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Aerospace Engineering & Operations Technicians

Also called: Avionics Technician, Electronics Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics; Aerospace Propulsion Journeyman, F100, F101, F110, F118, F119, F135 Jet Engines; Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, C-130/C-27J; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Craftsman; Bomber/Special Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Helper, E-8; Command and Control Battle Management Operations Apprentice; Missile And Space Systems Electronic Maintenance Helper; Mobility Air Forces Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Journeyman, C-17; Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory Helper; Space Systems Operations Craftsman

What they do:
Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
On the job, you would:
  • Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms.
  • Confer with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures and results.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
  • customer service
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


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
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Oracle software
  • Structured query language SQL
Analytical or scientific software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Vibration analysis software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 4 of 5)

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