Aircraft maintenance and related trades


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Jobholders in this unit group fit, service, repair and overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies. Licensed aircraft engineers are coded to UNIT GROUP 3113.


Entrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades, a GNVQ/ GSVQ or a BTEC/SQA award. Apprenticeships in Engineering Maintenance at NVQ/SVQ Level 3 are available. NVQs/SVQs in Aircraft Engineering Maintenance are available at Level 3.

Typical tasks

  • examines drawings, manuals and specifications to determine appropriate methods and sequence of operations;
  • fits and assembles parts and/or metal sub-assemblies to fine tolerances to make aircraft engines;
  • replaces engine components or complete engines, installs and tests electrical and electronic components and systems in aircraft;
  • examines and inspects airframes and aircraft components, including landing gear, hydraulic systems, and deicers to detect wear, cracks, breaks, leaks, or other problems;
  • maintains, repairs and rebuilds aircraft structures, functional components, and parts;
  • maintains comprehensive repair logs.

Common job titles

Fitter, engine, aircraft
Engineer, airline
Fitter, support, aircraft
Fitter, engine, aero
Tester-rectifier, engine, jet
Engineer, aeronautical
Fitter, instrument
Finisher (aircraft mfr)
Engineer, aircraft
Electrician, aircraft
TTO (Civil Aviation Authority)
Dismantler, engine, aircraft
Fitter, service
Engineer, service
Engineer, maintenance
Man, maintenance
Hand, maintenance
Refurbisher, aircraft
Fitter, frame, air
Engineer, aero
Engineer, maintenance, aircraft
Engineer, nos
Fitter, aircraft
Fitter, instrument, aircraft
Fitter, mechanical
Etcher (aircraft mfr)
Engineer, helicopter
Fitter, airframe
Engineer, aviation
Mechanic, aircraft
Fitter, maintenance