Aircraft Engineer: Description and the best paid jobs

Aircraft Engineer

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Aircraft Engineering

An Aircraft Engineer, also known as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer tests, repairs and maintains aircraft and their components. This includes airframes, airframe systems, engines, electrical and electronic systems including instrument and communication systems, aircraft structures and surface systems.

An avionics engineer or technician is primarily concerned with the electrical and electronic components of an aircraft.

An Aeronautical Engineer, sometimes called an Aerospace Engineer or Astronautical Engineer specialises in the development of aircraft and spacecraft.

Aircraft Engineer job description and duties (general)

Tasks include

  • Inspecting, dismantling, repairing and reassembling aircraft engines, engine accessories, ancillary motors and subassemblies of aircraft frames
  • Manufacture engine, electrical or electronic components when required
  • Test equipment
  • Replace and maintain aircraft safety systems as required, including oxygen system components
  • Install electrical circuits, systems, components and instrumentation using specialised test equipment
  • Conduct routine pre-flight inspections of mechanical systems, engines and aircraft frames
  • Keep and update records of maintenance performed

Requirements:

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Technically minded
  • Enjoy finding engineering and mechanical solutions
  • Good eyesight and hearing
  • Comfortable working in confined spaces when required
  • Ability to work quickly
  • Reliability and honesty

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Specialisations

Avionics – Aircraft Mechanic

  • Test, repair, and modify electrical systems, electronic instruments, communications systems and navigation systems
  • Includes the test, repair and modification of autopilot and integrated flight systems, environmental control systems, radar, generators and power distribution systems
  • Flight simulator maintenance
  • Work usually done on components after they have been removed from the aircraft

Avionics – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

  • Test, maintain and modify electrical and electronic systems including fault diagnosis of instrument and radio systems and aircraft components and accessories
  • Test, maintain and modify generator and power distribution systems, navigation, radar and integrated flight systems, recording and indicating systems, aircraft information systems, lighting, autopilot and aircraft information systems
  • Test, maintain and modify digital engine systems, in-flight entertainment and cabin systems, communications and fly by wire flight control systems

Mechanical – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

  • Test, repair, modify and run fault diagnosis of engines, propellers and rotors
  • Test, repair, modify and run fault diagnosis of aircraft airframe, electrical systems, components and accessories
  • Test, repair and modify landing gear including wheels, brakes and pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Test, repair and modify fuel systems, flight control systems, cabin and environmental control and pressurisation systems, fire detection and control systems, life support systems, containerised cargo handling systems, doors, windows, lighting and ice and rain protection systems

Mechanical – Aircraft Mechanic

  • Test, repair and modify engine and airframe components
  • Test, repair and modify landing gear including wheels, brakes, pneumatic and hydraulic devices
  • Test, repair and modify pressurisation, fuel systems including piston and gas turbines, propellers and rotor blades, transmissions and associated engine components
  • Test, repair and modify flight control surfaces and power control packages and environmental control components

Structures – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer

  • Understanding of the airframe, engine and electrical components of aircraft
  • Fabricate, maintain and repair sheet metal, bonded and non-metallic composites
  • Work on pressurised and non pressurised aircraft
  • Carry out a wide range of metal forming and joining processes using hand tools
  • Ability to work with various fibre-reinforced plastics
  • Flight simulator maintenance
  • Work usually done on components after they have been removed from the aircraft

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Aircraft maintenance engineer education - Training and Qualifications

Basic qualifications:

  • Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Mechanical
  • Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Avionics
  • Bachelor of aircraft engineering technology

Aircraft maintenance engineering colleges are located in all states. You can also apply for an aircraft maintenance engineer apprenticeship. The defence forces (Airforce, Navy and Army) also provide training.

Aircraft Engineer salary

Depending on experience an aircraft engineer can expect to earn:

  • Range – $56,000 to $160,000 per annum
  • Average – $95,000 per annum
Is aircraft maintenance engineering a good career?

Aircraft engineering is an ideal profession for technically minded people who are also interested in aviation.

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