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Avionics Technicians

Also called: Aviation Electrical Technician, Avionics Electronics Technician, Avionics Installer, Avionics Technician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Advanced Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics; Airfield Systems Journeyman; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Apprentice, B-1; Bomber/Special Electronic Warfare and Radar Surveillance Integrated Avionics Journeyman, EC-130 Compass Call; Bomber/Special Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems; Fighter Aircraft Integrated Avionics Apprentice, F-15 Avionics; Mobility Air Forces Electronic Warfare Systems Helper; Mobility Air Forces Integrated Instrument and Flight Control Systems Apprentice, C-17; Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice, B-52; Special Operations Forces/Personnel Recovery (SOF/PR) Integrated Communication/Navigation/Mission Systems Craftsman

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, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • telecommunications


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Avionics system testing software
  • Computer diagnostic software
Spreadsheet software
Facilities management software
  • Maintenance record software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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