Aircraft Maintenence Engineer

Aircraft maintenance engineers have one of the most important jobs in the Aviation sector as no aircraft can leave the tarmac without being inspected by an engineer. Aircraft maintenance engineers maintain and repair aircraft engines, avionic structures and mechanical systems.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Dismantle, inspect, repair and reassemble aircraft engines, airframe components and systems, electrical components and systems, avionic components and systems and aircraft structures
  • Check and test all aircraft communication equipment, instruments and electronic systems
  • Carry out regular pre-flight inspections on all aircraft

Aircraft maintenance engineers may specialise in different types of aircraft such helicopters or propeller-driven aeroplanes.

Aircraft maintenance engineers typically work indoors in aircraft hangars, however they may work outdoors in all weather conditions. This role can involve shiftwork, including weekends, public holidays and nights when aircraft are not in use. The underlying skill set is sought after both in Australia, and globally.

Industry facts

  • Aircraft maintenance engineers work on the most exciting and sophisticated technology in the world.
  • Australian aviation is a major economic driver. The sector contributes around $7 billion to the economy and employs 50,000 Australians directly and a further half million indirectly.
  • Employment for this occupation to 2016-17 is expected to grow slightly. Air passenger movements within Australia are predicted to double to 279 million a year within 20 years.

Entry Qualifications

Training Qualification:

  • Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Structures)
  • Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  • Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechatronics)
  • Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
  • Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics)
  • Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  • Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical)
  • Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Avionics)

For more information on qualifications please see Manufacturing Skills Australia makeit.net.au

Estimated Salary

$31,000 – $84,000 (Median $54,000)*
*Wages will vary according to your level of skill, experience, employer and geographical location.

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