Commissioner's Information Bulletin 718

Aeroskills - Apprenticeships

Date of effect: 29 October 2021

In this new Commissioner’s Information Bulletin one apprenticeship and two traineeship vocations are repealed as follows:

One apprenticeship vocation is repealed and the associated qualification pathways deleted:

  • Aeroskills – Mechatronics
    • MEA30218 Certificate III in Aeroskills
    • MEA41018 Certificate IV in Aeroskills

Two traineeship vocations are repealed and associated qualification pathways deleted:

  • Aeroskills
    • MEA20418 Certificate II in Aeroskills
  • Aeroskills – Aircraft Surface Finishing
    • MEA20618 Certificate II in Aircraft Surface Finishing

All other Vocational Training Orders remain unchanged.

Additionally, all industrial instruments have been updated in alignment with the review of modern awards.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin supersedes Bulletin 548.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition Arrangements

Industrial arrangements

Part-time apprenticeships

Competency based progression of apprenticeships

Competency based completion

School based apprenticeships

Licensing and regulatory arrangements

Registered training organisations

Funding arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries

To sign up an apprentice or trainee call 1800 020 108. To find a job in an apprenticeship or traineeship search here.

For implementation of new pathways in relation to this training package profile please contact Manufacturing Skills Australia NSW ITAB Leon Drury Mobile: 0414 912 383.

David Collins
The Commissioner for Vocational Training


Job descriptions

Apprenticeships

Jobs at Certificate III level are in aircraft maintenance organisations or specialist aircraft surface finishing organisations. Jobs are to prepare the surfaces of aircraft and aircraft components for the application of surface finishes, apply paint, specialist finishes and decals or stencils. They also apply aircraft registration markings, national markings and organisational logos.
Other tasks may include:

  • performing basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance
  • removing surface coatings from aircraft or aircraft components
  • pre-treating aluminium alloy surfaces
  • sealing aircraft and aircraft component structural seams
  • removing light corrosion
  • preparing spray painting materials and equipment.

Jobs at Certificate IV level are in aircraft surface finishing organisations or the Australian Defence Force. Jobs involve the supervision of aircraft surface finishing activities on State aircraft. This may involve painting, application of specialist finishes, and application of markings, logos and decals.
Other tasks may include:

  • applying quality standards applicable to aviation maintenance processes
  • applying air dry and polyurethane enamel refinishing materials
  • applying occupational health and safety procedures at supervisor level in aviation maintenance
  • removing and installing aircraft hydro-mechanical and landing gear system components
  • supervising maintenance teams and performing maintenance quality inspections.

Jobs at Certificate IV level are in civil aviation maintenance organisations or in the Australian Defence Force. Jobs involve performing scheduled inspections, fault diagnosis and repair and modification of fixed wing aircraft electrical, instrument and radio systems and system components.

Other tasks may include:

  • fabricating and repairing aircraft electrical hardware or parts
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft pulse systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting fixed wing aircraft automatic flight control systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft radio frequency navigation and communications systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft instrument systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft electrical systems and components.

Jobs at Diploma level are for holders of a Civil Aviation Safety Authority B2 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence. Jobs involve supervising, performing and certifying avionic maintenance on fixed wing aircraft that are type-rated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for maintenance purposes.

Other tasks may include:

  • planning and organising aviation maintenance work activities
  • supervising civil aircraft maintenance activities and managing human resources in the workplace
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft electrical systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft instrument systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft radio frequency navigation and communications systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting fixed wing aircraft automatic flight control systems and components
  • testing and troubleshooting aircraft pulse systems and components.

Jobs at Certificate IV level are to inspect and undertake fault diagnosis of airframe and engine systems, components and accessories on aircraft. Components may include landing gears, wheels and brakes, pressurisation, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, flight control systems, environmental control systems, fire detection and preventions systems, undercarriage and ice and rain protection systems.

Other tasks may include:

  • interpreting and using industry manuals and specifications
  • planning and organising work activities
  • fabricating and repairing aircraft mechanical components or parts
  • repairing and overhauling aircraft hydro-mechanical systems and components
  • repairing and overhauling gas turbine engine components and modules.

Jobs at Diploma level are for holders of a Civil Aviation Safety Authority B1.1 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence. Jobs involve supervising, performing and certifying avionic maintenance on fixed wing jet aircraft that are type-rated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for maintenance purposes.

