Aerospace Engineering TechnicianJob Description:
Aerospace engineering technicians design, build, test and repair civil and military aircraft.Job Category:
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
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
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
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.
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.