AVIONICS TECHNICIANS repair and maintain components used for aircraft navigation, radio communications, weather radar systems, and instruments and computers that control engine and other flight functions. This includes transmitters and receivers; flight control; electronic position systems; and fuel engine systems. Avionics technicians perform scheduled maintenance, make repairs, and complete inspections required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). They troubleshoot avionics systems in jet planes, prop planes, helicopters, and other aircraft to locate malfunctioning system components.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $50,500 average per year ($24.25 per hour)
- A small occupation (18,300 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.1% per year)
AVIONICS TECHNICIANS who work on civilian aircraft are certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as avionics repair specialists. Technicians who also have an inspector's authorization can certify work completed by other technicians and perform inspections. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires at least 18 months of work experience for an avionics repairer's certificate. Applicants must pass written and oral tests and demonstrate that they can perform work authorized by the certificate. Although a few people become technicians through on-the-job training, most learn their job in a trade school certified by the FAA. Military experience is a great advantage when seeking employment.