Military Avionics Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Avionics technicians inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair avionics systems that perform communications, navigation, collision avoidance, target acquisition, and automatic flight-control functions. They perform operational tests on aircraft components to determine condition, analyze performance, and isolate malfunctions in the radar, sensors, weapons control, electronic warfare (EW), flight control, and engine control systems.  They repair and replace systems and equipment when deficiencies are identified.

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Work Environment

Avionics technicians usually work indoors, in aircraft hangars, airplanes, and repair shops. They may also work on aircraft parked outdoors.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
  • Support Activities for Air Transportation
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Avionics Technicians in the Military

104,067

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Salary

Average Salary

$55,850

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 49%
  • High school 18%
  • Associate's degree 16%
  • Some college 12%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for avionics technicians consists of classroom and on-the-job training, including practice in repairing avionics systems. Training content varies depending on specialty, and may include: Electronics and electrical theoryInspection and troubleshooting techniques and proceduresAvionics and electrical system maintenanceElectrical control and indication functions of all airframe systemsCommon soldering and systems-installation practicesOperating electrical and electronic test equipment

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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