Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Avionics) inspect, test, align, repair and install aircraft electrical and avionic system components.

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).

A certificate IV in aeroskills (avionics) is needed to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics).

Tasks

  • Dismantles, inspects, tests, repairs and reassembles aircraft engines, ancillary motors and engine accessories, electrical systems and sub-assemblies of aircraft frames.
  • Installs electrical circuits and equipment.
  • Tests aircraft communication equipment, aircraft instrumentation and electronic systems using electronic testing equipment and specialised apparatus.
  • Replaces and tests aircraft oxygen system components.
  • Assembles parts and sub-assemblies of aircraft frames.
  • Conducts routine pre-flight inspections of engines, aircraft frames and mechanical systems.
  • Maintains records of action taken.
  • May manufacture aircraft electrical, instrument and radio hardware components.

More about Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

All Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

  • $1,890 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Avionics)

  • 2,500 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 33 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Avionics) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,700 in 2011 to 2,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Avionics) work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Queensland have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Manufacturing; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, 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 33 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 5% 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

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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)
Public Administration and Safety61.1
Manufacturing16.1
Transport, Postal and Warehousing14.9
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.8
Other Industries3.1

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 Engineers (Avionics)All Jobs Average
NSW42.431.6
VIC7.225.6
QLD28.620.0
SA11.07.0
WA4.310.8
TAS0.02.0
NT5.01.0
ACT1.61.9

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 Engineers (Avionics)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.8-5.05.0
20-2413.5-9.39.3
25-3438.6-22.922.9
35-4423.0-22.022.0
45-5415.2-21.621.6
55-594.1-9.09.0
60-642.3-6.06.0
65 and Over1.4-4.24.2

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 Engineers (Avionics)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma17.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV65.1-21.121.1
Year 128.5-18.118.1
Year 110.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

A certificate IV in aeroskills (avionics) is needed to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • a CASA Part 66 B2 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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    82% Skill level

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

  2. Computers and Electronics

    76% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. English Language

    62% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and Technology

    61% Skill level

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

  5. Design

    57% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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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, 49-2091.00 - Avionics Technicians.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Time Pressure

    91% Important

    How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

  3. Being Exact or Accurate

    88% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    84% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Impact of Decisions

    83% 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, 49-2091.00 - Avionics Technicians.

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