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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.

This includes:

  • Electrical power systems
  • Aircraft instrument systems
  • Autopilot systems
  • Navigation systems
  • Communication 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.

This includes:

  • Aircraft engine systems
  • Aircraft structures
  • Landing gear, wheels and brakes systems
  • Hydraulic/pneumatic 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


Industry partners

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.