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Aircraft Maintenance & Related Trades

Jobholders in this unit group fit, service, repair and overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies. Licensed aircraft engineers are coded to UNIT GROUP 3113.

Tasks

  • Examines drawings, manuals and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations
  • Fits and assembles parts and/or metal sub-assemblies to fine tolerances to make aircraft engines
  • Replaces engine components or complete engines, installs and tests electrical and electronic components and systems in aircraft
  • Examines and inspects airframes and aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to detect wear, cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems
  • Maintains, repairs and rebuilds aircraft structures, functional components, and parts
  • Maintains comprehensive repair logs.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, a GNVQ/ GSVQ or a BTEC/SQA award. Apprenticeships in Engineering Maintenance at NVQ/SVQ Level 3 are available. NVQs/SVQs in Aircraft Engineering Maintenance are available at Level 3.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £32,000 per annum and can progress up to £49,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 3,331 employed Aircraft Maintenance & Related Trades in the region.

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