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AVIATION CAREER PATHWAYS

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Aircraft Pilot

Flies aircraft to transport passengers, mail and freight or provide agricultural, aviation and aerial surveillance services.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is commensurate with an AQF Diploma or higher qualification and a prescribed minimum amount of flying experience in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • Prepares and submits flight plans giving consideration to factors such as weather conditions and aircraft performance
  • Flies aircraft in accordance with established air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures
  • Examines flight plans noting the availability of navigational aids and other operational facilities
  • Examines number of passengers and quantity of freight to be moved, location of pick-up and destinations, assesses fuel requirements, and arranges supply
  • Examines maintenance releases and conducts inspections to ensure aircraft are mechanically sound, maintenance has been performed and that all equipment is operational
  • Sign necessary certificates and maintains official records of flight
  • Briefs crew on flight details and coordinated crew activities
  • Monitors information from instruments and other sources to keep aircraft on track and flying safely
  • Obtains briefings and clearances before flights and maintains contact with air traffic or flight controller during flights

Specialisations:
Helicopter Pilot

Air Traffic Controller

Ensures the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in controlled airspaces and aerodromes by directing aircraft movement.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is completion of a training course commensurate with an AQF Diploma and relevant experience in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • Oversees the preparation and processing of aeronautical information necessary for the safety, regulation and efficiency of air navigation
  • Provides flight information for flight crews and aircraft traffic services staff, such as wind direction and strength, details of cloud cover and temperature and altimeter settings
  • Checks flight plans, position reports, flight levels, estimated arrival times at reporting points or destinations and authorities changes of flight levels and altitudes
  • Controls aircraft movements in the air using radar or non-radar procedures and directing aircraft by radio
  • Controls aircraft movements on aerodromes by issuing runway clearances and directing taxiing, take offs and landings
  • Controls the operation of airport lighting systems such as runway and approach lights and aerodrome beacons
  • Communicates with other air traffic control units to coordinate activities
  • Alerts airport fire crew and emergency or search and rescue services when aircraft are in difficulty
  • Organises search and rescue assistance to aircraft in distress
  • May instruct air traffic control trainees and train licensed controllers upgrading their ratings

Flight Service Officer

Airways Data Systems Officer
Provides advice and information requires for the safe and efficient control of aircraft flying within assigned airspace

Skill Level:
The entry requirements for this occupation is commensurate with an AQF Diploma or high qualification and relevant experience in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • Provides pre-flight briefings and aeronautical information services to pilots
  • Accepts and distributes flight plans
  • Advises on the operational status of facilities such as aerodromes, navigational aids and communication and changes in weather conditions
  • Monitors the progress of flights
  • Initiates search and rescue action in the event of emergencies or if aircraft are overdue
  • Operates communication and other facilities such as radio, radio navigational aids, airport and runway lights and telecommunication.

Flight Engineer

Liaises with Aircraft Pilots and engineering maintenance staff to advises on operational engineering matters

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is commensurate with an AQF Diploma or higher qualification and relevant experience in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • Inspects aircraft documents regarding operational status of aircraft
  • Completes cockpit preparations and external inspections to determine whether aircraft are acceptable for flight
  • Operates aircraft engines and systems in accordance with flight manuals , managers fuel-feed systems and computes fuel consumption and jettison
  • Monitors aircraft mechanical performance and reports on mechanical condition
  • Monitors communications to maintain awareness of altimetry and aircraft flight paths
  • Maintains flight logs concerning operational data, periodical instruments readings and flight path comparisons
  • Reads normal and emergency checklists and alternative procedures when required
  • Initiates emergency procedures for aircraft engines systems in coordination with pilots or under captains' instructions
  • May service aircraft and certify airworthiness if appropriately licensed, where ground staff are not available

Flying Instructor

Ground School Instructor
Teaches the theory and practical skills of flying aircraft

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is commensurate with an AQF Diploma or higher qualification and relevant experience in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • Develops course outlines, lesson plans and resource materials
  • Lectures, demonstrates and provides practical exercises for students
  • Instructs in the operation of communications, navigational and meteorological equipment
  • Teaches use of aircraft controls and instruments
  • Teaches operational considerations such as airframe
  • Construction characteristics and engine performance
  • Demonstrates the use of safety equipment and pre-flight inspection of aircraft
  • Gives in-flight instructions, supervises solo flight, accompanies students on training flights and demonstrates techniques for controlling aircraft during taxiing, take off, turns and landings
  • Tests students' proficiency using written, theoretical, practical and verbal examination techniques
  • Makes recommendations for examining and licensing at end of training
  • May give post-licensing rating and endorsement training to student and qualified pilots

Specialisations:
Helicopter Pilot instructor
Gliding Pilot Instructor

Air Transport Professional

This occupation group covers Air Transport Professionals not elsewhere classified

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for these occupations in commensurate with an AQF Diploma or higher education and relevant experience in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing ris required.

Occupations In This Group Include:

  • Airborne Electronics Analyst
  • Aircraft navigator
  • Air Defence Officer
  • Air Observer (rescue)
  • Airworthiness Surveyor
  • Flight Engineer Inspector

Flight Service Director

Aircraft Purser
Supervises and coordinates the activities of flight attendants providing services for the safety and comfort of aircraft passengers.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation in an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • Manages the provision of services to passengers during the aircraft flight
  • Manages safety and emergency procedures
  • Makes public announcements
  • Coordinates the sale of goods to passengers and completion of any customs and immigration documentation which may be required
  • Provides additional information to passengers such as ground transport arrangements and special
  • handling procedures
  • Trains or arranges training of team members in work methods and procedures, new procedures and new technology.

Travel Attendants

This occupation group covers Travel Attendants not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation in an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Occupations In This Group Include:

  • Cabin Steward
  • Marine Steward
  • Railway Sleeping Car Conductor
  • Railway Steward
  • Ships Cabin Attendant

Flight Attendant

Provides service for the safety and comfort of aircraft passengers.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation in an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • Conducts pre-flight cabin safety checks
  • Tidies aircraft cabins, receives and stows food, equipment and cabin baggage
  • Conducts demonstrations of aircraft safety equipment and procedures, carries out emergency procedures, assists and directs passengers in emergencies
  • Directs passengers to seats and assists with their hand luggage
  • Assists any passengers with special needs and provides first aid treatment
  • Ensures safety belt and smoking regulations are adhered to
  • Distributes reading material, pillow blankets and othe amenities for the comfort of passengers
  • Order in-flight stores
  • Operates galleys. Preparing and heating food for passengers
  • Serves refreshments and meals

Specialisations:
Cabin Supervisor (Aircraft)

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