Career Field: Communications Equipment Technicians

Enlisted i Enlisted service members make up the majority of the Military and perform much of the hands-on work. Avionics Technicians


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.
  • Salary

    Average salary nationwide: $44,275
    Learn more about what goes into a salary with the Compensation Estimator.
    Learn more about Military Insurance and Retirement Benefits.
  • Service Branches

    The following Services offer this career:
    ArmyArmy Marine CorpsMarine
    NavyNavy Air ForceAir
    Coast GuardCoast

    Service members currently in this role:

    Note: Keep in mind that there is no guarantee service members will receive their first choice for a career, as the Services determine where each individual's skills are needed most at the time.
  • Work Environment

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

    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:
    • Electronic and electrical theory
    • Troubleshooting procedures
    • Installation techniques
    • Avionic and electrical system maintenance

Related Civilian Careers

  • Avionics Technicians
  • Aircraft Electricians