CHC, May 26, 2016 - DILI, TIMOR-LESTE - Four aircraft engineers working for CHC Helicopter in Dili have become the first Timorese to earn their Diploma of Aeroskills and meet stringent Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) license accreditation requirements.
CHC Helicopter is one of the world's largest helicopter transport companies operating in about 20 countries. The four engineers work at CHC's operations in Dili, Timor-Leste, which provide passenger transfer services to oil and gas operations in the Timor Sea Joint Development Area.
CHC Helicopter Regional Director Nick Mair said the engineers had been loyal employees for many years and had worked diligently towards their qualifications over this time.
"The local Dili engineers have worked towards this goal for several years, and CHC Helicopter is proud to have trained them to become fully licensed mechanical engineers. It is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved," Mr. Mair said.
"The engineers will be the first in Timor-Leste to achieve these highly-skilled qualifications, which will provide them with the opportunity to work in the aviation industry for the rest of their careers."
TAFE SA provided the final training modules. It is one of only four training organisations in Australia recognised as being able to fulfil CASA's new training requirements. Lecturers travelled to Dili over the course of six months to assess the training needs and deliver the appropriate training modules.
TAFE SA Director, Mining, Engineering and Transport, Alison Roberts said TAFE SA's world-leading online learning systems were fundamental to training the engineers in Timor-Leste.
"In addition to having some of their training provided online, the apprentices are assessed through an innovative simulation tool based in Florida," Ms. Roberts said.
About CHC: CHC Helicopter (CHC) is an industry leader in rotary aviation and is one of the biggest commercial helicopter operators in the world. Globally CHC operates more than 250 medium and heavy helicopters from more than 70 bases in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, Eastern North Sea and Western North Sea. CHC has operated in Australia for over 40 years of operation providing passenger transfer services to the exploration and production rigs for major oil and gas producers in the North West Shelf, Browse Basin and Timor Sea. CHC is also Australia's leading provider of helicopter search and rescue (SAR) and emergency medical services (EMS) with operations in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
About TAFE SA: TAFE SA is one of Australia's largest providers of vocational education and training (VET), with about 80,000 students a year at more than 250 sites across South Australia. TAFE SA works with industry and business to develop and deliver relevant, high-quality and, when required, customised VET to address student, business and community needs.