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Defence Transition – Aircraft Technicians

Are you ready to make the transition from the Australian Defence Force to a civilian role? As an ADF aircraft technician, the great news is that your knowledge, skills and experience are easily transferable to a career as a civilian aircraft maintenance engineer.

For those aircraft technicians that don’t hold Release To Service (RTS) Authority (aircraft to aircrew), you would have completed a Certificate IV in Aeroskills, which is a valid certification outside of the military. If you’re looking to advance these qualifications, please contact Aviation Australia to discuss your options.

If you do hold Release To Service (RTS) Authority (aircraft to aircrew), you will need to convert your qualifications to a CASR Part 66 B1 (Mechanical) or B2 (Avionics) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence. Aviation Australia has approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to provide credit towards these licences.

The CASR 66 licence provides a scope of privileges that can be exercised on Australian-civil registered aircraft. The licence allows you to supervise maintenance tasks, certify any completed maintenance and release aircraft from maintenance.

The process of assessment is conducted through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) pathway.  Aviation Australia can help you successfully complete your RPL and get you started on your new career pathway as an aircraft maintenance engineer.

It’s important to note that each individual’s situation will be different – there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to the defence transition from an aircraft technician to an aircraft maintenance engineer.

How to convert your military qualifications with Aviation Australia:

  1. Contact Aviation Australia
    To start your defence transition process, call Aviation Australia on 07 3860 0900, or fill in an online enquiry form. We can discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have regarding the process.
  2. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
    Our RPL team have a detailed understanding of DASA and CASA regulations, as well as EASA and other international regulations. Upon commencing your transition process, you are required to provide all of your qualifications, maintenance authorisations and experience to a dedicated assessor who will assess the evidence and apply credit for the basic knowledge (regulatory theory examinations), practical competency and currency for the qualification and/or licence you are looking for.
  3. RPL report and gap training:
    Your RPL report will detail any gaps that have been identified in basic knowledge, practical competency or currency. You will be given a list of courses, exams and/or a practical competency trade journal; providing a holistic pathway to follow in order to achieve your desired qualification/licence. Guidance is also given regarding specific aircraft type training, which is often required to make a successful defence transition.