I am a 21year old lady. I stay around Pretoria. I would like to start a career in Aviation.

AVIATION: I am a 21year old lady. I stay around Pretoria. I would like to start a career in Aviation.


Here is an overview of all careers in aviation and which organizations offer apprenticeships and jobs.

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One of the ways you can increase the likelihood of getting an opportunity is to be sure about which job you want in aviation. Also do some research before applying. So we are offer you this list: Most of these require formal education so once you have chosen those you like, you can return to us for advice on studying.


Aeronautical Engineer: He or she develops, designs and tests aircraft, missiles,

satellites and other systems.

Air Cargo Agent: It is this person’s job to supervise the cargo terminal, record air

freight shipments, and arrange for deliveries.

Air Cargo / Baggage Handler: He or she loads and unloads cargo and baggage,

drives baggage tractors, and operates conveyors, forklifts, and other air freight

handling equipment.

Aircraft Assembler: He or she assembles, fits and installs pre-fabricated parts to

manufacture fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft or aircraft sub-assemblies. Aircraft

assembly inspectors inspect aircraft assemblies for adherence to engineering

specifications. They are employed by aircraft and aircraft sub-assembly

manufacturers. This may also include the manufacturing of all components on the


Aircraft Composite Structures Worker: With the advancement of technology in

modern aircraft materials such as graphite and Kevlar fibers, this trade has become

a very interesting and challenging trade. The Technician in this trade is responsible

for the maintenance, repair and manufacture of plastic, fiberglass and honeycomb

structure components such as flight controls (flaps, spoilers, elevators) nose

radomes and various other honeycomb construction components.

Training includes:

– Fiberglass skin repairs.

– Metal skin repairs.

– Rework of aircraft windows.

– Hot bond repairs.

Aircraft Electroplater: This trade entails the plating of a thin protective layer on

aircraft parts by means of electrochemical processes. Various metals are plated e.g.

chromium, nickel, silver, lead-tin, copper, cadmium. These metals are used as

protection against corrosion and to reconstruct worn parts to their original standards

and dimensions. They also use special processes for aluminum and magnesium to

treat against corrosion.

Training includes the following:

– Laboratory analysis as all electroplating solutions are prepared and tested in

our own facilities.

– Principles of electrochemistry and electricity.

– Surface treatment of different metals.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs): He or she diagnoses, adjusts, repairs,

replaces or overhauls aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and

pneumatic systems, wings and fuselage, and functional components including

rigging, surface controls, and plumbing to ensure airworthiness. This career field

consists of the following:19

Aircraft Electrician: The satisfactory performance of any modern aircraft depends

to a very great degree on the continuing reliability of all electrical and systems. The

Aircraft Electrician must be able to diagnose faults on the electrical systems, to carry

out periodic inspections, maintain, repair and overhaul all electrical

components. The Aircraft Electrician is furthermore responsible for the repair and

installation of all electrical components, as well as the wiring of the aircraft, to

ensure proper power supply to all systems. Workshop Technicians in this trade

overhauls, repairs and tests electronic equipment such as generators, AC and DC

powers controls, temperature control and air conditioning units and various other

electrical / electronic components. Maintenance Technicians are responsible for

the maintenance, removal and replacement of components, testing and

troubleshooting of systems such as air conditioning, galleys, power generation

and distribution, aircraft lighting, wiring etc.

Aircraft Instrument Mechanic: The Aircraft Instrument Mechanic is actually an

electronic instrument mechanic. A person with a steady hand is required for repairs,

as they work with delicate and sensitive equipment. Measuring and testing

equipment are used for the tracing of circuits and the measuring of circuit values.

The Aircraft Instrument Mechanic is trained to repair, test and install navigational

and flying instruments, such as the automatic pilot and electronic compasses. The

formal training course includes principles of electricity, magnetic and

electromagnetic principles, the theory of aircraft instruments and electronics.

Workshop Technicians in this trade must have a fine eye – hand coordination and

are trained to overhaul and calibrate mechanical, analogue, digital and electronic

instruments. Data Computers and various electronic units are also tested and

repaired. Maintenance Technicians are responsible for the maintenance, removal

and replacement of components, testing and troubleshooting of various instrument

systems such as pilot static, sensors, quantity and flow indication, engine

indication, etc.

Aircraft Radiotrician: This person’s responsibility is to carry out maintenance of all

communication equipment of the aircraft. To check, repair and test all radio

equipment, the aircraft radiotrician uses overhaul manuals as a guide to construct

all basic aircraft systems applicable to the trade. After repair and the necessary

tests, he is responsible for the installation of radio equipment on the aircraft.

In this trade the Technician in the workshop tests, repairs and overhauls

communication equipment, aircraft navigation equipment and electronic control

systems, as well as test instruments which are used in workshops.

