Apprenticeship Program


Qantas Engineering offers a variety of exciting indentured aircraft maintenance and other trade apprenticeships. We'll offer you the opportunity to train and gain experience in a world class organisation and become a qualified and highly trained tradesperson.

We offer a variety of apprenticeships across various maintenance facilities however opportunities differ from year to year and may not be available in all trades or all locations.


Apprenticeships are based at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Airports.

Important Information

It is important to familiarise yourself with our apprenticeships and our recruitment process as you'll only be able to apply for one trade in one location (exceptions may apply from time to time).

Please spend a few minutes to browse our site and educate yourself in order to make the right decision with your application.

Aircraft Trades

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer


Are you someone who enjoys working with electronics, scientifically minded or enjoys creating devices that rely on electronic energy to operate? As an AME Avionics - you will be responsible for the inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance and overhaul of the electronic components of an aircraft. This includes:

  • Electrical Power Systems
  • Aircraft Instrument Systems
  • Autopilot Systems
  • Navigation Systems
  • Communication Systems
  • General Electrical Systems
  • General Indicating Systems
  • Associated Electronic Systems


Perhaps you are someone who is mechanically minded and fascinated by how and why things move. You might enjoy building or restoring mechanical devices or are mathematically minded with an interest in physics. As an AME Mechanical you will be responsible for the inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance and overhaul of the mechanical components of an aircraft. This includes:

  • Aircraft Engine Systems
  • Aircraft Structures
  • Landing Gears, Wheels and Brakes Systems
  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems
  • Flight Control Systems
  • Environment Control Systems


Do you want to be involved in a design and craft role where you are designing and building things from scratch? The Structures trade is highly specialised involving the use of high tech materials and processes. This includes the manufacture, repair and modification of aircraft sheet and metal composites including fibreglass and carbon fibre materials.

Non-Aircraft Trades

We offer some apprenticeships within various non-aircraft trades however opportunities are limited and are not available in all trades and in all locations.

  • Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
  • Spray Painting
  • Sign Writing
  • Auto Electrical
  • Trimmer
  • Fitter and Machining

Qantas has minimum entry level requirements that need to considered before making your application to join the Qantas Engineering Apprenticeship program:

Essential Requirements

You must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident (New Zealand Citizens with a minimum of 6 months residency in Australia may apply for Sydney and Brisbane based Trades only); and
  • Be at least 15 years of age or older at time of employment; and
  • Have completed a minimum of Year 10 or equivalent; and
  • Pass a Federal Police criminal history check; and
  • Pass a pre-employment medical examination.

Note that you can apply for one trade in one location (exceptions may apply from time to time).

Recruitment process

We pride ourselves on conducting a fair, equitable, transparent and accurate recruitment process in order to recruit the best candidates in the market. For us to achieve this, we conduct an extensive and thorough screening and selection process. Below is an outline of what to expect.

Our selection process

  • Behavioural screening assessment (online)
  • Telephone interview
  • Technical competency screening assessment (online)
  • 4hr Assessment Centre
  • Interview
  • Security checks
  • Medical tests, including alcohol & other drug testing
  • Offer

An apprenticeship will offer you the ability to work for a world class organisation while undertaking training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in the Aerospace Industry.

  • Apprentices attend the applicable TAFE College and receive instruction in the theoretical aspects of the trade.
  • TAFE attendance can be either one day per week or in a block release pattern of days or weeks in succession.
  • You are paid whilst attending TAFE.
  • Apprentices are moved through the Engineering business into areas applicable to the relevant trade being undertaken.
  • Apprentices will undertake practical training developing the required practical skills and knowledge required to be granted an industry recognised trade certificate.
  • During the practical training at the workplace you may be required to work shift work.
Career development

Once your comprehensive training and apprenticeship is complete, you'll be exposed to a diverse range of career and development options throughout Qantas Engineering and the greater Qantas Group.

Some areas that may interest you are:

  • Training to become a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME)
  • Furthering your training through the Graduate Trainee Program to become a Professional Engineer
  • Ascending through the ranks to become a Maintenance Supervisor
  • Becoming a part of the Management Team in our Engineering Business
  • Progressing your career throughout the Qantas Group
Benefits of working at Qantas

When you become a part of the Qantas Engineering Apprenticeship Program you'll be entitled to the following benefits:

  • Paid whilst you are undertaking your training
  • 19 Day working month
  • Company uniform and a cleaning allowance
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Paid sick and annual leave
  • Access to Qantas' Superannuation Scheme
  • Access to Apprentice Staff Travel
Applying for an Apprenticeship

Visit our careers page to search for current vacancies. Vacancies are typically posted around September/October each year.