Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.
Common job titles of Avionics Technicians include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
49.95% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
18.2% said they needed a High School Diploma.
Coordinate work with that of engineers, technicians, and other aircraft maintenance personnel.
Install electrical and electronic components, assemblies, and systems in aircraft, using hand tools, power tools, or soldering irons.
Adjust, repair, or replace malfunctioning components or assemblies, using hand tools or soldering irons.
Keep records of maintenance and repair work.
Test and troubleshoot instruments, components, and assemblies, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, or voltmeters.
Assemble components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes, using hand tools or soldering irons.
Lay out installation of aircraft assemblies and systems, following documentation such as blueprints, manuals, and wiring diagrams.
Set up and operate ground support and test equipment to perform functional flight tests of electrical and electronic systems.
Interpret flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and systemic performance problems.
Connect components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos, inverters, and in-flight refueling systems, using hand tools and soldering irons.
Fabricate parts and test aids as required.
Operate computer-aided drafting and design applications to design avionics system modifications.
Assemble prototypes or models of circuits, instruments, and systems for use in testing.
Volt-ohm meters VOM
Time delay reflectometers TDR
Soft face hammers
Socket wrench sets
Slip joint pliers
Radio frequency RF wattmeters
Protective ear muffs
Programmable function generators
Phillips head screwdrivers
Microwave power meters
Laboratory binocular microscopes
End cut pliers
Electrical current meters
Duck bill pliers
Diagonal cutting pliers
Data bus readers
Component test sets
Ball peen hammers
Audio power meters
Avionics system testing software
Computer diagnostic software
Maintenance record software
Software development tools
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.