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.

Critical Skills Shortage Occupations

  • Aeroplane pilot
  • Air traffic controller
  • Flying instructor
  • Helicopter pilot

Positions, training and available jobs

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.

Aviation Occupations
Job TitleQualificationJob Vacancies
Aero EngineerBachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical EngineeringAero Engineer
Aircraft Maintenance EngineersCertificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
Air Traffic ControllerDiploma of Aviation (Air Traffic Control)Air Traffic Controller
Aircraft RefuellerCertificate II in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Aircraft Refueller
Airport ManagerDiploma of Airport ManagementAirport Manager
Airport Operations SupervisorDiploma of LogisticsAirport Operations Supervisor
Airport Reporting OfficerCertificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Airport Reporting Officer
Aviation InspectorBachelor of Applied Science (Civil Aviation) an advantageAviation Inspector
Baggage HandlerCertificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Baggage Handler
Cabin CrewCertificate IV in Aviation (Leadership and Supervision)Cabin Crew
Check In AgentCertificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Check In Agent
Commercial Pilot Certificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Aeroplane Licence)Commercial Pilot
Customer Service OfficerCertificate III in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Customer Service Officer
Documentation ClerkCertificate IV in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Documentation Clerk
Duty ManagerDiploma of Logistics or DegreeDuty Manager
Flying Instructor (Aeroplane/Helicopter)Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instructor)
Advanced Diploma of Aviation (Flight Instruction)
Flying Instructor (Aeroplane/Helicopter)
Helicopter PilotCertificate IV in Aviation (Commercial Pilot Helicopter Licence)Helicopter Pilot
Load Control OfficerCertificate III or IV in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Load Control Officer
Operations ManagerDiploma of Logistics or DegreeOperations Manager
Flight Operations OfficerDiploma of Logistics or DegreeFlight Operations Officer
Terminal OperatorCertificate II in Aviation (Ground Operations and Service)Terminal Operator
Security Screening OfficerSecurity Officer Licence/Certificate II in Security OperationsSecurity Screening Officer

Qualification Profile of Workforce

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.

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