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Aerospace engineering technician

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Aerospace engineering technicians design, build, test and repair civil and military aircraft.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

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How to become an aerospace engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

University

You can do a foundation degree or higher national diploma in engineering to get into this career. Relevant subjects include:

  • aeronautical 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

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College

You could do a college course like:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aviation Engineering
  • Level 2 Extended Certificate Engineering
  • Level 3 BTEC Foundation or Extended Diploma in Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering

These courses cover areas like CNC (computer numerical controlled) machining, computer aided design and maintenance work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Apprenticeship

You can train through an advanced engineering technician apprenticeship with an airline operator, airline manufacturer or service engineering company.

You may be able to get into this kind of role in the armed forces. You can find more information from:

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

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Further information

You'll find more on 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
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • maths skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could work in the following fields:

  • mechanics - to build and service aircraft fuselage, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, like wings, engines and landing gear
  • avionics - to install and test electrical and electronic systems used in navigation, communications and flight control

In your day-to-day duties in both areas you might:

  • develop component plans using computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software
  • investigate and test solutions to engineering problems
  • build and test prototypes
  • use prototypes to predict and improve the performance of aircraft systems

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 move into supervisory, project management and higher management roles, or specialise in a particular field, like aircraft design.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Electronic and Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

  • Wage: £182.00 Weekly
  • Location: Letchworth Garden City

Engineering Technician Apprentice (Surface Mount Technology)

  • Wage: £12,168.00 Annually
  • Location: Fareham

Courses In England

Engineering (Aerospace Engineering) - BEng (Hons)

  • Provider: BLACKPOOL AND THE FYLDE COLLEGE
  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Location: Blackpool

Edexcel L3 BTEC Extended Dip in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (DTK ) - Yr 1 of 2

  • Provider: BRIDGWATER AND TAUNTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 September 2021
  • Location: Bridgwater

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