Aircraft Maintenance Engineers maintain and repair aircraft structures, and avionic and mechanical systems.

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.

Tasks

  • dismantling, inspecting, testing, repairing and reassembling aircraft engines, ancillary motors and engine accessories, electrical systems, and subassemblies of aircraft frames
  • installing electrical circuits and equipment
  • testing aircraft communication equipment, aircraft instrumentation and electronic systems using electronic testing equipment and specialised test apparatus
  • replacing and testing aircraft oxygen system components
  • assembling parts and subassemblies of aircraft frames
  • conducting routine pre-flight inspections of engines, aircraft frames and mechanical systems
  • maintaining records of action taken
  • may manufacture aircraft electrical, instrument and radio hardware components

Job Titles

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)

    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)

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)

    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)

  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)

    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)

Fast Facts

  • $1,641 Weekly Pay
  • 7,500 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 97.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.9 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 1.9% female Gender Share

The number of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 7,500 in 2017 to 7,700 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Aircraft Maintenance Engineers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Manufacturing; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,641 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (97.9%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.9 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200712900
200811500
200916900
201015900
201114100
201211500
201311700
201410400
201510500
201610600
20177500
20227700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsAircraft Maintenance EngineersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings16411230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing44.8
Manufacturing38.5
Public Administration and Safety6.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services5.5
Other Industries5.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAircraft Maintenance EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW35.931.6
VIC12.626.2
QLD29.819.7
SA5.96.7
WA11.310.8
TAS1.02.0
NT3.01.1
ACT0.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAircraft Maintenance EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.25.2
20-243.9-9.99.9
25-3430.5-23.623.6
35-4427.5-21.721.7
45-548.9-20.820.8
55-5921.6-8.88.8
60-644.7-6.06.0
65 and Over2.7-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAircraft Maintenance EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate12.3-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma21.7-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV61.3-18.918.9
Year 120-18.718.7
Years 11 & 104.7-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

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Employers look for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    94% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. English Language

    75% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Engineering and Technology

    68% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Mathematics

    64% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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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.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    92% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Documenting/Recording Information

    91% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  3. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    90% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  4. Checking Compliance with Standards

    89% Important

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  5. Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment

    88% Important

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing mechanical machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

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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.

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