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Avionics Technicians

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Work Environment

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

  • Military Status

    Enlisted

  • Average Military Salary

    $59,780

Overview

Avionics technicians inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair avionics systems that perform communications, navigation, collision avoidance, target acquisition, and automatic flight-control functions. They perform operational tests on aircraft components to determine condition, analyze performance, and isolate malfunctions in the radar, sensors, weapons control, electronic warfare (EW), flight control, and engine control systems. They repair and replace systems and equipment when deficiencies are identified.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Job training for avionics technicians consists of classroom and on-the-job training including practice in repairing avionics systems. Training content varies depending on specialty and may include:

  • Electronics and electrical theory
  • Inspection and troubleshooting techniques and procedures
  • Avionics and electrical system maintenance
  • Electrical control and indication functions of all airframe systems
  • Common soldering and systems-installation practices
  • Operating electrical and electronic test equipment

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to work with tools
  • Interest in electronics and electrical equipment
  • Interest in solving problems

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