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

    A certificate III or IV in a relevant aeroskills course is needed to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

    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

    All Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

    • $1,890 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 10,900 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 10,900 in 2018 to 11,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Aircraft Maintenance Engineers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Queensland have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Public Administration and Safety; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,890 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Avionics/Mechanical) in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Avionics/Mechanical).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200811500
    200916900
    201015900
    201114100
    201211500
    201311600
    201410400
    201510700
    201610200
    20178300
    201810900
    202311000

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings18901460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing34.1
    Public Administration and Safety29.8
    Manufacturing29.1
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.0
    Other Industries4.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAircraft Maintenance EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW36.931.6
    VIC14.025.6
    QLD28.720.0
    SA7.17.0
    WA8.010.8
    TAS0.42.0
    NT4.01.0
    ACT1.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAircraft Maintenance EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.2-5.05.0
    20-248.7-9.39.3
    25-3428.0-22.922.9
    35-4424.4-22.022.0
    45-5422.3-21.621.6
    55-598.5-9.09.0
    60-644.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate2.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV66.0-21.121.1
    Year 126.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.1-12.512.5

    A certificate III or IV in a relevant aeroskills course is needed to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • a relevant CASA Part 66 Licence

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Aeroskills Industry and Aviation Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      98% Skill level

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

    2. Engineering and Technology

      57% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    3. Mathematics

      53% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Chemistry

      52% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      51% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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    The skills and 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.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      91% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      91% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    3. Being Exact or Accurate

      90% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    4. Frequency of Decision Making

      90% Important

      How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

    5. Impact of Decisions

      89% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

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    The skills and 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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