Maintenance Technicians are responsible for the maintenance, removal and

replacement of components, testing and troubleshooting of various systems such

as communication, electronic control, radar, satellite communication, etc.

Aircraft Mechanic: Workshop Technicians in this trade is responsible for the

overhaul and repair of various aircraft components such as fuel control units,

pneumatic and hydraulic components, landing gear, wheels, brakes, pumps etc.

Maintenance Technicians tasks includes the repair, removal and replacement of

components, testing and troubleshooting of systems such as engine, air

conditioning, landing gear, flight controls, etc.19

Aircraft Painter: Technicians in this trade is responsible for the protective and

decorative finishing of the aircraft, its engines and components. Highly sophisticated

spray-painting equipment as well as high technology paints and resins are used.

Although spray-painting covers the largest facet of trade, sign writing and silk

screening printing forms an equally part of his trade.

Training includes:

– Mixing of colors

– Multi spray systems

– Aircraft paint application

– Stencils, transfers, pounces, etc.

Aircraft Structures Worker: The Aircraft Structures Worker is mainly responsible

for the maintenance, repair, overhaul, manufacturing and modification of the aircraft

structure and its components. This involves crimping and forming of metal sections,

testing and manufacturing of solid and flexible tubing, shot peening and treatment of


Equipment such as guillotines, bending machines, crimping machines, drilling

machines etc. is some of the equipment used in this trade. Training includes riveting,

bending, manufacturing and repairing. Aircraft Structures Workers are trained to

mark off, develop, manufacture and maintain airframes and engine components and

parts. The formal training course includes basic fitting and workshop practice; sheet

metal works, including the development, flex and repair of stressed skin; design and

manufacture of components and modifications as laid down from time to time. An

interest in technical drawing as well as metallurgy plays an important role.

Aircraft Trimmer: The comfort of passengers is as important as their safety and for

this reason the aircraft interior must be of the highest standard. This trade is

responsible for the manufacturing, maintenance and repair of interior components

such as fabric covered panels, carpets, curtains and seat covers. Survival equipment

such as slide rafts and life vests used on aircraft are regularly serviced and repaired

if necessary.

Training includes the following:

– Leather work practices

– Aircraft insulation blanket practices

– Sewing machine practices

– Maintenance of survival equipment

Aircraft Welder: This Technician is responsible for the repairing of aircraft

components. The following welding processes and advanced technologies are

applied: oxy-acetylene welding, arc welding, shielded metal-arc welding, gas metalarc welding, gas tungsten-arc welding, heat treatment of ferrous, non-ferrous and

special aircraft alloys, plasma and metal spraying processes.

During his training this Technician must obtain a certificate of competence, which will

allow him or her to weld on aircraft material. This certificate is issued by the

Commissioner for Civil Aviation (CAA). Training in this trade includes the welding of

aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel and titanium.

Airline Station Manager: The station manager is in charge of all ground and flight

operations for his/her airline. These responsibilities could include aircraft handling,

passenger services, air cargo operations, ticket sales, making public

announcements, checking baggage, or operating computer terminals depending

upon the size of the airline or airport.

Airport Planner: It is this person’s job to plan and design airport facilities. It is also

his or her role to create a master plan for the airport, noting the increasing demands

of passengers and the airline services.

Airport Manager: Airports need to be efficiently run by trained staff. Depending on

its size, managing an airport can be a most demanding job, involving many

disciplines. The duties of an Airport Manager involve the management and coordination of the complete Airport including, amongst others: Safety, Fire and

Rescue, Maintenance and Engineering, Customer Relations, Airside and Landside


Air Traffic Controller: An air traffic controller’s job includes tower control, which

handles all aircraft movements, take-offs and landings, while approach control

monitors approaching and departing traffic, en route control and information and

advisory services.

Aviation Law: This is a highly specialized aspect of the law, and is very much

internationally orientated. Very few people in South Africa have qualified in this field.

It is recommended that you contact universities for more information.

Aviation Medicine: This is a highly specialized field of medicine. A course in this

field is offered by the Institute for Aviation Medicine. Aviation physicians are

employed mainly by the SAAF and by some of the larger aviation companies.

However, a number of general practitioners also take the course, to be in a better

position to deal with patients transported by air, or to carry out the required medical

examinations for the issue and renewal of personnel licenses.

Aviation Safety Specialist: Safety is crucial to aviation, and this subject is part of all

aviation training, with emphasis on preventive measures, standardization and strict

discipline. Aviation safety specialists report incidents and accidents and ensure that

their causes are made widely known to all that could benefit by the knowledge.

Designs, construction and practices are reviewed constantly, and new findings and

techniques are incorporated.

