Avionics Technicians

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Slower than average

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:

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.


Wire strippers

Wire crimpers


Volt-ohm meters VOM

Vernier calipers

Utility knives


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


Resistance bridges

Radio frequency RF wattmeters

Protective ear muffs

Programmable function generators

Power lifts

Power drills

Pin punches

Phillips head screwdrivers

Personal computers


Nut drivers

Needlenose pliers


Microwave power meters



Longnose pliers

Laptop computers


Laboratory binocular microscopes

Inspection mirrors

Hex wrenches


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



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Avionics system testing software

Computer diagnostic software

Maintenance record software

Software development tools


Equipment Maintenance

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.

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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

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.

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.


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.


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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