The Virgin Australia Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Program is a unique opportunity to play an integral role in the evolution of Australia’s most loved airline, and to become a part of a dynamic company that genuinely believes and demonstrates that its people are its greatest asset.
A career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer requires a high level of dedication and passion. In return you will be placed in a world class maintenance organisation and will receive the benefits of training in a large Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Part 145 maintenance organisation.
To assist you with the transition to a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, you will be assigned a mentor to provide you with guidance and advice. Your mentor has been selected from our highly experienced & high performing Engineering group.
Once you successfully complete the program, you can look forward to an exciting career as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer with the Virgin Australia team.
We recommend you review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) prior to commencing an application to ensure you understand the requirements of the course and the role.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) opportunities
As an AME Avionics - you will be responsible for the inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance and overhaul of the electronic components of an aircraft.
Electrical power systems
Aircraft instrument systems
Onboard entertainment systems (WiFi)
As an AME Mechanical you will be responsible for the inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance and overhaul of the mechanical components of an aircraft.
Aircraft engine systems
Landing gear, wheels and brakes systems
Flight control systems
Environment control systems
Completion of the theory component of Certificate IV in Aeroskills
Minimum 18 years of age
Australian citizen or permanent resident
Must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency (where English is a second language)
Basic computer skills
Hold a current Australian driver’s license
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Availability to work a 24-hour roster over 7 days, including weekends and weekdays, public holidays and peak holiday periods such as Christmas, New Year and Easter
Ability to successfully obtain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC)
Pass a pre-employment medical examination
A passion for aviation and commitment to the Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship Program
The recruitment process begins with your application, which must be submitted online through the Virgin Australia Careers website. Your online application should provide information about your professional and educational background to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the role. It is also important that you take the time to read the position information carefully to make sure that your experience and skills match the role requirements.
If your application meets the minimum requirements and is short-listed, you will be invited to attend a Recruitment Day at the base you have applied. Further information about the recruitment process will be provided at the Recruitment Day.
Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further information about the recruitment process.
An apprenticeship will offer you the ability to work for an ESA Part 145 organisation while undertaking training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification within the aerospace industry.
You will be supported by an international and nationally recognised training organisation
You will undertake practical training developing the required practical skills and knowledge required to be granted a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Aeroskills
You’ll be rotated through the Engineering department as required for completion of their practical elements
During practical training at the workplace you will be required to work permanent night shift
Pay will be in line with our current EBA.
To apply for the Apprenticeship please visit the Current Opportunities page on the Virgin Australia Careers website. You will need to create a user profile and complete an application form, as well as upload your resume for our Recruitment Team to review.
In the case that there are no current opportunities, we encourage you to check the Virgin Australia Careers website regularly, register for job alerts and follow our company page on LinkedIn for the latest job opportunities and updates.
Please note that only applications received online via our Careers website will be considered.
Frequently Asked Questions
The apprenticeship is expected to begin in the first half of the training year.
Practical Engineering experience is not a requirement; however, you must have completed the theory element of the Certificate IV in Aeroskills.
Unfortunately our Apprenticeship program requires the completion of the Certificate IV theory component. For more information on a Certificate IV in Aeroskills, please click on the Industry Partners tab.
Yes, only applications submitted via our Careers website will be accepted.
The selection process is expected to take 4 weeks from the close of advertising. You will receive notification if you have been short listed to participate in our assessment process within two weeks of the application close date.
Due to the high interest and number of applications we receive, it is not possible to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants throughout our process. We encourage candidates to reflect on their application and review our program requirements.
This is a full-time course only.
No. All Apprentices in the Program will complete the full course of training. Recognition of prior learning may be possible, however it is an expectation that candidates will start the course at the same level.
Apprentices who successfully meet all requirements of the course and meet all the Virgin Australia Behaviour Standards and Terms of Employment will get the opportunity to apply for a permanent position.
You will be based at the port for which you apply and are accepted.
You will be given full details of what you need to bring with you prior to your attendance.
Assessment Days will be held on specific days at each port. If you are unable to attend the Assessment Day at your closest port you may have the opportunity to attend at a different port. This however will be at your own cost and will be subject to Assessment Day availability. If you cannot attend an Assessment Day you will have to withdraw your application and reapply for the following year.
There is no fee associated with submitting an application, however you may be asked to pay for the costs associated with obtaining a Medical and a Pre-employment Drug & Alcohol Screen, this will be discussed with you as required.
If you are invited to attend an Assessment Day, you will be required to make your own arrangements to attend, at your own cost.
We are looking for people who will role model Virgin Australia brand and uniform standards. Therefore, we expect candidates to attend wearing appropriate business attire.
If you have been convicted, found guilty or subject to proceedings for criminal or motor vehicle offences, this may affect your eligibility to be issued with an ASIC. Employment with Virgin Australia will be conditional on being eligible to hold an ASIC and if you fail to be issued with an ASIC or authority to hold an ASIC is withdrawn, withdrawal from the program or termination of your employment may result.
If you have been cautioned, warned or convicted of a criminal offence (this could include traffic or parking offences) we suggest you check whether you will be able to obtain an ASIC by visiting the CASA website.
If you are unsuccessful for this program, however meet all the selection criteria, you are welcome to reapply for future programs. Opportunities to apply for future programs will be advertised on the Virgin Australia Careers website.
The aim of the Program is to commence a long-term career as an Engineer with Virgin Australia. As such, the apprenticeship positions are offered on a permanent basis only. If you are offered and accept a position, you will be employed on a permanent basis under the terms and conditions of the apprenticeship contract.
Please email OperationsRecruitment@virginaustralia.com with any additional queries.
Aviation Australia is an industry Partner with Virgin Australia and offers Certificate IV in Aeroskills training programs. To find out more about course options, click here visit their website.