Avionics Technicians

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Slower than average

1500+
Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

Wire strippers

Wire crimpers

Voltmeters

Volt-ohm meters VOM

Vernier calipers

Utility knives

Tweezers

All Tools

Torque wrenches

Time delay reflectometers TDR

Tension gauges

Straight screwdrivers

Steel rules

Spectrum analyzers

Soldering irons

Soft face hammers

Socket wrenches

Socket wrench sets

Slip joint pliers

Signal simulators

Signal generators

Safety goggles

Riveting tools

Respirators

Resistance bridges

Radio frequency RF wattmeters

Protective ear muffs

Programmable function generators

Power lifts

Power drills

Pin punches

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers

Ohmmeters

Nut drivers

Needlenose pliers

Multimeters

Microwave power meters

Megohmmeters

Magnifiers

Longnose pliers

Laptop computers

Ladders

Laboratory binocular microscopes

Inspection mirrors

Hex wrenches

Hacksaws

Grounding equipment

Frequency counters

End cut pliers

Electrical current meters

Duck bill pliers

Digital oscilloscopes

Digital multimeters

Diagonal cutting pliers

Desktop computers

Data bus readers

Crescent wrenches

Component test sets

Combination wrenches

Cold chisels

Circuit testers

Center punches

Ball peen hammers

Audio power meters

Allen wrenches

Alignment tools

Adjustable wrenches

Technologies

Linux

Apache Webserver

Avionics system testing software

Computer diagnostic software

Maintenance record software

Software development tools

Skills

Equipment Maintenance

Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Troubleshooting

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Repairing

Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring

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.

Active Listening

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.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing

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

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Equipment Selection

Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

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

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

English Language

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.

Telecommunications

Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Design

Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Mathematics

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.

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