Trades & Services

Aircraft Mechanic & Service Technician

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does an Aircraft Mechanic & Service Technician do?

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft.

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Work activities

Aircraft mechanics & service technicians:

  • examine and inspect aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to locate cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems
  • conduct routine and special inspections as required by regulations
  • inspect completed work to certify that maintenance meets standards and that aircraft are ready for operation
  • read and interpret maintenance manuals, service bulletins, and other specifications to determine the feasibility and method of repairing or replacing malfunctioning or damaged components
  • maintain repair logs, documenting all preventive and corrective aircraft maintenance
  • modify aircraft structures, systems, or components, following drawings, schematics, charts, engineering orders, and technical publications.
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Key skills and interests

To become an aircraft mechanic and service technician, you would need:

  • technical and mechanical aptitude
  • medical fitness, with good hearing and vision
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • the ability to concentrate for long periods
  • neatness and accuracy
  • attention to detail
  • no issues with working in confined spaces and at heights on platforms around aircraft.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Most aircraft mechanic and service technicians work full time; overtime and weekend work is common.

Conditions

Aircraft mechanic and service technicians work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. They must often meet strict deadlines to maintain flight schedules. The environment can be loud because of aircraft engines and equipment.

Workers frequently bend, stoop, and reach from ladders and scaffolds.

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How to become an Aircraft Mechanic & Service Technician?

Entry Level Education

To become an aircraft mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Aeroskills (Avionics/Mechanical/Structures), including completing one or more components of the VET Aeroskills Training Package.



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Job outlook

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Employment of aircraft mechanics and technicians is projected to show little or no change.

Air traffic is expected to gradually increase; however, new aircraft are generally expected to require less maintenance than older aircraft. Airlines may continue to outsource maintenance work to specialised maintenance and repair companies both domestically and abroad. Increased specialisation will allow maintenance facilities to use their resources more efficiently and this will therefore limit growth in the number of jobs available.

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