Aerospace Engineering Technician

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Aerospace & Defence

What you will do:

You could work on the mechanics of the aircraft or the electrical and electronic systems or ‘avionics’. You may:

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


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • maths skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • 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 (drive)
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
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Entry Requirements:

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

You could do an engineering course that would give you some of the skills and knowledge needed for this job. General engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering courses are useful as well as more specialist courses like:

  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Manufacture
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

You can do an advanced engineering technician apprenticeship or an engineering manufacturing technician higher apprenticeship.

School Subjects

To become an Aerospace Engineering Technician in the UK, you should focus on GCSE subjects that provide a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) such as:

  1. Mathematics: Mathematics is a core subject for engineering disciplines, including Aerospace Engineering. It is crucial for complex calculations, problem-solving, and data analysis involved in aerospace engineering tasks.
  2. Physics: Physics provides fundamental principles related to mechanics, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics, which are essential in understanding aerospace systems.
  3. Design and Technology: This subject can provide insights into engineering design principles, materials, and manufacturing techniques used in the aerospace industry.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Familiarity with digital tools and software is essential for data analysis, simulations, and computer-aided design (CAD) in aerospace engineering.
  5. English: Strong communication skills are important for understanding technical documents and collaborating with engineers and colleagues.

Working Hours and 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 & Progression:

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