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Aerospace engineering technician

Alternative titles for this job include Aircraft maintenance technician

Aerospace engineering technicians build, test and maintain commercial and military aircraft, and satellites.

Average salary (a year)

£26,000 Starter

to

£45,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become

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How to become Aerospace engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • the armed forces

University

You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in engineering to get into this career.

Relevant subjects include:

  • aeronautical engineering
  • aerospace engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • electrical or electronics engineering
  • avionics

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree

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College

You could do A levels or an engineering course that would give you some of the skills and knowledge needed to apply for a trainee technician job with an aerospace company.

Courses include:

  • maths, physics and design and technology
  • mechanical and electrical engineering
  • aerospace and aviation engineering
  • aircraft maintenance
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T Level

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Apprenticeship

You could apply to do an apprenticeship, such as:

  • Engineering Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Engineering Manufacturing Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
  • Space Engineering Technician Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

These apprenticeships usually take between 3 and 4 years to complete and are a mix of on-the-job training and off-site study.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Other Routes

You could train and gain qualification as an aircraft technician in the armed forces.

You can find out more through the:

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Further information

You can get more information about working and training in aerospace engineering from Careers in Aerospace and Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need to apply for a UK Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence (AML) for certain jobs, depending on your responsibilities.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As an aerospace engineering technician, you could:

  • inspect, service and maintain aircraft electrical, mechanical and electronic systems
  • build and fit wings, engines and landing gear
  • install and test navigation, communication and flight controls
  • investigate faults and work with engineers to fix them
  • assemble and install satellite instruments
  • create 3D models of parts for manufacture, using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • complete safety documentation and maintenance logbooks

Working environment

You could work in an aircraft hangar, on an aircraft, in a factory, in an office or in a laboratory.

Your working environment may be cramped.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could:

  • become a workshop supervisor or senior technician
  • take further training to qualify as an aerospace engineer
  • specialise in a particular area, like aircraft design, quality control or production management

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) - BEng Hons Degree (Part-time)

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Blackpool

Level 3 Programme In Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering

  • Provider: FARNBOROUGH COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Farnborough

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