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Avionics Technician Job Description, Career as an Avionics Technician, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

technicians equipment technical systems

Education and Training High school, training, and license

Salary Median—$21.30 per hour

Employment Outlook Fair

Definition and Nature of the Work

Avionics is the application of electronics to the operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Technicians inspect, test, and repair the electronic components of communication, navigation, and flight-control systems. For example, they may test and replace radar systems using such equipment as circuit analyzers and oscilloscopes.

Some technicians work with engineers to develop and install new electronics systems and calibrate them to specifications. Many specialize in particular systems, such as computerized guidance and flight-control equipment.

Technicians must complete and sign maintenance and installation documents for every piece of equipment. To keep up with technological advances, they read technical articles and attend seminars and training courses.

Education and Training Requirements

Avionics technicians must have high school diplomas and complete two- or four-year training programs at technical institutes or community colleges. Thorough understanding of the theory and practice of electronics is essential. Other useful courses are geometry, calculus, and technical writing.

Large aerospace companies and the armed services provide on-the-job training specific to their requirements. Avionics technicians are also required to obtain restricted radio-telephone operator's licenses, which are obtained from the Federal Communication Commission.

Getting the Job

College placement offices may have information about entry-level positions. Job seekers can also apply directly to aerospace companies and airlines. Some employment agencies specialize in placing technical staff.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Avionics technicians usually begin their careers as trainees, working under the supervision of skilled workers. As they gain experience they test and repair equipment independently. With more training they can become installers of new equipment or get jobs in research and development.

The employment outlook for avionics technicians is fair through 2014. The aerospace industry is closely tied to government spending and the economy, so overall employment can fluctuate. Those technicians with experience and knowledge of the latest technologies should find the most job opportunities.

Working Conditions

Avionics technicians generally work forty hours per week, sometimes in teams of technicians and engineers. Because electronic equipment must be kept very clean, they usually work indoors, often in the confined spaces of aircraft cockpits. The work is highly detailed, with exacting standards, and may include preparation and presentation of technical reports.

Earnings and Benefits

Salaries vary, depending on the type of company or size of airline. In 2004 the median wage of all avionics technicians was $21.30 per hour. The most experienced workers made more than $27.85 per hour.

Where to Go for More Information

Aircraft Electronics Association
4217 S. Hocker
Independence, MO 64055-7344 (816) 373-6565

Aviation Technician Education Council
2090 Wexford Ct.
Harrisburg, PA 17112-1579
(717) 540-7121

Benefits usually include paid holidays and vacations and health and retirement plans. Technicians working for airlines may be eligible for free or greatly reduced fares when traveling.

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over 11 years ago

i am an avionics engineer 16 years worker with yemen airlin in base &line maintenancs type rating on A310-2/300 b737-6/900 b737-3/500&B727-200 MY EDUCATION IS MASTER OF AVIONICS ENGINEERING FROM KIEV CIVIL AVIATION INSTETUT

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Avionics Technician Job Description, Career as an Avionics Technician, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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almost 7 years ago

dear sir,

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about 7 years ago

Khurram Khan

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Subject: Application for on job training (OJT) or a permanent position.

Dear Sir / Madam,

In today’s fast paced marketplace the diminishing divide between businesses and technology increases the demand for pragmatic individuals who are apt in both empires.

I am a fresh graduate, Avionics engineer from Pakistan Air Force Karachi Institute Of Economics and Technology (PAF-KIET) and have done courses like Aerodynamics, Navigation and flight control systems, Radar systems and applications, Avionics System Design, Electro optics, Aerospace and propulsion systems Electronic Instrumentation, Computer System Architectures, Microcontroller based systems, System Architectures , Electrical Machines and many other all in acceptable grades, which are the prerequisites of a job for professional achievements

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Thank you for your kindness as I anticipate a call from your firm before long.


Khurram Khan

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over 9 years ago

Iam an avionics technitian seeking jobsreputed airlines,,,completed 2.5years of AME institutional training in avionics stream speciallised on electricalsystem,instrument system and radio radar recording systems;with a work experience on HS-125 buisinessjet aircraft