How to become an aircraft maintenance engineer

Inspect, maintain, repair, and upgrade aircraft for safe flights.

What does an aircraft maintenance engineer do?

Aircraft maintenance engineers are licensed engineering professionals who carry out repairs, maintenance, and modifications on a variety of aircrafts. They make routine pre-flight safety inspections and troubleshoot problems as they arise.

Duties and tasks

  • Conduct maintenance, modification and repairs of aircraft engines and components—including critical control system maintenance.
  • Conduct pre-flight examinations and assessments of aircraft engines and other associated mechanical systems.
  • Examine aircraft engines for malfunctions.
  • Maintain tools and work environment.
  • Observe OH&S guidelines, policies and procedures.
  • Perform material and component testing.

Industry bodies

Related jobs

Discover engineering courses

Step up your career with these resources

Humans of Open Universities Australia: Meet our Content Lead, Cat

A ‘braided river’ career path, a crystal ball moment from Bill Gates, and a heartfelt letter with complete disregard for the third wall—here's Cat.

How to negotiate a higher salary

Not sure what to say when negotiating your salary? Follow these tips from career strategist Kelly Magowan next time you need to make your case with an employer.

Is a career in project management right for you?

Do you get a kick out of thinking big and getting things done? You could make a great project manager. 

Are microcredentials worth it?

You can study a microcredential in just about any industry, from healthcare and education to business and marketing. Here’s why these skills-based short courses are worth your time.

We're here to guide you there

Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

13 OPEN (13 67 36)

Message, chat or SMS

Talk to a student advisor

We'll be in touch to answer your questions.

Student advisor Jason Student advisor Maria Student advisor Peter

Usually replies in 30 mins