Aerospace Engineering and Technology

Below are details about the field of study you have chosen to explore, as well as some potential careers.


The study of planning, designing, developing, assembling and maintaining aircraft structures and systems. It includes operating and directing aircraft. The main purpose of this narrow field of education is to develop an understanding of the research, design, development, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance and management of aircraft. It also involves developing an understanding of the structural aspects of air frames, aircraft controls and flight stability, and aircraft capability and safety under operational conditions.

Course skills

Aerospace Engineering and Technology develops skills in:

  • authorising aircraft modifications, repairs and maintenance
  • conducting diagnostic tests to determine the nature of aircraft malfunctions, and maintaining and servicing aircraft engines, airframe components and systems
  • designing aircraft, aircraft components and support equipment
  • evaluating test flights to analyse performance and compliance to specifications and safety standards
  • piloting aircraft and controlling aircraft movements.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


Air Transport Professionals

Air Transport Professionals fly and navigate aircraft, control and direct air traffic to ensure the safe and efficient operation of aircraft in flight and on the ground, and instruct students in flying aircraft.

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers maintain and repair aircraft structures, and avionic and mechanical systems.

Other Engineering Professionals

Other Engineering Professionals include Aeronautical Engineer, Agricultural Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Engineering Technologist, Environmental Engineer and Naval Architect occupations.

Transport and Despatch Clerks

Transport and Despatch Clerks verify and maintain records of incoming and outgoing goods, prepare goods for despatch, arrange clearance and collection of imported cargo from customs and bond stores, and arrange shipment of cargo for export.

University Lecturers and Tutors

University Lecturers and Tutors prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at a university and conduct research in a particular field of knowledge.