Certificate III in Aircraft Surface Finishing - MEA30118


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification is applicable to employees of aircraft maintenance organisations, or of specialist aircraft surface finishing organisations who are required to prepare the surfaces of aircraft and aircraft components for the application of surface finishes, apply paint, specialist finishes and decals or stencils. Also required is the application of aircraft registration markings, national markings and organisational logos.The units of competency that comprise this qualification are a mix of:common units that apply to all Aeroskills specialist streams at Certificate III and IV levelsstructures technical stream units relating to aircraft surface finishingimported automotive units relating to the application of paint finishes. This qualification fully articulates with the MEA40918 Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface Finishing and the common units provide a number of credits towards other Aeroskills qualifications at Certificate III and IV levels.This qualification applies to workplaces that operate under the airworthiness regulatory systems of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Any regulatory/licensing requirements associated with any MEA units of competency must be met.


  • Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials
  • Pre-treat aluminium alloy surfaces
  • Apply specialty coatings to aircraft
  • Seal aircraft and aircraft component structural seams
  • Apply quality standards during aviation maintenance activities
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Apply aircraft identification markings, graphics and decals
  • Prepare spray painting materials and equipment
  • Plan and organise aviation maintenance work activities
  • Apply work health and safety practices in aviation maintenance
  • Perform basic hand skills, standard trade practices and fundamentals in aviation maintenance
  • Paint aircraft surfaces
  • Complete aviation maintenance industry documentation
  • Conduct self in the aviation maintenance environment
  • Remove surface coatings from aircraft or aircraft components
  • Interpret and use aviation maintenance industry manuals and specifications
  • Remove light corrosion from aircraft

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Tamworth Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Tamworth Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide your own personal stationary to undertake the course including calculators, PPE including safety boots, cotton drill work wear, safety glasses, earmuffs, masks and hard hats.

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