Job outlook Aircraft Rotary Mechanical Systems Technician in Ontario

Job opportunities for Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as an aircraft rotary mechanical systems technician.

Job opportunities in Ontario

aircraft rotary mechanical systems technician
Outlook over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors (NOC 7315) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Employment of aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors has been relatively stable in Ontario over the last few years. Demand for workers in this occupation is sensitive to economic conditions in the air transportation industry. Key employers include scheduled air transportation, support activities for air transportation, and aerospace product and parts manufacturers. A smaller number also work with the federal government, mainly in defence services.

The commercial aerospace industry should remain relatively steady over the next few years as the volume of airline traffic rises in the province and around the globe. Greater travel demands may lead to opportunities as local airports expand and increase capacity, which will require more services from these workers. The demand for aerospace products and parts should be rather stable as well over the next few years. Some of this demand will come from the build-up of orders in aerospace production, which is partly because of older aircraft fleets. This may create some new opportunities for these workers as plants push to meet deadlines. Meanwhile, the need for workers in defence services will largely depend on military spending by the federal government. However, aerospace manufacturing job prospects have been reduced recently in the Toronto Area. Recent investments in fleet expansions and a boost in military spending should maintain the demand for these mechanics and inspectors.

'Composite structures technicians' is the skilled trade associated with this occupation in Ontario. Although certification is voluntary, completion of an apprenticeship or a related college program is often needed. Most employers also require that aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors have an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) licence prior to employment. Candidates with at least five years' experience are expected to fare better in the job market. Mechanics and inspectors may have to work flexible hours, including being on call for emergency repairs. Employers may prefer mechanics that have experience with specific aircraft models, and software maintenance programs such as TRAX.

Among the new entrants to this profession are the steady number of graduates from the Ontario Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance program. Qualified mechanics with several years of experience can move into inspector roles.

Here are some key facts about Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 3,650 people work in this occupation.
  • Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Air transportation (NAICS 481): 27%
    • Other transportation and warehousing (NAICS 482-483, 486, 487, 493): 26%
    • Other transportation equipment manufacturing: 24%
    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 9%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 76% of aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors work all year, while 24% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 38 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location Job outlook
Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region Good
Kingston–Pembroke Region Fair
Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region Fair
London Region Fair
Muskoka–Kawarthas Region Good
Northeast Region Good
Northwest Region Good
Ottawa Region Fair
Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region Undetermined
Toronto Region Good
Windsor-Sarnia Region Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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