Offering Info

Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Structures)

  • National Course Code: MEA41318
  • TAFE NSW code: MEA41318-01V01-21TAM-010

Location – Tamworth

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

6.7 Hours per week


3 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

This qualification applies to employees of Civil Aviation Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) or to members of the Australian defence Force (ADF) who are engaged in the repair and modification of aircraft structures. The qualification defines the exit from apprenticeship and may apply to work performed in hangars on the structure of complete aircraft and to work performed in workshops on structural components.

The training pathways provide for work on both metal and composite structures. In some cases, primarily in the General Aviation sector, individuals may be also required to work on aircraft with wooden structures and/or fabric coverings. The applicable competencies are covered in the units MEA357 Inspect, test and repair aircraft fabric surfaces, MEA358 Re-cover aircraft fabric surfaces and MEA359 Inspect and repair aircraft wooden structures.

The qualification consists of:
common and imported units that apply to all Aeroskills specialist streams at AQF Certificate III and IV levels
mandatory structures technical stream units
elective mechanical technical stream units that provide a degree of multi-skilling where needed to meet workplace requirements
elective structures technical stream and imported units required to meet workplace needs.

The qualification also provides credits towards the MEA50418 Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical) and the MEA60218 Advanced Diploma of Aviation Maintenance Management (Mechanical). A limited number of credits are also provided towards the MEA50218 Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical).

This qualification applies to workplaces that operate under the airworthiness regulatory systems of the ADF and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Any regulatory/licensing requirements associated with any MEA units of competency must be met.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

TAFE NSW offers the Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Structures) as either an apprenticeship or non-apprenticeship, so you can create the career you want.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the aeroskills industry evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your training plan proposal (TPP) with your application


To be eligible for a subsidised place in this course as a non-apprentice, you must:

  • Secure work experience (details below) to meet the on-the-job component of your training


Work experience provides you with exposure to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.

Work experience is not mandatory for this qualification; however, this is a highly practical course.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course you will need your own stationery, calculuator, PPE including safety boots, cotton drill work wear, safety glasses, earmuffs, masks and hard hat.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a part time day, blended course. You will need to attend approximately 26 hours of class, as 5 day blocks, for 36 blocks over 3 years. As well as the in class component, you will need to complete approximately 0.5 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 2.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including LIEA/journal.


This course offering is designed for people who are apprentices only. The learners are employed by Civil Aviation Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) or members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) who perform scheduled inspections, fault diagnosis and repair, and modification of airframes and airframe mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and components, and of aircraft engines and (where applicable) propellers including Jetstar, Qantas, BAE, CORPORATE AIR, Sigma Aerospace, Pay's Air Service Pty Ltd, Forest Air Helicopters, Superair Services Pty Ltd and Safran Helicopter Engines Australia Pty Ltd.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled as 5 day blocks, for 36 blocks over 3 years. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in the course.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

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Core Units
Number Title
MEA107 Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
MEA118 Conduct self in the aviation maintenance environment
MEA154 Apply work health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
MEA155 Plan and organise aviation maintenance work activities
MEA156 Apply quality standards during aviation maintenance activities
MEA157 Complete aviation maintenance industry documentation
MEA158 Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance
MEA327 Fabricate and/or repair aircraft mechanical components or parts
MEA401 Inspect aircraft structures
MEA420 Fabricate basic structural components for aircraft
MEA421 Fabricate advanced structural components for aircraft
MEA422 Repair/modify aircraft metal structure
MEA423 Aircraft structure major disassembly and reassembly
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
Elective Units
Number Title
MEA303 Remove and install aircraft pneumatic system components
MEA304 Remove and install non-pressurised aircraft structural and non-structural components
MEA305 Remove and install aircraft fixed wing flight control system components
MEA308 Remove and install rotary wing rotor and flight control system components
MEA317 Remove and install pressurised aircraft structural and non-structural components
MEA367 Repair/modify aircraft composite structure using cold bonding
MEA398 Remove and install aircraft hydro-mechanical and landing gear system components
MEA405 Repair/modify aircraft composite material structure/components
MEA410 Maintain aircraft structure/components
MEA411 Remove surface coatings from aircraft or aircraft components
MEA425 Perform bolted composite skin repairs
MEM06003C Carry out heat treatment

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone 131 601

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