA Part-147 certified university which allow their students to complete 2-3yrs of academic training and 2-3yrs of work schedule. At Nilai UC, u need to comple 3 yrs of education and 5 yrs of work experience. The MoU dnest signed with the UK university will come in effect once they have got their college status, which i think should be next year Jan (not sure). Then, the degree cert will be issued by UK not Dnest.

    Pls get ur facts right before commenting in the future. tq.

  16. how much is the cost to attend the aircraft maintainance?
    my brother is very interested to join but if the cost is sky high he will totally in dept for many years, so we feel a bit burden about it.

    when is the next enroll time?

  17. Hi! I have completed B.Sc in EEE from Bangladesh. Now I want to study diploma in aviation or aeronautical in Malaysia. Now i need the details information with if any chance to get scholarship.

  18. hi…i would like to ask how long to complete diploma n degree in aircraft engineering so that i m a certified aircraft engineer??

  19. to TAY,

    Diploma takes 3 years.
    Degree bout 4 years if you are not from MIAT.

    trust me, UniKL MIAT is the best place to study Aircraft Maintenance Engineering in Malaysia.
    It is under MARA and for bumiputra, ure eligible to ask for MARA educational loan.

    im in the fourth semester and everything is running good

  20. Dear Zaililah, Sagir..

    Cost in MIAT

    Diploma – RM45,000 (3 years)

    1) Aviation Management: RM 64,000 (4 years)
    2) Mechanical/Avionics: RM 72,000

    *For eligible Malaysian bumiputra will get MARA loan/scholarship 🙂

    MIAT have its own hangar and aircraft (for study purpose). Here also have real heli! hee.

  21. hi.i m aishwarya.studing in std.10th n i want to learn the parts of aeroplane.i like do study the part of plz help me.what i have to do????


  23. IEDC is a new college which located at SStwo Mall,PJ. The college is offering Aircraft Maintenace Technology. I visited their booth last weekend at FACON, KLCC. Not bad, additional option for those who want to do the Dip in Aircraft Engineering . The syllabus is prepare the students to B1.1 and B2. The overall programme course fees is about +/- RM40k and RM6K++ for EASA exam.

    yea..the college going to launch the Dip in Mechanical in May and discount of 20% on tuition fees will be given to 1st 25 early birds. Additional selling point : they will provide the Professional Course for Oil and Gas Refinery Plant Design to students before go for OJT.

    I just visited their place yesterday……………..RED 🙂

  24. HYE…Nw me doin Certificate in Engineering at Tafe Collage….

    My question is after finish certificate me can continue Diploma Aircraft Engineering at Nilai College…?

    Please help me…..

  25. well, you can go to Nilai UC or IEDC.
    Please do some study on both colleges and check on their strenghts. Example: Category that provided, lecturers’ quality and EASA examination partner. now the market demand is avionics.

  26. Hello sir iam call the management of the university to see how we can help me about this loand education please help me

  27. What is the difference between doing aeronautical engineering in IPTA (UTM, UIAM, etc) and doing the AME (MIAT, TAFE, etc). Are they teaching the same thing? And what are the career prospect for both?

  28. Hi Sade,

    As i know some of the polytechnics do offer Aircraft Maintenance but the category level just up to level A. It is a basic level. UTHO just started the aeronautical department and please refer their webpage.

    Anyway the most of the IPTS are work more closely with the External examination bodies e.g. DCA for Malaysia License or EASA for international license. It is advisable to take the external examination together with the academic programme. It’s can save your time.

    Do check what are the categories that they are offerting, B1.1 or B2. Also, please check on the lecturers experience, OJT partners and also overall cost. Some institutions use to misleading students by only showing the tuition fees in the structure. Some other hidden fees will charge to you later when you joining the college.

    I went to IEDC as recommended. Do drop by their place at PJ and talk to their department head.

  29. hello,
    can i know the difference between the Diploma in Aircraft Engineering and Diploma in Aerospace Engineering? and may i know the SPM qualification of Diploma in Aerospace Engineering..i hope you can help me as my friends and i are making a research about Aerospace Engineering.
    tq !

  30. hii,,
    what is the eligibility criteria to join the AME… & WHAT are the scopes in future after joining this..???

  31. The pioneer in Malaysia is TAFE. Currently they are moving into EASA syllabus. The 3 year Diploma is fully accredited by MQA. There is MARA loan and PTPTN. The programme is good and the staff are good too. In a Diploma you need sound basics and good command of English language. They are going to offer EASA exam coaching soon. Nice place. I am in Year 2. I can afford to pay as the fee is affordable.

  32. For your info, the founder for the Aircraft programme is Mr. Kunalan and now he is in IEDC, Petaling Jaya.

    The programme is designed by him and now has been revised to better version so that can meet the market needs and expose students to latest issues.

    The diploma programme can be finished within 2 years and 3 months and you no need to spend more time on the academic duration. It is good that you can finish the programme ASAP and join to employment to gain the working experience and put in the log book.

    IEDC programme structure do prepare students for EASA exam in B.1.1 and B2. Students who enrolled to this programmes are eligible to apply for PTPTN loan too.

    Also, their modern workshop with aircraft is coming soon. Wait for the surprise!

  33. Hi, I have just finished my SPM last year and passed with flying colours.. So my interest is in aeronautics……and as I was going thru the net I found that International College of Yayasan Melaka offers this programm….. So my question is, Is that college recognized or the licence??? I really need to know…pls help me….

  34. Hi I have finished my practical in aeroplane maintenance … so I let me know the colledge in Kuching Sarawak recognized the licence in aeroplane maintenance.

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