The Aeroskills Industry provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for general aviation, commercial airlines and the Australian Defence Force (ADF). This industry is also responsible for the manufacture of aircraft and aircraft components.

What does this industry cover?

This industry is made up of a combination of independent service providers, original equipment manufacturers, and airlines with their own internal maintenance repair and overhaul abilities.

General aviation can include charter operators, agricultural aviation business, firefighting services, aerial photography and surveying aviation, and medical aviation such as Royal Flying Doctor service. It also may include private, business, recreation and sports aviation.

Job hunting preparation

Many employers in this sector are currently not taking on new staff, but there are a small number of medium and large employers that are looking for new entrants into the sector due to an aging workforce.

Australia is highly recognised for our expertise in aircraft manufacturing and engineering, such as advanced fibre composites, integrated componentry, advanced avionics diagnostics systems and unmanned aerial systems, therefore completing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at school would be an advantage.

This is a highly regulated industry and to work in these sectors you will need to meet licencing requirements from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Information for further research

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.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small to medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2021, commencements were: 543

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022. AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2021 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/03/2022. AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

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

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

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

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

In the next 5 years, change in employment in this industry is predicted to increase.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

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