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WorldSkills Aircraft Maintenance

Skill explained

Aircraft maintenance technicians inspect, maintain and repair the various electrical/electronic, mechanical, fluid and structural components of airplanes and helicopters.

Aircraft maintenance technicians are employed by aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments, and by airlines, the armed forces and various other aircraft operators such as; commuter, firefighting, air ambulance, police etc.

What the competitors do at the competition

  • Assembly – sheet metal repair as per supplied drawing
  • Rigging – use of supplied module
  • Daily Inspection – visual Inspection of an Helicopter prior to flight
  • Removal and installation – component in simulator
  • Blending of a Compressor Blade
  • Gas Turbine Hot Section inspection using a boroscope
  • Fabricate wire loom and troubleshoot an electrical wiring defect. 

WorldSkills AM 2

RNZAF Aircraft Engineer Mike West competing at WorldSkills International, Germany, 2013

2014 Competitors

  • Nicole Brian - Air New Zealand Technical Operations, Christchurch
  • Liam Riley - RNZAF, Auckland
  • Christopher Robertson - RNZAF, Ohakea
  • Kinsley Lewis - RNZAF, Ohakea

2014 Judging Team

  • Michael Naus - Skill expert and judge, NZDF
  • John Cook - Deputy skill expert and judge, JC Aero Ltd
  • Mike West - Judge, RNZAF
  • Mark Snalam - Judge, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology