Avionics Technicians
SOC: 49-2091.00

Description:

Install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
17,400 employed

Projected (2024):
17,500 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:

  • Aircraft Armament Mechanic
  • Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist
  • Aircraft Electrician
  • Aircraft Instrument Mechanic
  • Aircraft Technician
  • Airplane Electrical Repairer
  • Airplane Electrician
  • Airplane Technician
  • Armament Mechanic
  • Armament Repairer
  • Automatic Pilot Mechanic
  • Aviation Electrical Technician
  • Aviation Electrician
  • Aviation Electronics Technician
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Avionics Electronics Technician
  • Avionics Installer
  • Avionics Manager
  • Avionics Systems Integration Specialist
  • Avionics Systems Repairer
  • Avionics Technician
  • Electrical and Radio Aircraft Mechanic
  • Electrical and Radio Mechanic
  • Electrical Installer
  • Electronic Technician
  • In-Flight Refueling System Repairer
  • Instrument Specialist
  • Instrument Tester
  • Missile Facilities Repairer
  • Mobile Electronics Installer
  • Wirer


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    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
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Set up and operate ground support and test equipment to perform functional flight tests of electrical and electronic systems.
  • Test and troubleshoot instruments, components, and assemblies, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, or voltmeters.
  • Keep records of maintenance and repair work.
  • Coordinate work with that of engineers, technicians, and other aircraft maintenance personnel.
  • Interpret flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and systemic performance problems.
  • 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.
  • Connect components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos, inverters, and in-flight refueling systems, using hand tools and soldering irons.
  • Assemble components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes, using hand tools or soldering irons.
  • Fabricate parts and test aids as required.
  • Lay out installation of aircraft assemblies and systems, following documentation such as blueprints, manuals, and wiring diagrams.
  • Assemble prototypes or models of circuits, instruments, and systems for use in testing.
  • Operate computer-aided drafting and design applications to design avionics system modifications.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Alignment tools
  • Allen wrenches
  • Audio power meters
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Center punches
  • Circuit testers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination wrenches
  • Component test sets
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Data bus readers
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Duck bill pliers
  • Electrical current meters
  • End cut pliers
  • Frequency counters
  • Grounding equipment
  • Hacksaws
  • Hex wrenches
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Laboratory binocular microscopes
  • Ladders
  • Laptop computers
  • Longnose pliers
  • Magnifiers
  • Megohmmeters
  • Microwave power meters
  • Multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters
  • Personal computers
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Pin punches
  • Power drills
  • Power lifts
  • Programmable function generators
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Radio frequency RF wattmeters
  • Resistance bridges
  • Respirators
  • Riveting tools
  • Safety goggles
  • Signal generators
  • Signal simulators
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Socket wrenches
  • Soft face hammers
  • Soldering irons
  • Spectrum analyzers
  • Steel rules
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Tension gauges
  • Time delay reflectometers TDR
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tweezers
  • Utility knives
  • Vernier calipers
  • Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Voltmeters
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire strippers
  • Avionics system testing software
  • Computer diagnostic software
  • Data entry software
  • Maintenance record software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990