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Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) Make IT - Qualifications

Occupation Description

Licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME) work at a more senior level of aircraft engineering maintenance. Under new CASA arrangements, LAMEs will hold licences - maintenance authorities at B1 or B2 level in either Mechanical or Avionics (which can be achieved by completing a Diploma of Aeroskills ).

Although the majority of aircraft engineering maintenance might be carried out by aviation maintenance workers and aircraft maintenance engineers, it is the LAME who is responsible for ‘signing off' on all aircraft maintenance, routine or emergency, as airworthy.

Licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME) can specialise in either Avionics or Mechanical technical areas.

Note also that access to the CASA ‘A' licence - maintenance authority is available separately through the Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance.

More Information

This information as it relates to CASA licensing is intended to give a brief explanation and is not intended to be complete and comprehensive. Full details may be obtained from CASA at www.casa.gov.au or on telephone 131757. It is recommended that you confirm all details regarding licensing, and supporting qualifications and training with CASA to confirm eligibility or prior to commencement of any training pathway where licensing is sought.

Personal Requirements

You should

  • enjoy technical and engineering activities
  • be able to take on responsibility
  • be accountable
  • possess good communication skills
  • be able to lead a team
  • be medically fit
  • have good, and correct colour, vision (colour blindness may make people unsuitable for some aircraft trades)
  • have good hearing
  • have good hand-eye coordination
  • be able to concentrate (this work is responsible for public safety)
  • be neat and accurate in work
  • be able to work in confined spaces and at heights on platforms around aircraft
  • Environment

    Licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME) usually work inside and around actual aircraft. Their work may take place on flight lines, inside large aircraft hangars and in workshops. Some of their work may also take place in an office environment. Licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME) may be employed by general aviation maintenance companies, and domestic and international airlines,


    To become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) you can complete a Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical or Avionics) which provides a qualification pathway to a new CASA B Licence (B1 or B2) or to an equivalent interim maintenance authority. .

    Note that the Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance provides a qualification pathway to the new CASA A Licence or to an equivalent interim maintenance authority.

    Of course, with further training and experience you might work in occupations such as Aircraft Maintenance Manager (Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Engineering), Aerospace Engineer (Degree) or Aeronautical Engineer (Degree) and you can continue to progress along a career pathway that could see you in many senior management positions.

    Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance
    Diploma of Aeroskills

    Earnings, Job and Employment Prospects

    For detailed information about earnings, job and employment prospects for this occupation, go to the Australian JobSearch Careers page and click on Job Outlook .

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