Other tasks may include:

  • supervising civil aircraft maintenance activities and managing human resources in the workplace
  • planning and implementing civil aircraft maintenance activities
  • inspecting, testing and troubleshooting pressurisation control systems and components
  • maintaining and repairing aircraft mechanical components or parts
  • testing and troubleshooting gas turbine engine systems and components
  • performing advanced troubleshooting in aircraft mechanical maintenance
  • inspecting, repairing and maintaining aircraft structures.

Jobs in Aeroskills - Structures are in aviation maintenance organisations or the Australian Defence Force. The work involves repairing and modifying aircraft structures.

Other tasks may include:

  • removing and installing aircraft hydro-mechanical and landing gear system components
  • removing and installing aircraft pneumatic system components
  • removing and installing pressurised aircraft structural and non-structural components
  • removing and installing aircraft fixed wing flight control system components
  • disassembling and reassembling aircraft structure for major repair or modification
  • repairing and modifying aircraft composite material structure/components.

Competency based Progression

Apprenticeships with a full-time nominal term of 12 months or part-time nominal term of 18 months - reduced from full-time nominal terms of 48 months and 60 months where the apprentice holds the lower level qualification specified in the VTO.
The rate of progress will be determined as follows.

Stage of apprenticeship Entry, progression and exit requirements
  Apprentices enter Stage 3

Progression to Stage 4

Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices

and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Note: The nominal term may be extended by up to 12 months in Stage 4 in the apprenticeship where required to complete the competencies.

Exit

  • Upon attainment of 100% of the units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan.
  • On successful completion of the qualification, the parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships with a full-time nominal term of 36 months or part-time nominal term of 54 months - reduced from full-time nominal term of 48 months where the apprentice holds the lower level qualification specified in the VTO.
The rate of progress will be determined as follows.

Stage of apprenticeship Entry, progression and exit requirements
  Apprentices enter Stage 2

Progression to Stage 3

Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 3:

  • On attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices

and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Progression to Stage 4

Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices

and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3(whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Note: The nominal term may be extended by up to 12 months in Stage 4 in the apprenticeship where required to compete the competencies.

Exit

  • Upon attainment of 100% of the units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan.
  • On successful completion of the qualification, the parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship.

For apprenticeships with a full-time nominal term of 48 months or part-time nominal term of 72 months - direct entry.
The rate of progress will be determined as follows.

Stage of apprenticeship Entry, progression and exit requirements
Stage 1 Nil entry requirements

Progression to Stage 2

Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 2:

  • on attainment of 25% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices

and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 1 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Progression to Stage 3

Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 3:

  • On attainment of 50% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices

and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 2 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Progression to Stage 4

Full-time and part-time apprentices progress to Stage 4:

  • on attainment of 75% of the total units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan

or

  • 12 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - full-time apprentices

and

  • 18 months after commencing Stage 3 (whichever is earlier) - part-time apprentices

Note: The nominal term may be extended by up to 12 months in Stage 4 in the apprenticeship where required to complete the competencies.

Exit

  • Upon attainment of 100% of the units of competency for the relevant qualification as specified in the training plan.
  • On successful completion of the qualification, the parties may apply to the Commissioner for Vocational Training for completion of the apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships

Aeroskills - Aircraft Surface Finishing - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 27 July 2012
Updated 2 November 2018
Qualifications
Terms of apprenticeships

Full-time:

  • MEA30118 Certificate III in Aircraft Surface Finishing
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MEA40918 Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface Finishing
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved where the apprentice holds MEA30118 Certificate III in Aircraft Surface Finishing

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships

Probationary periods

Where the nominal term is:

  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Aeroskills - Avionics - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 27 July 2012
Updated 2 November 2018
Qualifications
Terms of apprenticeships

Full-time:

  • MEA40618 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MEA50118 Diploma of Aeroskills (Avionics)
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved where the apprentice holds MEA40618 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships

School based

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods Where the nominal term is:
  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Aeroskills - Mechanical - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 27 July 2012
Updated 2 September 2021
Qualifications
Terms of apprenticeships

Full-time:

  • MEA40718 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • MEA50219 Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved where the apprentice holds MEA40718 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships

School based

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods Where the nominal term is:
  • up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • greater than 24 months - 3 months

Aeroskills - Structures - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 27 July 2012
Updated 2 November 2018
Qualification
Terms of apprenticeship

Full-time:

  • MEA41318 Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Structures)
    • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved

Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships

School based

The term for a school based apprenticeship will be the school based component plus 36 months full-time post-school, or until the relevant competencies are achieved. The school based component will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During the school based component of the apprenticeship the school-based apprentice must undertake a minimum of 100 days of on-the-job training.

Probationary periods 3 months
Page last updated: 29 October 2021