Aviation Turner and Machinist: The Technician in this trade is responsible for the

modifications, repair and manufacture of aircraft parts. The manufacture of special

tools and jigs is also part of this trade. Equipment such as center lathes, milling

machines, grinders, horizontal and vertical boring machines are generally used. A

very high standard of accuracy is required and maintained.

Training in this trade


– Machining of screw heads

– Machining tapers

– Machining of gears on a milling machine

– Grinding of internal and external surfaces

Cabin Crew / Flight Attendant:

He or she checks passengers’ names and

destinations, enforces safety rules, serves food, oversees passengers’ comfort, and

directs evacuation procedures in the case of an emergency.19


The co-pilot assists the pilot in the operation of the flight controls, watches

the instruments and weather, handles radio communications, and keeps logs.

Electronics Mechanician: The Electronics Mechanician is required to repair and

maintain electronic as well as mechanical aspects of various equipment. This

equipment may be any of the following: CNC and NC machines; logic and microprocessors; PLC systems; AC and DC drives; synchro and servomechanisms; and

others. This is not a specific aerospace trade; Electronics Mechanicians are also

found in other industries.

Electro-mechanic: The electro-mechanic maintains teletype equipment, landing

lights, beacons, and stand-by generators.

Electronics Maintenance Technician: This person maintains navigational aids and

communication equipment, such as radar and radio beacons.

Fitter and Turner: The fitter and turner is trained to manufacture parts and aircraft

components. His/her training consists of fitting and machine work such as grinding,

milling, turning and shaping. Another important part of his training is the cutting of “V”

type and square threads. To be able to manufacture parts and components to very

small tolerances a high standard must be obtained.

Flight Dispatcher: The flight dispatcher works the with the pilot planning flight

requirements (fuel consumption, altitudes, traffic flow, weather, winds aloft)

authorizes take-offs or cancels flights, and advises pilots in the air on weather or

route changes. They frequently work under pressure in a noisy, busy atmosphere

surrounded by other airport workers, teletype machines, telephones, and intercom

systems. They use computers, calculators, weather charts, and loading reports,

sometimes also doing the job of a meteorologist or schedule coordinator. Experience

as a flight dispatcher could lead to promotions to air traffic controller or airport

manager. The job requires a college degree with a major in air transportation or


Flight Engineer: The flight engineer monitors the in-flight operation of the engines

and aircraft’s mechanical and electrical systems.

Flight Instructor: This pilot teaches student pilots how to fly. They demonstrate and

explain, on the ground and in the air, basic principles of flight, aerial navigation,

weather factors, and civil aviation regulations.

Flight Simulator Instructor: This person trains pilots and checks their skills, using a

flight simulator.

Flight Line Mechanic: The airplane is prepared for test flight after final assembly by

the flight line mechanic

Ground Handling and Emergency Services: When on the ground, aircraft need to

be moved around, refueled, cleaned and so on. Also, emergency services such as

airport rescue and fire-fighting teams have to be available at all times to react to

emergencies. Paramedics and fire-fighters are employed by these services and

further information about them can be obtained from the Airports Company (ground 19

handling), and the aviation departments of the major oil companies (aircraft


Helicopter Pilot: These pilots can make flights to otherwise inaccessible areas.

Loadmaster: He or she supervises proper tie-down procedures of cargo and

calculates weight distribution of the load.

Meteorologist: He or she analyzes weather data and makes weather reports to the

pilot and dispatcher. He or she may also work with the flight dispatcher preparing

flight plans.

Navigator: The navigator plots the course, reports positions, and estimates arrival


Operations Agent: The operations agent oversees the loading and unloading of the

aircraft and checks the distribution of the aircraft load and fuel.

Radartrician: Radar systems are used in aircraft as well as on the ground. The

radartrician is responsible for this equipment in the aircraft. Repair manuals serve as

guidelines for the construction of all basic systems on and in the aircraft, and further

responsibilities are the routine maintenance, fault diagnoses and repair of radar

equipment. The formal training course includes principles of electricity, electronics,

digital techniques, radar transmitters, receivers microwave techniques and aerials.

Reservations Clerk: This clerk handles telephone inquiries about flight schedules

and fares and makes flight reservations for airline passengers. They usually work in

large central offices with access to telephones and computer terminals.

Ticket Agent: The ticket agent sells tickets, weighs and tags baggage, and answers

questions on schedules and fares.

Travel Agent: The travel agent promotes airline travel, calls on customers, and

arranges charter flights.



