Aircraft maintenance engineer vacancies are limited because most people stay in the role for a long time. However, some vacancies do arise due to retirement or qualified people moving overseas to work.
According to the Census, 3192 aircraft maintenance engineers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Air New Zealand takes up to 20 trainees a year
Air New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest employer of aircraft maintenance engineers. It runs training programmes through the Aviation Institute in Auckland and Christchurch.
The Aviation Institute accepts between 30 and 50 people a year into its engineering training programme. Air New Zealand then accepts up to 20 trainees a year.
The Royal NZ Air Force also offers traineeships for aircraft maintenance engineers.
Types of employers varied
Most aircraft maintenance engineers work for:
- Air New Zealand, its regional airlines, and other airline and helicopter companies
- aircraft maintenance and design firms
- the Royal NZ Air Force
- the Royal NZ Navy (working on helicopters).
Some aircraft maintenance engineers are self-employed.