Interested apprentices have until February to apply for the training program.

Austrian Airlines Airbus A320.
Photo: Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines is looking ahead into the New Year and beyond as it seeks new participants for its engineering apprenticeship. The flag carrier of Austria announced earlier this week that applications are open for people interested in its exciting and challenging mechatronics training program.

Apprenticeship opportunities have reportedly doubled compared to the previous year. The airline said it has supported tomorrow’s young professionals for 25 years.

“Exciting and instructive training”

The apprenticeship is with Austrian Technik, the carrier’s technical operations organization, and begins on September 1, 2023. Austrian Airlines COO Francesco Sciortino spoke about the airline’s unique training program.

“We offer young and motivated talents the opportunity to learn from our many years of tried and tested experience and to gain a foothold in an international company. In return, they bring us ideas and innovation for the entire company. With 24 new apprenticeships, we are giving almost twice as many young people the opportunity for exciting and instructive training in one of the most exciting industries.” – Austrian Airlines COO Francesco Sciortino

The airline said the training would take place at its own apprenticeship workshop located at Vienna-Schwechat Airport. Over the course of the three-and-a-half-year program, apprentices would get hands-on experience and have the opportunity to work with current professionals in the industry.

A hands-on type of experience

Austrian Technik said a team of 500 highly motivated engineers and carefully trained technicians work in shifts around the clock to ensure Austrian’s fleet of 63 aircraft remains in good shape.

“Our technicians guarantee customer satisfaction by demonstrating commitment, professionalism and quality,” the organization said. “Our locations allow us to provide aircraft maintenance up to C-check as well as component maintenance, technical modification and maintenance training.”

Austrian Airlines Airbus A320neo

Photo: Austrian Airlines

The apprenticeship program in its entirety consists of theoretical training at the vocational school and seminars with internal and external specialists. Apprentices would also gain experience from various technology tasks, including building mechatronic parts and systems and learning how to process metal.

“They are also looked after, challenged and encouraged by the apprentice trainers and the entire technical team,” the organization added. “The apprenticeship includes practice-oriented “on-the-job training” in the specialist workshops and in aircraft maintenance, as well as subject-specific Category A training, with which the apprentices are prepared for the future working environment.”

Becoming a professional in the real world

When the apprenticeship is complete, trainees would also gain a high school diploma in the mechatronics production technology field and be qualified for a handful of technical engineering positions in the aviation industry. Austrian said the program would additionally provide several benefits for participants, similar to current employees.

Austrian Airlines Boeing 777

Photo: Austrian Airlines

“Discounted flight tickets, a company cell phone, or internal events are just a few examples that make working at Austrian Airlines even more exciting,” the carrier said.

The carrier confirmed that as many as 11 apprentices completed the program this past April. Two apprentices continued their studies while the other nine accepted employment as fully trained specialists at Austrian Technik. Interested apprentices for the fall 2023 apprenticeship have until February 19th to apply.


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