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Aircraft Maintenance

Inspecting, servicing, troubleshooting and repairing all types of aircraft, ensuring rigorous quality and safety standards.

Why is this skill important?

An aircraft maintenance technician may work on commercial or private aircrafts applying a range of highly skilled tasks and processes including inspection, servicing, troubleshooting, removal, installation, rigging, testing, and repairing.

While a technician might specialize on a particular type of aircraft, in all cases they will exhibit strong organization and self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills. The ability to solve problems and work safely, always adhering to industry regulations and manufacturers’ instructions are the universal attributes of the outstanding aircraft maintenance technician.

As a part of a worldwide industry and in a time of 24/7 global travel the aircraft maintenance technician faces rapidly expanding opportunities and exciting challenges in commercial and private aviation - even including travelling into space.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Complex problems
  • Using tools
  • Things that move

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • The aircraft maintenance technician will undertake a number of processes including sheet metal repair, following supplied drawings.

  • Each Competitor will also complete a visual Inspection of a helicopter prior to flight.

  • Competitors are tested on removing and installing components in an aircraft simulator.

  • Adhering to industry regulations and manufacturer's’ instructions are essential to this Skill.

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How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.