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History

The Department of Aviation Mechanics has been founded in March, 1993 in the Faculty of Mechanics and was called at the time the Department of Aviation Engineering. With the initiative of the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanics prof. M. Mariūnas the programme for preparation of aviation mechanics engineers was designed, according which the students of first two years, future aviation mechanics, studied the same disciplines together with students of mechanics engineering. In the third year more and more aviation courses were introduced, which were read by working aviation specialists from the air company „Lithuanian airlines“ (currently AB „FL Technics“). 

Since Autumn of 1993 the Department was renamed to The Department of Aviation Mechanics. In 1994 According to the decision of Rector‘s Team the Department was transferred to the Aviation Institute.  

The Department of Aviation Mechanics encapsulates all main fields of aviation mechanics– aircraft and their engines. Main subject modules read by the Department are: Basics of aviation, Aerodynamics, Flight dynamics, Aircraft Structure Mechanics, Aviation Engine Theory, Basics of Aviation Engine Structures, Aircraft Technical Maintenance, Basics of Aviation Equipment and Aircraft Design. 

Lecturers preparing aviation mechanics specialists are VGTU specialists of aviation, professors and PhDs habilitus, associate professors and PhDs, lecturers and assistants most of which have a basic aviation education (see Staff).

Applicants to VGTU AGAI aviation mechanics study programme are admitted according to the general application to VGTU procedure.
1993 – 1996 In the Department of Aviation Mechanics bachelors and engineers were prepared.

Since 1997 and currently Bachelor and Master Degree students of Aviation Mechanics are prepared. 

In 18 years out of 18 groups of Bachelor students 256 graduated, in three aviation engineers-mechanics – 22 engineers graduated out of 13 groups of Master students 73 graduated. 
After graduation the students can work in scientific and design organizations, manufacturing and aviation maintenance and exploitation organizations or the military air forces. Most of the graduates work according to their specialty. Acquired university education provides the possibility to work in many areas, such as Lithuanian air enterprises, aviation department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, choose Master and PhD studies, execute technical maintenance of Jurgis Kairys aircraft. Recently more students join to work as pedagogic personnel and educate future graduates. 

Since 2003 Department of Aviation Mechanics has a training laboratory of Aviation Mechanics (see Subdivisions). The laboratory consists of three parts: aviation engine laboratory, aircraft system laboratory and diagnostics laboratory. Aviation engine laboratory includes such engines as D-36, D-30 and AI-25. In the aircraft system laboratory students acquire knowledge of operation principles of fuel, fire protection and other systems. Laboratory works are executed in the diagnostics laboratory, during which students are acquainted with various types of defect scopes and learn to determine the places of defects. Now students after the theoretical course can visually see end try everything in practice. 

Aviation is one of most complex, fast developing, responsible and interesting field of activity. Therefore high requirements are held not only for pilots and air traffic controllers but also for aviation mechanics specialists. Any aviation technology has to be carefully exploited. Instructions, rules and other practical material of technical manufacturers is the basic information for maintenance of aviation technologies. These specialists need a lot of theoretical and practical knowledge and, of course, work experience.

Every aviation profession requires constant learning, deepening knowledge of one‘s specialty, and qualification improvement. 
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