Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
SOC: 17-3021.00

Description:

Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
11,400 employed

Projected (2024):
11,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Aerographer
  • Aerospace Mechanic
  • Aerospace Physiological Technician
  • Aerospace Technician
  • Altitude Chamber Technician
  • Avionics Technician
  • Avionics Test Technician
  • Calibration Technician
  • Certified Technician Specialist
  • Communication Technician
  • Data Acquisition Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Engineering Operations Leader
  • Engineering Specialist Technician
  • Engineering Technician
  • Engineering Test Specialist
  • Field Service Engineer
  • Flight Data Technician
  • Flight Readiness Technician
  • Flight Technician
  • Flight Test Data Acquisition Technician
  • Instrumentation Technician
  • Project Engineer
  • Radar Technician
  • Research Mechanic
  • Spacecraft Systems Engineer
  • Systems Test Technician
  • Test Equipment Mechanic
  • Test Specialist
  • Test Technician
  • Wind Tunnel Mechanic
  • Wind Tunnel Technician


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms.
  • Confer with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures and results.
  • Adjust, repair or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment.
  • Identify required data, data acquisition plans and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications.
  • Construct and maintain test facilities for aircraft parts and systems, according to specifications.
  • Operate and calibrate computer systems and devices to comply with test requirements and to perform data acquisition and analysis.
  • Test aircraft systems under simulated operational conditions, performing systems readiness tests and pre- and post-operational checkouts, to establish design or fabrication parameters.
  • Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments.
  • Finish vehicle instrumentation and deinstrumentation.
  • Exchange cooling system components in various vehicles.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Accelerometer sensors
  • Accelerometers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air drills
  • Air-supplying respirators
  • Aligning punches
  • Alignment squares
  • Allen wrenches
  • Annealing ovens
  • Aviation snips
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bench vises
  • Bleeder wrenches
  • Body harnesses
  • Bore gauges
  • Borescopes
  • Bottoming taps
  • Box end wrenches
  • Brazing equipment
  • Brazing hearths
  • Bubble emission inspection equipment
  • Center punches
  • Combination wrenches
  • Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
  • Coordinate measuring machines CMM
  • Countersinks
  • Depth gauges
  • Depth micrometers
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital force gauges
  • Digital height gauges
  • Digital torque wrenches
  • Dividers
  • Drill presses
  • Drive punches
  • Dye penetrant inspection equipment
  • Eddy current inspection equipment
  • Electronic torque testers
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flat files
  • Flat head screwdrivers
  • Flow meters
  • Fluorescent penetrant inspection equipment
  • Force transducers
  • Forklifts
  • Gamma ray testing equipment
  • Gantry mills
  • Gas arc welding equipment
  • Gauge blocks
  • Go/no-go gauges
  • Gyroscopes
  • Hacksaws
  • Half-round files
  • Hand snips
  • Hook spanner wrenches
  • Hydrasets
  • Impact hammers
  • Infrared inspection equipment
  • Knife files
  • Lasers
  • Layout compasses
  • Magnetic particle inspection equipment
  • Mallets
  • Mass spectrometers
  • Micrometers
  • Mill files
  • Multi-axis mills
  • Offset screwdrivers
  • Open end wrenches
  • Overhead cranes
  • Paint booths
  • Personal computers
  • Pin punches
  • Planer gauges
  • Plug gauges
  • Plug taps
  • Power screwdrivers
  • Precision files
  • Pressure gauges
  • Prick punches
  • Protractors
  • Purifying respirators
  • Pyrotechnic initiators
  • Reed and Prince screwdrivers
  • Riveting tools
  • Round files
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety lanyards
  • Safety wire pliers
  • Scaffolding
  • Scribers
  • Shakers
  • Shielded arc welding tools
  • Shot peening equipment
  • Skin mills
  • Small hole gauges
  • Snap gauges
  • Socket wrenches
  • Soft face hammers
  • Soldering irons
  • Split dies
  • Spring calipers
  • Steel rules
  • Straight chisels
  • Straightedges
  • Strain gauge balances
  • Taper taps
  • Telescopes
  • Telescoping gauges
  • Terminal computers
  • Theodolites
  • Thermocouples
  • Thickness gauges
  • Thread gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Torx drivers
  • Tri-squares
  • Twist drills
  • Ultrasonic inspection equipment
  • V blocks
  • Vernier calipers
  • Vertical turret lathes VTL
  • Vibration tables
  • Vibration testers
  • Vibration transducers
  • Vixen files
  • Voltmeters
  • Welding torches
  • Wire crimpers
  • X ray inspection equipment
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Computerized numerical control CNC software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Inventory software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SQL Server software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oracle Java
  • Oracle software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • UNIX
  • Vibration analysis software


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980