Hands-on training with aircraft electronics and associated electrical equipment will teach you to test, troubleshoot, and repair components for aircraft communication, navigation, instrument, and control systems. Graduates will be prepared to earn industry-recognized certifications and work as aircraft electronics maintenance and repair technicians, earning high wages in an industry needing these highly demanded skills!
What is Avionics?
With the merging of “aviation” and “electronics,” Avionics encompasses all electronic devices and systems that perform individualized functions used on spacecraft, artificial satellites, aircraft, and several other large, movable structures. Avionics technicians install and troubleshoot equipment on fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters. They are responsible for ensuring that everything works properly and that none interferes with other electronic devices on board. When a device fails, avionics technicians remove it and perform repairs. In a small facility, a technician may work on the aircraft and in the shop, but the jobs are separate in large operations.
Modern avionics account for a substantial portion of military aircraft spending. Anywhere between 20-60% of the total cost of an individual aircraft accounts for the expense of avionics. The cockpit of an aircraft, which hosts the instrument panel, is the home for a significant amount of an aircraft’s avionic equipment.
WHAT TYPES OF JOBS CAN I GET?
Avionics technicians are often employed at large airports where aircraft must be serviced and repaired. They are also employed at commuter and regional airlines and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) repair stations. In addition, technicians provide maintenance and support to private research concerns, aerospace companies, military bases, and other government agencies. Some avionics technicians work at NASA, engineering companies, and theme parks. Avionics technicians test, maintain, and produce aviation electronics, including missile-guidance systems, jet engines, and flight-control circuitry. Levels of satisfaction in the industry are high, mainly because it provides intellectual curiosity with a very close attention to detail. The installation of electronics devices, their calibration, and their testing are all critical to the success of any aviation endeavor.
What’s the career growth potential?
Overall employment of avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 13,100 openings for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. As air traffic increases, more workers are expected to be needed to maintain a growing number of aircraft.1
1 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians.
An eye for detail is essential to this job. While you will have diagnostic tools to assist you, it will still be your job as a mechanic to determine whether the equipment is up to the required standard.
If you’re a technical person, it will go a long way in this role. You don’t need to be advanced in technical knowledge. You’ll learn as you train.
You’ll have to work with your hands as an aircraft mechanic, meaning you must be dexterous. If you don’t like occasionally getting your hands dirty, this may not be your path.
TROUBLESHOOTING (& PATIENCE)
As a mechanic, it is essential that you can work out what is causing problems with certain equipment. This requires patience, common sense, and, sometimes thinking outside the box.
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