Telephone: 011 723 1400

011 921 6242

Address: Airports Company South Africa

PO Box 75480



Website: www.airports.co.za


Recruitment office


Private Bag X 15

Kempton Park


Website : www.atns.com



Telephone: (012) 309-3848

(012) 309 3760

(012) 309 3194

(012) 309 3039

(012) 309 3285

Address: Private Bag X193



Forum Building

159 Cnr Struben and Bosman Streets


Website: www.transport.gov.za



Telephone: 012-3395392/5


Address: Department of Defence

Chief Directorate HR Management

Directorate HR Acquisition

Private Bag x281



Email: dpersacq@yahoo.com



Telephone: 011 978 3353 / 2643

Address: Cadet Pilot Selections

Private Bag x13

O R Tambo International Airport




SAA Technical (Pty) Ltd

Manager (Human Resources)

Recruitment and Selection

Private Bag X12




Telephone: 011 978 3353 / 2643

Address: Cadet Pilot Selections

Private Bag x13

O R Tambo International Airport


Website: www.flysaa.com



Telephone: 011 – 545-1000

Address: Private Bag x73

Halfway House


Ikhaya Lokundiza

16 Treur Close, Waterfall Park

Bekker Street


Website: www.caa.co.za


The Constitution of the Republic of South African, 1996 (Act 108 of 1996) lays down

that the South African Police Service has a responsibility to –


Telephone: 012 421 8277

012 421 8454

012 421 8435

Address: Career Management

Private Bag X241



Website: www.saps.gov.za


Should you require more information on a career in aviation, you may direct your

Request or application for an apprenticeship to any of the following organizations:

Air Traffic & Navigation Services

Private Bag x15, Kempton Park, 1620.

Tel: 011 961 0100 / 0243


Email: admin@atns.co.za

Airline Pilots’ Association of South Africa (ALPA-SA)

P O Box 796, Kempton Park, 1620.

Tel: 011 394 5310.


Airports Company South Africa

P O Box 75480, Gardenview, 2047.

Tel: 011 921 6723.


Association of Aviation Maintenance Organisations (AMOSA)

P O Box 7283, Halfway House, 1685.

Tel: 011 659 2345

Association of SA Travel Agents (ASATA)

P O Box 1234, Saxonwold, 2132.

Tel: 011 327 7803.


Email: general@asata.co.za

Aviation Training Academy

Tel: 011 570 0449



P O Box 7015, Bonaero Park, 1622.

Tel: 011 921 0111

Capital Sounds

P O Box 393,Welkom, 9460

Tel: 057 388 2351

E-mail: capital@icon.co.za

Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (CAASA)

P O Box 7283, Halfway House, 1685

Tel: 011 659 2345/8.


Email: caasa@iafrica.com.

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Denel Training Academy

P O Box 8322, Centurion, 0046

Tel: 012 671 2700


Department of Transport

Private Bag x193, Pretoria, 0001



Department of Justice

Private Bag x81, Pretoria, 0001.

Tel: 012 315 1111


Engineering Council for South Africa (ECSA)

Private Bag x691, BRUMA, 2026

Tel: 011 607 9500


Government Printer

Private Bag x85, Pretoria, 0001.

Tel: 012 334 4500

National Airways Corporation

P O Box 293, Lanseria, 1748

Tel: 011 267 5000


South African Airlink

PO Box 7529, Bonaero Park, 1622.

Tel: 011 961 1700.


South African Airways – Cadet Pilot Recruitment

Cadet Pilot Selection, Private Bag x13, OR Tambo International Airport, 1627

Tel: 011 978 1000 / 5571


South African Air Force (SAAF), Air Force Headquarters

SANDF Recruiting Centre, Private Bag x281, Pretoria, 0001,

Tel: 012 312 2148 / 2609 / 2801,


South African Civil Aviation Authority

Private Bag x73 Halfway house, 1685

Tel: 011 545 1000


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South African Express Airways

PO Box 101, OR Tambo International Airport, 1627.

Tel: 011 978 5577.


Email: info@saexpress.co.za

South African Police Service

Tel: 012 421 8277 / 8454 / 8435


South African Society for Professional Engineers (SPE)

P O Box 78433, Sandton, 2146.

Tel: 011 783 0765


Safair (Pty) Ltd

PO Box 938, Kempton Park, 1620.

Tel: 011 928 0000.


South African Society for Aerospace and Environmental Medicine

Private Bag x08, Lyttelton, 0140.

Tel: 012 664 5954

Transport Education Training Authority (Aerospace Chamber)

2nd Floor, Sonsono Building, 344 Pretoria Avenue, Randburg,

2125, RSA

Private Bag X10016, Randburg, 2125,

Tel: +27 11 781 1280 . Fax:+ 27 11 886 2502


E-mail: andre@teta.org.za

University of Johannesburg – Transport Economics

Faculty of Management, C Ring 613,

Tel: 011 489 2464.