Avionics Technicians


Also called : Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist, Aircraft Technician, Aviation Electrical Technician, Aviation Electronics Technician, Avionics Electronics Technician, Avionics Installer, Avionics Systems Int

What they do


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

On the job, one would


  • 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.

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.

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.

  • Operations Monitoring
    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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 that there is a problem.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • 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.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Analytical or scientific software

  • Computer aided design CAD software

  • Development environment software

  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Facilities management software

  • Object or component oriented development software

  • Office suite software

  • Operating system software

  • Portal server software

  • Presentation software

  • Spreadsheet software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Medium Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

  • Experience

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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