Earth & Flight Composites Course Setup and Content
Today’s engineers, managers, and technicians live in a world of increasing deadlines with an ever growing need for deep and immediate technical knowledge. Earth & Flight Composites (EFC) understands those needs and have therefore created hands-on course programs for technicians and Engineers with the customer’s requirements in mind. EFC is in constant process of creating top quality educational material and course program overview.
We offer then and eventually more technical training courses specifically designed for those who work in the composite Aerospace industry. EFC Training provides high standard quality composite fabrication and repair training. The actual repair record of our instructors is outstanding. Our courses are designed carefully to meet the high standard of training and have a large built-in practical hands-on practice with actual OEM related repairs on composite panels or components
Our courses will provide our participant, knowledge, skills and the confidence to perform high quality repairs.
As a Global Composite Repair Training Provider, EFC students are trained to the latest current rules and skills and our training documents are directly derived from the documents developed by the International SAE-CACRC task groups since it was founded in 1991.
EFC follows and complies to the SAE-CACRC, FAA, CAA and EASA standards:
- SAE-CACRC Aerospace Information Report (AIR) AIR-4938 (Latest Revision)
- SAE- Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) ARP 6262 Composite Repair Technician Certification
- FAA- Federal Avition Administration Advisory Circular (AC) AC-65-33 Development of Training / Qualification programs for Composite Repair Technicians
- EASA- Foreign Part 145 Approval
Quote from the SAE-CACRC in their ARP 6262 standard document:
“Currently, there is NO standard that requires a skill assessment to obtain a composite repair certificate” Click the following link: http://standards.sae.org/arp6262/
The SAE standard however, provides EFC a means to comply with title 14 CFR Part 65 and AC 65-33 for basic aircraft composite repairs, even though they currently are not mandatory yet.
It is recognized that the structural integrity of repaired composite structures depends upon the capabilities of the individuals who are responsible for performing the repairs.
EFC documents are assembled with great care and knowledge gained over three decades of working with composites. They are intended to address repairs of composite structure regardless of the type of structure in Aerospace, Defense, or other applications.
The SAE ARP-6262 certification standard establishes the minimum requirements for training, examining, and certifying composite structure repair personnel. It establishes criteria for the certification of personnel requiring appropriate knowledge of the technical principles underlying the composite structural repairs they perform. Persons certified under this document may be eligible for licensing or certification / qualification by an appropriate authority, in addition to this industry accepted basic composite repair technician certification.
Persons who successfully complete the requirements of this certification standard are considered to be able to perform Basic, Intermediate or Advanced composite repairs to composite structures in compliance with the OEM repair documentation or other acceptable repair methods.
All of EFC’s curricula that have been developed are derived from the FAA, EASA, SAE-CACRC documents and are to identify the required knowledge and skills of a Composite and Metal bonding Repair Technician / Specialist (AIR-4938) and are all-inclusive curricula written and published in modular sets of curricula.
Teaching subject levels 1 till 3 are derived from the above mentioned documents and have been assigned to each curriculum subject and EFCs Course Content Documents (C.C.D.) to define the level of knowledge, skills and abilities graduates will need to assess and perform good composite repairs.
Hours of instruction have been provided to ensure adequate coverage of all subject matter – lecture and workshop Hands-on. These minimums may be exceeded, and may include an increase in the total number of training hours and / or increases in the teaching levels if required by the customer and can be customized to specific need.
These documents contain ATA104 level IV curricula.
Each curriculum is a subpart of the CACRC AIR 4938b document.
Click this link: http://standards.sae.org/wip/air4938b/
Part 1 is the basic curriculum independent of product and is the companion to ARP6262
Part 2 is the aircraft specific curriculum
Part 3 is the metal bond specific curriculum
Part 4 is bolted repairs of composite structure curriculum
SAE – AMS CACRC Teaching Levels
The following definitions of minimum teaching levels are derived from, Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 147 and may be exceeded. EFC provides their training according to those levels which are incorporated and noted in all our Course Content Documents (C.C.D.) and training material.
Level 1 requires knowledge of general principles, but no practical application; no development of manipulative skill. Instruction by lecture, demonstration, and discussion. This teaching level generally refers to classroom discussion and does not require practical application. Teaching aids or instructional equipment may include charts, books, diagrams, or other visual teaching aids. If a training organization chooses to teach Level 1 courses incorporating actual components, the components do not have to be operational.
Level 2 requires knowledge of general principles and limited practical application; development of sufficient manipulative skill to perform basic operations; and instruction by lecture, demonstration, discussion, and limited practical application. This teaching level requires some hands-on manipulative skills and their accompanying actual or simulated components / equipment, but still may be taught primarily in the classroom environment.
Level 3 requires knowledge of general principles, performance of a high degree of practical application, development of sufficient manipulative skill to accomplish return to service (normal operation). Instruction by lecture, demonstration, discussion, and a high degree of practical application. This teaching level requires hands-on skill, as well as sufficient and appropriate instructional directions to train the students to develop manipulative skills sufficient to simulate return to service mechanical skill. At this level, the teaching aids must be similar to or be the actual items of equipment on which the student is expected to develop required skill levels. A Level 3 subject cannot be taught solely by lecture in the classroom; the appropriate training aids and hands-on experience must be used.
Level 4 requires In-depth classroom discussion at the engineering level; high degree of detail and knowledge required, including applications of engineering analysis techniques.
EFC will follow the examination rules set by the CACRC in all of our courses;
1. Written Examination:
The written examination shall contain a minimum of 50 multiple choice questions. The examination shall contain a minimum of three questions from each of the teaching Level 2 and above subjects. Successful completion of the written examination is 75% correct answers. The examination will be closed book.
We have to keep the examination records of students for live according of the latest EASA rules for examinations.
2. Practical Assessment
By the end of the training program the trainee must demonstrate to the approved training provider that they can perform the basic tasks required to perform a composite repair
If the trainee fails the written examination, they may request to retake a written examination. The written examination must not contain more than 20% of the questions that were on the failed examinations
Currency and recurrent training recommendations
Derived from the SEA ARP 6262 Basic Composite Repair Technician Certification Standard
Composite repair personnel should demonstrate continued competence every 3 years by performing a repair or by performing a practical assessment under the direct supervision of an examiner authorized and designated by the organization or by having participated in or performed at least six composite repairs in the 3-year period.
EFC can become your On or Off-site exterminator and provide individual or group practical assessment to prove competence of your technicians on request.
b. Recurrent Training:
A training program should include provisions for recurrent training to continually update persons on technology, materials, and other changes regarding composite maintenance and repair. Records of recurrent training should be maintained by the organization and the individual.
EFC can provide your company technicians On or Off-Site with individual or group recurrent training on request.
Records of recurrent training should be maintained by the organization and the individual.
c. Loss of Certification:
If the individual is shown to perform unsatisfactorily, certification shall be withdrawn.
Remedial training and / or testing may be required to become re-certified.
EFC can provide individual or group remedial training and / or testing for your composite & Metal bond technician to be come re-certified on request.