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Licenced Aircraft Engineer


Reference 9703 Closing date 28/7/2024 Brand British Airways Career area Engineering Contract type Permanent Full Time Location Heathrow Airport, London Download job description

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A career without limits

As the nation’s flag carrier, we take great pride in connecting Britain with the world and the world with Britain.

It’s something we’ve been doing for over 100 years, ever since we launched the world’s first international scheduled air service between London and Paris.

This originality has been in our blood since day one. It’s the spirit we share with the people that fly with us, our partners, and our colleagues.

So, whether you are a reassuring voice on the end of a phone, a smile at the door, under a wing keeping the turbines spinning or landing us gently in far-flung places, a job at British Airways is yours to make.

We know great things can happen when you’re inspired to think big and bring your ambition to work every day, which is why, at British Airways the sky is never the limit.

The role:

Licenced Aircraft Engineer

Our Engineering department is evolving to open up a whole new world of possibilities and that includes greater flexibility on aircraft type ratings. This means we’ll provide you with all the training to certify our aircraft while you’re in your leadership role.

A time of investment and growth in our fleet, producing endless opportunities for our Engineers. We have a number of different aircraft you can work on. A320s, B777s, B787s, A350s and A380s. We continue to grow our fleet with more A350s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the way.

You’ll quickly discover that no two days are ever the same at BA. With 111 long-haul and 142 short-haul aircraft the possibilities are endless. There are opportunities in both our line and hangar-based teams with a number of different shift patterns available. But most importantly, we’ll give you all the ownership and trust to do the best job you can, building your confidence and improving your decision-making skills with the support of a qualified team of mechanics and technicians.

A new era in engineering maintenance is here, and we’ll be looking to our licenced aircraft engineers to help us lead it. If you want to be part of the change, you’ve come to the right place.

You will deliver in two key areas:


  • Leads maintenance activities including setting clear targets and expectations.
  • Develops and motivates your team to its full potential and scope to deliver departmental objectives.
  • Ensures team and individual compliance with appropriate company procedures, policies, legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for the successful completion of all allocated, planned and ad-hoc maintenance tasks. This is expected to be achieved through effective leadership, supervision of maintenance and efficient allocation of resources, equipment and assets.
  • Provides guidance for individual and team maintenance activities, ensuring compliance with safety, company procedures, regulatory and airmanship standards.
  • Ensures and supports effective communication.
  • Crafts a culture of continuous improvement in a production environment, in order to increase unit performance and colleague development.
  • Supports the development of a high performance team and culture
  • Mentoring the new talent that are on our successful apprenticeship programme.

Technical expertise

  • Responsible for remaining qualified and authorised on all aircraft types, vehicles and equipment applicable to area.
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe working environment by adhering to quality, health, safety and environment regulations and housekeeping standards.
  • Conduct competency checks in accordance with British Airways quality procedures Carries out IT and documentary transactions as required, making full use of technology.
  • Expected to further own knowledge and skills base.

Who you will work with

  • Duty Shift Manager (your line manager), Satellite Engineers, all Production grades, Ramp/Base Planning, Engineering Control Centres and Technical Support Group (Part M)

You will need

  • An Unrestricted CAA UK Part-66 Category B1 and/or B2 licence
  • For B1, hold a minimum of one type rating in the B1.1 Category (turbofan or turboprop)
  • For B2, hold a minimum of one type rating in the B2 Category (fixed wing or rotary)
  • UK Driving Licence (or equivalent)
  • Proven recent experience at certifying aircraft, 6 months within last 2 years

You will be

  • Your success will be a combination of technical experience and leadership behaviours
  • Problem solving and acting on own initiative is important so you can make timely and informed decisions with an ability to bring together and understand complex information
  • Ability to interpret technical publications to make fact-based decisions in a challenging operational environment is key. To combine these capabilities with an innovative, flexible and adaptable approach
  • Strong collaborative skills are needed as you manage a team
  • Strong prioritisation, planning and organisation will mean you can deliver the British Airways operation on time

Training and Development we can offer:

  • Our specialist technical training facility at Heathrow is the venue for all our type course training
  • We offer a wide range of industry leading Part-147 / Part-145 training, which includes the latest Aircraft types, technological classrooms and simulators
  • Access to a suite of personal and developmental professional training through our Global Learning Academy at Heathrow

Please upload your UK CAA Licence and Driving Licence on the supporting files section when submitting your application.

Qualified candidates may be eligible for visa sponsorship.

Join our upcoming webinar dedicated to two key engineering roles at British Airways - Licenced Aircraft Engineer and A-Licence Technician. We will provide an in-depth look at these positions and what they entail within our growing Engineering department.

This is your opportunity to interact directly with our subject matter experts. Learn about the competitive compensation packages, professional development paths, and extensive training programs we offer for these specific roles.

The webinar will take place on 16th July at 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM GMT+1. Register now by clicking the link below to reserve your spot:

At British Airways we offer a wide range of flexible benefits such as:

  • Annual shift pay ranging from £4,000 to £8,900 dependant on your shift pattern i.e. 4 days, 4 off or 4 nights, 4 off
  • The overall package reflects, the expertise and leadership you'll bring encouraging the team to deliver to their full potential
  • As a permanent employee of British Airways, you'll also receive the full range of company benefits
  • A variety of shift patterns are available to suit your work life balance attracting competitive shift pay
  • A pension scheme with potential contributions of up to 16.5% (if you contribute 5% BA will contribute 11.5%)
  • A flexible benefits scheme which gives you the option to buy from a range of benefits such as private medical insurance, life assurance, and critical illness cover
  • Discounted confirmed flights for friends and family on BA from date of joining
  • Once in role, access to standby flights (with eligibility for the Club cabin) for yourself and three nominees
  • Discounted standby travel on other airlines in the oneworld alliance
  • Discounts on car hire, hotels, leisure activities, entertainment and many more 

Inclusion & Diversity

We recognise that all our colleagues are uniquely different and bring their own originality, creativity, and identity to work. We encourage people from all backgrounds to be part of our journey to become a Better BA.


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