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Aircraft Maintenance Engineers maintain and repair aircraft structures, and avionic and mechanical systems.
Inspects, tests, aligns, repairs and installs aircraft electrical and avionic system components. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Electrical), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Instruments), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Radio), Avionics Technician (Defence), Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Electrical), Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Instruments), Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Radio)
Inspects, tests, repairs and installs aircraft hydromechanical and flight system components and aircraft engines, subassemblies and components. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Airframes), Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Engines), Aircraft Technician (Air Force, Army), Aviation Technician Aircraft (Navy), Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Airframes), Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Engines)
Inspects, dismantles and reassembles aircraft structures, and repairs and replaces components of aircraft frames. Works with both metal and carbon fibre composite materials. Registration or licensing may be required.
Specialisations: Aircraft Structural Fitter (Air Force, Army)
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a small occupation employing 7,500 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to stay about the same at 7,700. Around 1,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
A Certificate III/IV is usually needed to work in this job and three in five workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Fixing machines or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and what to do about it.
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Order or arrange things (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3011.00 - Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
How important is being very exact or highly accurate?
How often do you make decisions that affect other people?
What results do your decisions have on other people?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.