Helicopter engineer | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Helicopter engineers service and repair helicopters.

  • Formulate mathematical models or other methods of computer analysis to develop, evaluate, or modify design, according to customer engineering requirements.  
  • Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircraft or aerospace systems or equipment.  
  • Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical
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Helicopter engineers typically work around 42 to 44 hours per week.

As a Helicopter engineer you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
97,608 GBP *
per year
30,000 GBP
50,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)
Average salary for Helicopter engineer
  • 103,798 GBP
Average salary for full-time Helicopter engineer

  • 97,608 GBP
  • 103,798 GBP
Salary over time for Helicopter engineer

Pay for this role has decreased slightly over time
  • 94,182 GBP
  • 87,447 GBP
  • 87,322 GBP
  • 84,307 GBP
  • 78,221 GBP
  • 86,204 GBP
  • 97,608 GBP
  • 75,903 GBP
  • 53,152 GBP

Future outlook for Helicopter engineers

Very good outlook
8 000+ jobs available
Fair outlook
-7% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
28% chance of automation in the future

Helicopter engineer - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Helicopter engineer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 59% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 33% of people in this role have a Master's degree
  • 8% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant courses include the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering.

You'll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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Things to highlight for your Helicopter engineer interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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