Aerospace engineering technician

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

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on shifts

How to become an aerospace engineering technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


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:

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

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You could do a college course like:

  • 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), including English, maths and science

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

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) including English, maths and a 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

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

Day-to-day tasks

You'll usually work in either:

  • mechanics - building and servicing aircraft fuselage, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, like wings, engines and landing gear
  • avionics - installing and testing electrical and electronic systems used in navigation, communications and flight control

Your day-to-day duties in both areas might include:

  • developing component plans using computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software
  • investigating and testing solutions to engineering problems
  • building and testing prototypes
  • using 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

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

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Craft Transmission Repair and Overhaul Apprentice

  • Wage : Competitive salary
  • Location: Yeovil BA20 2YB

Apprentice Maintenance Engineer

  • Wage : £246.00 Weekly
  • Location: Kettering NN15 6NL

Courses In England

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

  • Start date: 08 September 2020
  • Location: Blackpool

Aerospace Engineering & Maintenance Diploma

  • Provider: Solihull College & University Centre
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Smith's Wood

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