Aircraft maintenance engineers maintain and repair aircraft engines.

Where aircraft maintenance engineers are employed

Aircraft maintenance engineers may be employed by approved maintenance organisations in general aviation, domestic and international airlines, aerospace companies and the Australian Defence Force.

"I love the challenge of my job. The problems I face are varied and interesting. I’ve also travelled to Denmark to measure the motion of a helicopter on a ship to help validate my model" - Ben Chartier, Senior Dynamics Engineer.


Full-time aircraft maintenance engineers in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for aircraft maintenance engineer

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 913 people employed full-time as aircraft maintenance engineers in South Australia compared with 799 in 2006.

How to become one

Usually you need to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in aeroskills (avionics/mechanical/structures). For more information see apprenticeships and traineeships.

You can also become an aircraft maintenance engineer by completing a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in aeroskills.

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