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Avionics Technicians

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Connect components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos, inverters, and in-flight refueling systems, using hand tools and soldering irons.
    • Lay out installation of aircraft assemblies and systems, following documentation such as blueprints, manuals, and wiring diagrams.
    • 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.

    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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    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).

    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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 61430/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 29.53/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 230
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Power meters
    • Ohmmeters
    • Multimeters
    • Hex keys

    Technology

    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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