Avionics Technician  What They Do

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Avionics Technicians Career Video



Installs, inspects, tests, adjusts, or repairs avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Tests and troubleshoots instruments, components, and assemblies, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, or voltmeters.
  • Keeps records of maintenance and repair work.
  • Adjusts, repairs, or replaces malfunctioning components or assemblies, using hand tools or soldering irons.
  • Installs electrical and electronic components, assemblies, and systems in aircraft, using hand tools, power tools, or soldering irons.
  • Sets up and operates ground support and test equipment to perform functional flight tests of electrical and electronic systems.
  • Assembles components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes, using hand tools or soldering irons.
  • Connects components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos, inverters, and in-flight refueling systems, using hand tools and soldering irons.
  • Lays out installation of aircraft assemblies and systems, following documentation such as blueprints, manuals, and wiring diagrams.
  • Interprets flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and systemic performance problems.
  • Coordinates work with that of engineers, technicians, and other aircraft maintenance personnel.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Rotating shift work

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