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Aircraft Maintenance Technician

Aircraft being worked on in hangar

Aircraft maintenance technicians usually specialise as either mechanical engineers who service and overhaul the engines, airframes and hydraulic and pneumatic systems, or avionic engineers who service and overhaul the electronic systems, instruments, flight control, navigation and communication systems of aircraft.

Mechanical and avionic engineers have similar duties and usually specialise in a particular type of aircraft.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

A trainee aircraft maintenance technician earns around £13,000 a year.

The starting salary for qualified aircraft maintenance mechanics or engineers is normally around £24,000 a year. With experience this can rise to around £40,000 a year or more.

Conditions

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Getting In

Most aircraft mechanics or engineers work for commercial airlines or aircraft maintenance organisations. There are also opportunities in the Armed Forces, flying clubs, air taxi companies, aircraft manufacturers, aircraft component workshops and with organisations providing agricultural, ambulance and police aviation services.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
2525
0.9 %
RISE
2029
2548
  United Kingdom
2024
32565
1.4 %
RISE
2029
33014

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Civil Aviation Authority
Website: http://www.caa.co.uk
Twitter: @UK_CAA

Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
Tel: 020 7670 4326
E-mail: careers@aerosociety.com
Website: http://www.aerosociety.com/
Website (2): http://www.careersinaerospace.com
Twitter: @AeroSociety
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalAeronauticalSociety/

The Royal Aeronautical Society has a website called Careers in Aerospace which provides a wide range of information on careers in the aeronautical industry.

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Career Area

Engineering

Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

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Offshore and Energy