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Lufthansa Technik and LIT team up for aircraft maintenance degree

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*David Ward, Aviation Training Business Development Manager, Lufthansa Technik Shannon; Assistant Registrar LIT, Frances O’Connell; LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane; Acting CEO of Lufthansa Technik Shannon, Tom Caffrey & Maria Kyne, Dean of Facilty of Applied Science, Engineering & Technology. The new Bachelor of Science Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering is a collaboration between LIT and Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd (LTSL).

Shannon based Lufthansa Technik has teamed up with the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) have teamed up for a three year undergraduate degree programme in aircraft maintenance engineering.

Fully accredited and internationally recognised, the degrees comes from a collaboration based on bringing together the professional and academic expertise of both organisations in developing the Bachelor of Science Degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.

Once live, it will help address the need to provide 750,000 graduates to the global aviation industry in the immediate future, including the provision of 135,000 graduates in aircraft maintenance required in the European region alone between 2018 and 2035.

Acting CEO of Lufthansa Technik Shannon, Tom Caffrey confirmed that he is delighted and proud to have worked in partnership with the LIT to develop the course. “This programme will draw on the academic and occupational capabilities of both Limerick Institute of Technology and Lufthansa Technik Shannon. The recognition of an academically-accredited programme in aircraft maintenance, with the emphasis on practitioner knowledge, skill and competence development, will go a long way towards providing the future graduates to our industry.”

Welcoming the partnership, LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “We are very proud of our collaboration with LTSL, it is a win for both organisations, for students, the industry and this region.  LIT and Lufthansa Technik Shannon share a common goal to educate and train people to the highest academic and industry standards.  The fact that we share a set of values and have a common goal has enabled us to develop what is a unique programme, another pioneering move from Shannon in global aviation. Both institutions are focussed on producing graduates that are workplace ready.  Through this programme, they will be learning in possibly the largest classroom in the world – LTSL’s hangar in Shannon – and from there they will be entering a truly global workplace.”

Assistant Registrar LIT, Frances O’Connell commented, “This programme is the fulfilment of a shared set of educational aims between LTSL and LIT. Successful graduates will have their academic qualification recognised globally and also qualify for licensed qualifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency to complete aircraft maintenance.”

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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