Job Family: Communications Equipment Technologists and Technicians Avionics Technicians
Services Offering this Occupation
Army  | Navy  | Air Force  | Marine Corps  | Coast Guard  | National Guard

Photo 1: Man inspects airplane equipment. Photo 2:
Woman adjusts transponder on aircraft.

Short Description
Airplanes and helicopters have complex electrical and electronic systems for communication, navigation, and radar. Instruments, lights, weapons, landing gear, sensors and many other aircraft parts are also controlled by electronics. Avionics technicians install, maintain and repair electronic and electrical systems on all types of aircraft.

What They Do
Avionics technicians in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Troubleshoot aircraft electronics and electrical systems using test equipment
  • Repair or replace defective components
  • Inspect and maintain electronics and electrical systems
  • Replace faulty wiring
  • Install electronic components
  • Repair or replace instruments, such as tachometers, temperature gauges, and altimeters
  • Read electronic and electrical diagrams

Helpful Attributes
Helpful school courses include math and shop mechanics. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to work with tools
  • Interest in electronics and electrical equipment
  • Interest in solving problems

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction, including practice in repairing avionics systems. Training length varies depending on specialty. Further training occurs on the job and through advanced courses. Course content typically includes:
  • Electronics and electrical theory
  • Troubleshooting procedures
  • Installation techniques
  • Avionics and electrical system maintenance

Work Environment
Avionics technicians usually work indoors, in aircraft hangars, airplanes, and repair shops. They may also work on aircraft parked outdoors.

Civilian Counterparts
Civilian avionics technicians work mainly for airlines and aircraft maintenance firms. They may also work for aircraft manufacturers and other organizations that have fleets of airplanes or helicopters. Their duties are similar to those of military aircraft electricians. They may also be called aircraft electricians.

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