Certificate IV in Aircraft Surface Finishing - MEA40918


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

The qualification applies to employees of aircraft repair and overhaul organisations or members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) engaged in either the supervision of aircraft surface finishing activities or working in an environment where a significant degree of multi-skilling is required in component removal and installation and/or the performance of a specified range of repair tasks.The qualification consists of:common and imported units that apply to all Aeroskills specialist streams at Certificate III and IV levelsmandatory surface finishing technical stream and imported units that also apply at Certificate III levelelective units to be selected according to employment need from listed common units, mechanical and structures technical stream units and an imported unit.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.


  • Supervise civil aircraft maintenance activities and manage human resources in the workplace
  • Apply air dry and polyurethane refinishing materials
  • Use electrical test equipment to perform basic electrical tests on aircraft and components
  • Pre-treat aluminium alloy surfaces
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Apply specialty coatings to aircraft
  • Repair/modify aircraft composite material structure/components
  • Seal aircraft and aircraft component structural seams
  • Apply work health and safety procedures at supervisor level in aviation maintenance
  • Apply quality standards during aviation maintenance activities
  • Remove and install aircraft hydro-mechanical and landing gear system components
  • 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
  • Supervise aviation maintenance teams and perform maintenance quality inspections
  • 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
  • Remove and install aircraft fixed wing flight control system components

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Tamworth Campus No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 36 weeks

Fee comments

Campuses: Tamworth Campus.

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

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