What is FAME?
The FAME program is dedicated to increasing female participation in the AME workforce across Australia, by providing our Female students across all locations with support from key networks and industry throughout their studies at Aviation Australia.
Of the 9643 Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (LAMEs) in Australia, only 113 are female. That is less than 1.5% females represented on the hangar floor. The FAME program works to attract, retain, and promote more female aircraft maintenance engineers. Because as an industry, we recognize that AME is a male dominated role.
What Does the FAME Program Provide?
Increased female participation in the workforce
Dedicated industry support and mentorship
Work experience opportunities
Expands student’s personal brand and network
2024 Proposed Activities
- FAME Alumni Linkedin Group
- Welcome Event, January
- International Women’s Day, Friday 8th March
- WAI Australia Conference, March (BNE)
- Mentoring sponsorship through WAI
- Individual Partner Networking Event, May
- WA/AA Summit, June
- MRO Hangar Experience Days, July
- Girls in Aviation Event, September
- Christmas Event, December
FAME 2023 Graduates
For Whitney, planning a career in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering was never on her radar.
Her career choices seemed largely predetermined, however a fortuitous experience at an Aviation Australia Expo confirmed this is where she was meant to be.
“There are so many connections (that I’ve made) and had so much fun. It’s been a massive journey for me to be able to get where I am. That’s how I’ve found myself in this career, and it’s mine now” Whitney said.
Find out more about Whitney’s story and the initiatives that are providing opportunities to build a more inclusive and diverse aviation industry in the video.
Sophie grew up in an environment where she was encouraged to have a go at everything.
You only need to spend a few moments with Sophie to know this philosophy has been the driving force which now propels her toward a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME).
Choosing to be an AME is not merely a job, “It’s a truly global career and one which opens up a world of opportunities to travel, experience different cultures and work with advanced technology and some of the most iconic brands in aviation”, Sophie said.
For Sophie there’s now a world of potential and extraordinary possibilities to explore, which can all be traced back to that one simple decision, to “give it a go!”
Get to know a little more about Sophie and her journey in the video.
Angela is acutely aware of the prerequisites required to be a successful Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - she also knows to forge a career as LAME requires far more than manual dexterity, high attention to detail and advance problem-solving skills.
It starts with a passion, a relentless commitment to excellence and a drive to be involved in something that is greater than the sum of its parts. If you have passion, "It's never going to be out of your league," Angela said.
Check-out Angela's personal story of falling in love with Aviation and what a career as a LAME means to her.