|Careers in Aviation|
Aviation plays a vital role in Western Australia’s economy with considerable growth in international, intrastate and interstate travel. There are more than 50,000 Australians directly employed in the industry and as such there are many diverse aviation careers available ranging from flight operations (pilots and aircraft management) to ground operations (ramp and passenger services) which can also lead to rewarding careers in air traffic management.
The increase of fly-in-fly out work opportunities together with growth in general travel continue to support the need for skilled people to fill positions with commercial operators and airports across Western Australia.
Some people may think that mathematics and physics are key elements in some areas of aviation, but this is not necessarily the case. There are many attributes that complement the knowledge base of people working in this industry – from teamwork, flexibility and commitment to competency and remaining up-to-date with regulations and industry-related developments.
The list below contains some of the possible positions that can be held in the Aviation industry. Following the links will provide more information on the positions, the associated qualifications and job vacancies in WA. While airlines do advertise on websites like SEEK, they also have their own online recruitment facilities such as Qantas Careers, Jetstar Recruitment and Virgin Australia Careers.
* Please note that this list is a guide and titles and qualifications can vary.
|Job Title||Qualification||Job Vacancies|
|Aero Engineer||Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering||Aero Engineer|
|Aircraft Maintenance Engineers||Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)||Aircraft Maintenance Engineers|
|Air Traffic Controller||Diploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control)||Air Traffic Controller|
|Aircraft Refueller||Certificate II in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Aircraft Refueller|
|Airport Manager||Diploma of Airport Management||Airport Manager|
|Airport Operations Supervisor||Diploma of Logistics||Airport Operations Supervisor|
|Airport Reporting Officer||Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Airport Reporting Officer|
|Aviation Inspector||Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Aviation) an advantage||Aviation Inspector|
|Baggage Handler||Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Baggage Handler|
|Cabin Crew||Certificate IV in Aviation (Leadership and Supervision)||Cabin Crew|
|Check In Agent||Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Check In Agent|
|Commercial Pilot||Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence)||Commercial Pilot|
|Customer Service Officer||Certificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Customer Service Officer|
|Documentation Clerk||Certificate IV in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Documentation Clerk|
|Duty Manager||Diploma of Logistics or Degree||Duty Manager|
|Flying Instructor (Aeroplane/Helicopter)||Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)|
Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instruction)
|Flying Instructor (Aeroplane/Helicopter)|
|Helicopter Pilot||Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence)||Helicopter Pilot|
|Load Control Officer||Certificate III or IV in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Load Control Officer|
|Operations Manager||Diploma of Logistics or Degree||Operations Manager|
|Flight Operations Officer||Diploma of Logistics or Degree||Flight Operations Officer|
|Terminal Operator||Certificate II in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)||Terminal Operator|
|Security Screening Officer||Security Officer Licence/Certificate II in Security Operations||Security Screening Officer|
Training is primarily delivered to meet regulatory requirements. The bulk of training is delivered on the east coast; however commercial pilots are trained in WA. Public funding is available for the theory component of the Commercial and Air Transport Pilot’s Licence. The student funds practical training.
Statistics indicate that approximately 37% of workers in this sector in WA have no post school qualifications. In comparison to other sectors, this figure is relatively low. 26% have attained qualifications at Certificate level, 18% at Diploma and 16% at tertiary level.