Helicopter Engineer

Job Description:

Helicopter engineers service and repair helicopters.

Job Category:
Aerospace & Defence

What you will do:

In this role, you could

  • carry out scheduled inspection and maintenance checks
  • use software programs to diagnose faults
  • find and fix faults
  • report defects to the maintenance manager
  • make sure aircraft meet flight safety regulations
  • work on aircraft and instrument modifications
  • refit aircraft
  • respond to repair call outs
  • record completed work


You’ll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines, tools and systems
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • persistence and determination (drive)
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • a graduate training scheme
  • the armed forces

You’ll need an engineering qualification and maintenance experience to apply for a licence to become a helicopter engineer.

You’ll usually need a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in aerospace engineering, avionics, or a related subject like:

  • aeronautical engineering
  • electrical or electronic engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • manufacturing or product engineering
  • physics or applied physics
  • software engineering or mathematics

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need for this job. Relevant courses include the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering.

You can get into this job through an aircraft maintenance certifying engineering higher apprenticeship.

Other Routes
The way into this job is usually through an aircraft engineering company, some of which offer graduate training schemes.

Armed Forces
Flight engineering experience gained in the armed forces may count towards your licence application.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work at an airport or on an aircraft.

Your working environment may be physically demanding and you’ll travel often.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could become a maintenance engineering manager or senior design engineer, working on modifications and enhancements to aircraft.