Aircraft Maintenance

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Have you ever wondered how aircrafts get off the ground? Do you sometimes think about the technology as well as the nuts and bolts that go into these aircrafts? Do you like fixing things?

If the answer to all these questions is yes, you may be a great fit for a career in aircraft maintenance.

Pathway

There is a myth that aircraft maintenance is a male-dominated industry when in fact there are many women who have taken this career path and finding it very rewarding.

Subject Focus

SPM:

Pass with 3 credits/3Cs including Mathematics and one(1) Science/Technical/Vocational subject AND pass in English.

University:

This course is more practical than theoretical.

The course usually will cover basic aerodynamics, physics, human factor, propellers, engine lubrication, fuel and air system and so forth.

Personality Type

Other than the need to have a hugely inquisitive mind, you will also be required to be:

  • Organized
  • Responsible
  • Observant
  • Good with your hands
  • Physically fit
  • Methodical

These personality type codes serve ONLY as a guideline and can be taken with a pinch of salt. Always consult with your school counsellor or ask our experts for further guidance!

You should also realize that ANY type can be successful in ANY major or career.

Myers-Briggs: ISTJ

Find your Myers-Briggs personality type here.

Holland Vocational Code: RIE

Find where you belong in the RIASEC model here.

Career Info

An aircraft maintenance engineer keeps aircraft in working order through maintenance, repairs and inspections.

Major companies active in Malaysia’s Aviation industry include:

  • Airbus Helicopters Malaysia
  • Sepang Aircraft Engineering
  • ExecuJet Aviation Group
  • Systematic Aviation Services
  • AgustaWestland Malaysia
  • SR Aviation

Work Environment:

Aircraft mechanics usually work in hangars or in other indoor areas. When hangars are full or when repairs must be made quickly, they may work outdoors, sometimes in unpleasant weather.

Salary

Aircraft maintenance engineers in Malaysia make about RM30,000 to RM45,000 a year.

Job Demand

In Malaysia:
Malaysia has become a regional hub for low-cost airline thus students of this programme will have more opportunities to work for airline industries and aircraft services companies. Moreover, the government is promoting a transformation plan that will make Malaysia into a high-income nation.

Overseas:
The global aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) industry is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.4 percent from 2009 to 2019, and is forecast to be worth RM208 billion in 2019.

USEFUL LINKS TO ORGANISATIONS

Handbook of Business Aviation – Malaysia
Aircraft Maintenance Professionals
European Aviation Safety Agency

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