Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures)

ANZSCO ID 323113

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
300
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
92%
Female Share
5%
Average age
40

Summary

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) inspect, dismantle and reassemble aircraft structures, and repair and replace components of aircraft frames.

Specialisations: Aircraft Structural Fitter (Air Force, Army).

A certificate IV in aeroskills (structures) is needed to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures). This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Tasks

  • Dismantles, inspects, tests, repairs and reassembles sub-assemblies of aircraft frames.

  • Assembles parts and sub-assemblies of aircraft frames.

  • Conducts routine pre-flight inspections of engines, aircraft frames and mechanical systems.

  • Maintains records of action taken.

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Interests
  • Practical
Physical Demand
  • Medium

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 92% of people employed as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 26 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Manufacturing
51.2%
2
Public Administration and Safety
18.4%
3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
17.4%
4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
9.0%
5
Other industries
3.0%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

37.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

23.1% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

26.8% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

3.0% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

6.0% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

0.0% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

3.3% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

0.0% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) All Jobs Average
NSW 37.8 31.6
VIC 23.1 25.6
QLD 26.8 20.0
SA 3.0 7.0
WA 6.0 10.8
TAS 0.0 2.0
NT 3.3 1.0
ACT 0.0 1.9


  • Around 44% of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Queensland and New South Wales have a large share of employment relative to their population size.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
40
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
5%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) is 40 years. This is the same as the all jobs average.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 5% of the workforce. This is 43 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) All Jobs Average
15-19 1.3 5.0
20-24 7.3 9.3
25-34 26.4 22.9
35-44 25.4 22.0
45-54 21.5 21.6
55-59 9.6 9.0
60-64 6.9 6.0
65 and Over 1.7 4.2
Median Age 40 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A certificate IV in aeroskills (structures) is needed to work as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures). This course is often completed as part of an apprenticeship.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Aeroskills Industry and Aviation Industry VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (Structures) All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 1.1 10.1
Bachelor degree 14.2 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 2.2 11.6
Certificate III/IV 74.3 21.1
Year 12 8.2 18.1
Year 11 0.0 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.0 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 54%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 45%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 45%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 45%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 45%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 45%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 43%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 43%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 43%

    Installation

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  • 43%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 43%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 43%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 43%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 41%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 41%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 41%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 41%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 41%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 37%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 54%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 54%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 51%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 45%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 45%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 45%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 42%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 41%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 41%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 39%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 39%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 33%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 31%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 30%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  • 28%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 27%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 25%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 25%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 23%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 23%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 55%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 55%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 54%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 52%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 52%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 50%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 50%

    Extent flexibility

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • 48%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 48%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 48%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 46%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 46%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 45%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 45%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 45%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 43%

    Auditory attention

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  • 43%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 43%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 43%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 43%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 75%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 73%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 67%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 67%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 65%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 61%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 59%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 58%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 58%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  • 58%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 58%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 58%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 57%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 54%

    Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  • 53%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 53%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 51%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 50%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 50%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 49%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 38%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 29%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 24%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 14%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 95%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 62%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 55%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 48%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 48%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 43%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 97%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 96%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 93%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 89%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 82%

    Dangerous conditions

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  • 82%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 81%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 80%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 79%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 79%

    Making repetitive motions

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  • 76%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 74%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 73%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 72%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 72%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 71%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 70%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 69%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  • 69%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-2011.00 - Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers.


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