Aviation training at Vocational College Alsdorf
The Vocational College Alsdorf is a centre for initial vocational training and further vocational training in the areas of:
- Information Technology,
- Metal Technology,
- Environmental Technology,
- Social and Health Care,
- Electrical Engineering,
- Nutrition Management, as well as
- Training Preparation.
The certification was carried out by the LBA on behalf of EASA (European Aviation Safty Agency).
Since August 2010, training in aircraft maintenance and – maintenance has been carried out at the Vocational College Alsdorf. Since 2012, our graduates have been coveted employees in aviation companies in North Rhine-Westphalia.
By setting up a hangar, an engine shop and a metal workshop at the Vocational College Alsdorf, we have been able to carry out the complete aviation training at Vocational College Alsdorf on a largely independent basis since 2015. There are a wide range of collaborations and additional services to improve and supplement the training.
Since the beginning of the training activities, the company Westflug Aachen has been working closely with the airfield Aachen Merzbrück. Since 2015, we have also been cooperating with Rheinland Air Service (RAS) at Mönchengladbach Airport. During our training, our cooperation partner enables us to carry out aeronautical training in a practical and real-world manner. We are supported by mechanics and examiners from the RAS. It turns out that this is a win-win situation for both sides.
In addition, RAS has become home for many of our graduates who carry out their paid annual internship there. This is necessary to complete training as a "freelance mechanic." and also allows them to gain first professional experience.
In the meantime, the graduates of our aviation training work as mechanics at RAS.
The companies elitejet, also at Mönchengladbach Airport, and Westflug Aachen now employ several graduates as annual lecturers and mechanics. In addition to these three aviation companies, our graduates throughout North Rhine-Westphalia work with a wide variety of aviation companies of rank and name.
But it's not just as mechanics that our graduates are in demand. Even as students in Department 6 – Aerospace Technology at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, our graduates are welcome. The foundations that the former graduates have gathered with us, as well as the established contacts, have already led to several studies and final theses in the airlines in our region.
Since 2014, our students have been spending several weeks of internships abroad during their apprenticeship under the European Mobility Programme Erasmus+. For example, we have cooperation partners in Italy, Finland and, soon, in France. In addition to other professional skills, our students get to know new cultures and people.
The cooperation with the Aachen Air Sports Association (LV Aachen) has proven to be a good complement to the technical aviation training. As part of this cooperation, our students have the opportunity to acquire first flight experiences in gliding. A large part of the costs incurred are borne by sponsors.
The future will show whether, according to international standards, aviation training, with its common content in all European countries, can also be a model for vocational training throughout Europe. Our Erasmus+ KA2 project with partners from Finland, Belgium, France and Italy will show whether this training can be furtherly harmonised in Europe.
Visit our website: www.bk-alsdorf.de
For more information, you can alkso visit these sites:
- Aviation department of our college
- Student website of the aeronautical education course:
- Aachen Air Sports Club