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Avionics Technicians
SOC Code: 49-2091.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist, Aircraft Technician, Aviation Electrical Technician, Aviation Electronics Technician, Avionics Electronics Technician, Avionics Installer, Avionics Manager, Avionics Systems Integration Specialist, Avionics Technician, Electronic Technician

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Avionics system testing software; Computer diagnostic software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Facilities management software - Maintenance record software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Alignment jig - Alignment tools
  • Ball peen hammer - Ball peen hammers
  • Binocular light compound microscopes - Laboratory binocular microscopes
  • Calibrated resistance measuring equipment - Resistance bridges
  • Calipers - Vernier calipers
  • Circuit tester - Circuit testers
  • Cold chisels
  • Combination wrenches
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagonal cut pliers - Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Ear muffs - Protective ear muffs
  • End cut pliers
  • Flat nose pliers - Duck bill pliers
  • Frequency analyzers - Spectrum analyzers
  • Frequency calibrator or simulator - Signal simulators
  • Frequency counters or timer or dividers - Frequency counters
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Grounding hardware - Grounding equipment
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Hammers - Soft face hammers
  • Hex keys - Allen wrenches; Hex wrenches
  • Inspection mirror - Inspection mirrors
  • Integrated circuit testers - Component test sets
  • Ladders
  • Lifts - Power lifts
  • Longnose pliers
  • Magnifiers
  • Megohmmeters
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Nut drivers
  • Ohmmeters - Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Open end wrenches - Crescent wrenches
  • Oscilloscopes - Digital oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Power drills
  • Power meters - Audio power meters; Microwave power meters
  • Protocol analyzers - Data bus readers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Center punches; Pin punches
  • Reflectometers - Time delay reflectometers TDR
  • Respirators
  • Rivet tools - Riveting tools
  • Rulers - Steel rules
  • Screwdrivers - Phillips head screwdrivers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Signal generators - Programmable function generators
  • Slip or groove joint pliers - Slip joint pliers
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Sockets - Socket wrenches
  • Soldering iron - Soldering irons
  • Stripping tools - Wire strippers
  • Tension testers - Tension gauges
  • Torque wrenches
  • Tweezers
  • Utility knives
  • Voltage or current meters - Electrical current meters; Voltmeters
  • Wattmeters - Radio frequency RF wattmeters
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Wire crimpers

Knowledge

  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: RIC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 50% responded “Very important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 54% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 45% responded “Very important results.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 56% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 52% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 47% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 53% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 36% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 41% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 41% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 43% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 44% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Consequence of Error - 37% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 31% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 34% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 40% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 28% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 33% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 29% responded “Never.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 29% responded “About half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 22% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 29% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 23% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 41% responded “Less than half the time.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
50%Post-secondary certificate
18%High school diploma or equivalent
16%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $30.12 hourly, $62,650 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 18,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,500

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