Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic

OFO No: 653201

Other names Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic:

  • Aircraft Engine Fitter
  • Aircraft Engine Maintenance Technician
  • Aircraft Engineering Serviceman / Tradesperson
  • Aircraft Examiner / Inspector
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Engines)
  • Aircraft Mechanic
  • Aircraft Service Technician
  • Aircraft Simulator Mechanic
  • Aircraft Technician (Defence)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Helicopter Mechanic
  • Jet Engine Mechanic
  • Pneudraulic Systems Mechanic (Aircraft)
  • Powerplant Mechanic (Aircraft)
  • Rocket Engine Component Mechanic



Youtube clip – Meet an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic?

Aircraft Maintenance Mechanics help to maintain aircraft. They assist the Aircraft Mechanic or Aircraft Engineer.

They replace and repair all the mechanical components of all types of aircraft.

They also perform routine inspections, and check all the systems.

Some Aircraft Mechanics specialise in:

  • hydraulics
  • propeller-driven planes
  • engines etc

What does an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic do?

  • inspects aircraft frames and parts
  • reads manuals
  • identifies mechanical problems and finds solutions
  • finds hydraulic system problems, adjusts and repairs
  • keeps up to date with regular maintenance
  • installs new engines and other mechanical parts
  • cleans engines
  • keeps detail records

Are you … ?

  • passionate about aircraft?
  • mechanical?
  • good with your hands?
  • problem solver?
  • systematical?
  • person who pays attention to detail?
  • team player?
  • trustworthy?
  • literate?  Good reading and writing skills?

How do I become an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test
  • National Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance & Overhaul NQF 4


  • Learnership – Aeronautical Engineering: Electrical NQF 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test
  • National Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance & Overhaul NQF 4


  • TVET (FET) Certificate NQF Level 3 or Grade 11
  • National Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance & Overhaul N!F 4
  • Trade Test


National Certificate: Engineering Studies N1, N2 and N3

These can be done a lot of TVET (FET) Colleges. Check your local college.

  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test
  • National Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance and Overhaul (NQF Level 4)


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


The following are some private places you can train at:

  • DENEL CENTRE FOR LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (DCLD):  Maintenance School (Kemptonpark)
  • INTELEK TRAINING AND CONSULTATION:  Maintenance School (Boksburg)
  • PHANTOM AERO TECHNICAL:  Maintenance School (Pretoria)
  • SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS TRAINING:  Maintenance School (Kempton Park)


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Aircraft Mechanic … or …  Aerodynamist … or … Aerospace Operations Technician   

Is becoming an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic the right career choice for me?