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The Aeroskills or Aerospace industry includes maintenance, repair and overhaul services for general aviation, airlines and the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

What does this industry cover?

  • Aircraft and aircraft parts manufacturing
  • Civilian aircraft repair and maintenance
  • Military aircraft repair and maintenance

Industry Information

More than 90% of aircraft manufacturing and repair services sector businesses are small, employing less than 20 people. Most of the businesses are located in NSW and QLD.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers are the dominant occupation in the repair sector. There are 9,800 employed in Australia, with the number expected to decline to 8,900 by 2020.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are highly competitive and somewhat limited.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 358

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a small sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has remained stable.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium to high.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Mechanical Aircraft Maintainence Technician

Structural Aircraft Maintainence Technician

This industry is positioned in the following groups


Metal & Engineering

Work Type

Analytic & Scientific

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

Aeroskills has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research Tips and Tricks


Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 


  • Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association
  • Civil Aviation Safety Authority 
  • Defence Jobs Australia