Mechanical technicians install machinery, parts and equipment onto aircraft and spacecraft.
Spacecraft consist of many parts and systems that all need maintenance to keep them in optimal working order. Mechanical technicians are responsible for checking the quality of the parts and systems and ensuring they are correctly assembled. Accuracy and attention to detail are of critical importance. Safety and cost are both major considerations in space missions.
Mechanical technicians will inspect spacecraft, diagnose faults and perform any necessary repairs. Preventative maintenance, such as upgrading parts and systems, is also part of the role. Mechanical technicians must be proficient in using power tools and other equipment to a high standard of work.
Mechanical technicians are sometimes called equipment maintenance technicians or simply maintenance technicians. Specialisations within the role include integration technician, vehicle and payload technician, and metrology technician.
Integration technicians make sure all of the systems in a spacecraft are working together. They need an understanding of avionic systems in addition to mechanical skills. Vehicle and payload technicians (also called launch technicians) check the installation of the payloads, ensuring that they will deploy from the rockets as planned. Metrology technicians calibrate measurements tools to make sure they record accurate readings.
The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming a mechanical technician:
- Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade (MEM30205)
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills – Mechanical (MEA40718)
- Certificate IV in Aeroskills – Structures (MEA41318)
- Diploma of Aircraft Maintenance Engineering – Mechanical (TB1) (10599NAT)
- Diploma of Engineering – Advanced Trade (MEM50105)