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Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Structures)

Aircraft Maintenance Technicians repair and modify aircraft structures. The work is performed in hangars on the structure of complete aircraft and in workshops on structural components. In some cases, primarily in the General Aviation sector, technicians may be also required to work on aircraft with wooden structures and/or fabric coverings.

Summary of Training

  • Interpret work health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
  • Plan and organise aviation maintenance work activities
  • Apply quality standards applicable to aviation maintenance processes
  • Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
  • Complete aviation maintenance industry documentation
  • Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance
  • Conduct self in the aviation maintenance environment
  • Fabricate and/or repair aircraft mechanical components or parts
  • Inspect aircraft structures
  • Fabricate basic structural components for aircraft
  • Fabricate advanced structural components for aircraft
  • Repair/modify aircraft metal structure
  • Aircraft structure major disassembly and reassembly
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Remove and install aircraft fixed wing flight control system components
  • Remove and install rotary wing rotor and flight control system components
  • Remove and install pressurised aircraft structural and non-structural components
  • Remove and install aircraft hydro-mechanical and landing gear system components
  • Remove and install aircraft pneumatic system components

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 335

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished.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

Graduate Wage

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

Industry Growth

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Aircraft Maintenance Technician (Structures) - MEA41315
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
ASbA
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Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

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