Maintenance

Print page

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft Maintenance offers many fantastic career paths if you prefer the idea of a hands-on role which requires practically-minded people and the opportunity to work up close or on aircraft.

Aircraft engineers maintain, inspect, repair and service aircraft to achieve internationally-approved licences and sustain aviation’s high safety standards all over the world. Specialising in either mechanics or avionics, qualified aircraft engineers work for airlines, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) divisions of aerospace manufacturers or specialist aircraft maintenance companies. There are also military routes via the RAF while the General Aviation (GA) community, which spans a huge range of activities from Flying Clubs to Business jets below 5700Kg, also require qualified engineers to maintain their fleets.

More and more aerospace manufacturers are also turning to the lucrative ‘after sales service’ market in order increase their profits, and companies such as Rolls-Royce (engines) and Messier-Dowty (landing gear) also offer maintenance support following the sale of their components. Therefore there are likely to be good employment prospects for those taking the licensed engineer route.

Skills

Safety is crucially important to the aviation industry – flying is still the safest form of transport, and if you can offer attention to detail, excellent understanding of safety requirements and awareness of aircraft systems, good hand skills, communication and the ability to work as a team, often internationally, this could be the route for you!

Alternative Options

Furthermore, there are other levels and specialist areas to suit everyone: such as to Technician level rather than becoming fully-Licenced engineer. There are also engineering management opportunities, overseeing maintenance procedures and roles in Quality Assurance, ensuring that repairs and other work is carried out to international quality standards such as ISO. Finally, as competition for maintenance contracts increases between the many players, there are increasing numbers of commercial roles available, where your office may be attached to a large hangar at the edge of a runway!

Our Latest Tweets

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 8:02pm
Day 2 of @WSUKLIVE and already off to a flying start with our #aerospace and #Aviation careers stand. Come and join us for a try on a flight simulator and impartial #careers advice https://t.co/lONeL37FCU
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 12:54am
Really busy today @worldskillsuk fantastic to see so many young people interested in #Aerospace and #Engineering - so much interest we had to organise another delivery of goodies for tomorrow! https://t.co/7BdThDYUDu
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 6:07am
All set for @worldskillsuk 2018! Join us H20-E4 - we have our free flight aims, lots of freebies and #CareerFlightpath magazines to give away over the next few days! #STEM #aerospace #Aviation https://t.co/Lv8I49tW98

Our Latest News

Careers in Aerospace and Aviation LIVE 2017 3

Careers fairs are still an important networking opportunity if you are looking for your next career...

Read More
British Airways logo

Teachers: do you ever wonder what it’s like to work for an airline? Or even wonder what your...

Read More
Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter Seminar September 2018

Aerospace and aviation organisations pledge to transform gender balance across the industry Since...

Read More