Applications open for Airservices technical traineeship program

Airservices is offering people interested in aviation technology an opportunity to join its unique technical trainee program.
They will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge equipment and systems as the nations air navigation service provider rolls out a $900m, five year capital expenditure program.

Trainees will complete a two-year Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering at TAFE NSWs Riverina Institute, leading to careers as technical officers with Airservices.
Airservices General Manager, People and Change, Caroline Fleming, said that the ongoing success of the program was the result of a strong partnership between TAFE NSW, the Regional Development Board and the Wagga Wagga City Council.

Trainees learn about communications, surveillance, navigation aids and data systems and how to maintain safety-critical aviation equipment, Ms Fleming said.

Through field visits, they also gain practical experience working on Airservices equipment including instrument landing systems, radars and other air navigation aids.

The course, which will enter its third year in 2011, was designed by specialist Riverina Institute trainers in conjunction with Airservices staff. It is supported by a trade-specific curriculum and training facility.

This is an ideal opportunity for young people and those with an interest in combining theoretical and practical learning to gain an industry-recognised qualification while learning skills which will be needed to ensure the future of Australias robust air navigation system, Ms Fleming said.

It also reflects our commitment to offer regional training opportunities. In 2010, our trainees came from regional and metropolitan areas in every state and territory except Tasmania.
The first intake of trainees from the 2009 program will graduate later this year and take up ongoing positions with Airservices.

Up to 15 positions will be offered this year, with training to begin in early 2011. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have completed Year 12 (or be in their final year). For further information on Airservices technical trainee program, visit
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