Airman - Engineering & Technical Trades » Overview
Awesome tasks like building, operating & maintaining some of the advanced weapon & machinery..
Aeronautical Metal Worker
This career is ideal if you like getting your hands dirty as well as using your head to solve technical problems. As a vital part of our ground crew, you’ll be trained to manufacture and repair a variety of equipment, using various metals and alloys.
As an Aeronautical Metal Worker you’ll be a member of the ground crew, jointly responsible for all aspects of maintenance required to support Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft operations, both in New Zealand and overseas. The aeronautical metal worker trade covers two separate specialisations: aeronautical metal work and general engineering.
Do you think you could strip down an aircraft and rebuild it? With this job you’ll find out how – servicing, overhauling and maintaining all our aircraft systems and components.
As an Aircraft Technician you’ll be a member of the ground crew, jointly responsible for maintaining all aircraft mechanical systems used on the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft. These systems include aircraft structures, flight controls, engines, propellers, helicopter rotors, hydraulics, pneumatics, landing gear and fuel. Your duties will range from day-to-day servicing of aircraft on the flight line to scheduled maintenance to maintaining the aircraft as it travels overseas.
Airborne ordnance and Armament equipment are the materials that convert aircraft from work vehicles into combat weapons. Being an Armament Technician in the Air Force is demanding and carries great responsibility. This varied role includes being responsible for maintaining aircraft armament systems, military fire arms, explosives demolition, countermeasures, guided missiles and general munitions support for our fleet of aircraft.
This is a role that provides a diverse work environment from working within a component servicing bay to the set-up and control of an air weapons range.
Electronics Technician (aviation)^
As an Electronics Technician (Aviation) (known as an Avionics Technician in the RNZAF) you will have the opportunity to work with modern avionics systems fitted to the Air Force’s aircraft. It will be your job to carry out all aspects of equipment installation, testing, trouble shooting, maintenance and repair, whether its to find a system fault on an aircraft deployed overseas, or within a piece of equipment in one of our maintenance facilities here in New Zealand.
Good with your hands and like the idea of thinking through and fixing a problem? This could be just the career for you. As an Aeronautical Composites Technician, you’ll be responsible for the manufacture and repair of all kinds of aircraft and support equipment.
As an Aeronautical Composites Technician, you’ll be a member of the ground crew responsible for all aspects of maintenance required to support RNZAF aircraft operations. You’ll be specifically responsible for the manufacture and repair of aircraft and aircraft support equipment, and composite and metal-bonded components. When you reach technician level, you’ll be responsible for the programming and operation of computer controlled heat process ovens and portable hot bonding controllers.
As a GSE Technician you’ll be a member of the ground crew, jointly responsible for maintaining the ground-based mechanical equipment required to support RNZAF aircraft operations. Your duties will include the routine maintenance of a range of motor vehicles. In addition you’ll repair and maintain refuelling equipment, ground power units, hydraulic rigs, hoists and other small engine equipment.
As an Air Force Machinist you’ll be a member of the ground crew, jointly responsible for all aspects of maintenance required to support RNZAF aircraft operations. Your duties will range from the manufacture and repair of aeronautical and non-aeronautical components to camp maintenance when the RNZAF deploys in New Zealand or abroad.
As your career progresses, you’ll be given greater responsibilities in maintaining aircraft and associated equipment. Senior Machinists are required to perform military command and leadership duties as team leaders. You may also be appointed as an instructor.
Safety & Surface Technician^
As a Safety & Surface Technician, you’ll be a member of the ground crew, jointly responsible for all aspects of maintenance required to support RNZAF aircraft operations at home base, or deployed within New Zealand and overseas.
Safety & Surface Technicians are involved in several separate areas: they service, maintain and repair the RNZAF’s aeronautical fabric components, safety and survival equipment, all NZDF personnel and cargo parachute assemblies and associated equipment; they apply, maintain and repair the painted surfaces and markings of its aircraft and components. You will have the opportunity to work in all of these roles as your career progresses.
^NZDF typically require a number of quality applicants for this trade on a regular basis.