Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Mechanical) inspect, test, repair and install aircraft hydromechanical and flight system components and aircraft engines, subassemblies and components.

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).

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

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 (Mechanical)

  • 1,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 96% 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 (Mechanical) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 2,200 in 2011 to 1,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Mechanical) work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory 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 (96%, 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 Safety73.6
Manufacturing14.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing9.2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.7
Other Industries0.7

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 (Mechanical)All Jobs Average
NSW46.431.6
VIC5.325.6
QLD28.720.0
SA9.67.0
WA2.510.8
TAS0.02.0
NT6.71.0
ACT0.81.9

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 (Mechanical)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.8-5.05.0
20-2414.9-9.39.3
25-3438.8-22.922.9
35-4421.0-22.022.0
45-5415.6-21.621.6
55-594.4-9.09.0
60-642.3-6.06.0
65 and Over1.2-4.24.2

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 (Mechanical)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV68.9-21.121.1
Year 129.5-18.118.1
Year 110.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.2-12.512.5

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

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • a relevant CASA Part 66 B1 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


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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

    98% Skill level

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

  2. Engineering and technology

    57% Skill level

    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.

Occupational Information Network
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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. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    91% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    91% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    90% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Frequent decision making

    90% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  5. Impact of decisions

    89% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
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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