The aerospace subsector involves transportation of passengers or goods in the air; use of equipment such as aircraft, helicopters and space vehicles such rockets, space ships and drones; provision and management of airport, heliports and air space services; and other support services such as the manufacture, maintenance and repair of air transport related equipment.
The biggest employer companies are state-owned enterprises such as South African Airways (SAA) with its subsidiaries (SAA Technical, SA Air link, Mango, SA Express), South African Air-force and Denel.
Other government entities you can approach for opportunities are:
- South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)
- Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS)
- Airports Company of South Africa
- South African Air Force (SAAF)
- South African Police Air Wing
Areas you can specialise in include:
- Aircraft assembler – develops and designs all aircraft/air vehicles.
- Aircraft electrician – maintains, inspects, repairs, overhaul and test aircraft electrical components.
- Aircraft electroplater (712201) – works with electrochemical processes to plat aircraft parts for reconstruction or to prevent corrosion.
- Aircraft instrument mechanic (672101) – installs, repairs and tests navigation and flying equipment
- Aircraft mechanic (653201) – responsible for the maintenance of aircraft components like engine, fuel systems, hydraulic and pneumatic components, landing gears, brakes, pumps, and many more.
- Aircraft painter (643202) – responsible for the protective and decorative finishing of the aircraft body, its engine and components.
- Aircraft radartrician (672104) – maintains all communication equipment of the aircraft.
- Aircraft structures (653202) – responsible for the manufacture, maintenance, repair and modification of air craft structures and components
- Aircraft trimmer (653202) – responsible for the manufacture, maintenance, repair and modification of interior components like survival equipment, seat covers, fabric panels, insulation, carpets and curtains.
- Aircraft welder (651202) – repairs aircraft components by welding processes and using advanced technologies.
- Aviation turner and machinist (652301) – modification, repairs and manufacture of air craft parts.
- Composite structures (653202) – manufacture, maintenance and repair plastic, fibreglass and honeycomb structure components.
- Electro-mechanic (672106) – maintains teletype equipment, landing lights, beacons, and stand-by generators.
- Electronic maintenance (672106) – maintains navigation aids and communication equipment like radar and radio beacons.
- Fitter and turner (652302) – manufactures parts and aircraft components.
- Flight-line mechanic – prepares an airplane for a test flight after final assembly.