Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) inspect, dismantle and reassemble aircraft structures, and repair and replace components of aircraft frames.

Specialisations: Aircraft Structural Fitter (Air Force, Army).

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

Tasks

  • Dismantles, inspects, tests, repairs and reassembles sub-assemblies of aircraft frames.
  • 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.

More about Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

All Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

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

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures)

  • 300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 410 in 2011 to 300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Queensland have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Public Administration and Safety; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 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: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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)
Manufacturing51.7
Public Administration and Safety18.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing17.6
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services9.1
Other Industries3.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on 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 (Structures)All Jobs Average
NSW37.831.6
VIC23.125.6
QLD26.820.0
SA3.07.0
WA6.010.8
TAS0.02.0
NT3.31.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-247.3-9.39.3
25-3426.4-22.922.9
35-4425.4-22.022.0
45-5421.5-21.621.6
55-599.6-9.09.0
60-646.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 (Structures)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree14.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV74.3-21.121.1
Year 128.2-18.118.1
Year 110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

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

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.

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.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. Mechanical

    54% Skill level

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

  3. Production and Processing

    51% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  4. English Language

    45% Skill level

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

  5. Design

    45% 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, 51-2011.00 - Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    99% Important

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

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

    97% Important

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

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    96% Important

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

  4. Exposed to Contaminants

    93% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    89% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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, 51-2011.00 - Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers.

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