Avionics Technician: Description and the best paid jobs

Avionics Technician

Description… and where to find the best paid jobs

What is an avionics technician?

Also sometimes called an avionics electrical technician or avionics electronics technician, they maintain and repair an aircraft’s (or space craft) electronic instruments, including navigation, radio (communication), radar and missile control systems (avionics equipment).

Avionics Technician job description and duties

It is their responsibility to ensure all on board electronic systems are working correctly.

Tasks include:

  • Install, test and repair aircraft or spacecraft avionics equipment
  • Install aircraft assemblies according to manuals, blueprints and wiring diagrams
  • Assemble switches, electrical controls and junction boxes
  • Keep accurate maintenance records
  • Set up and run ground support and testing equipment for flight tests of aircraft avionics while in flight
  • Analyse and interpret flight data to diagnose system malfunctions and problems

The above is done using voltmeters, oscilloscopes, circuit testers and electronics repair tools including hand tools and soldering irons contained in an avionics technician tool kit

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How to become an Avionics Technician

A common way is to become an avionics technician in the Air Force, Navy or Army.

Civilian Avionics technician training include:

  • Certificate 4 in Aeroskills – Avionics
  • Training with large airlines or aerospace companies

This will give you the education and certification. A degree is not required.

An interest in computers, electronics and electrical control systems is preferred to enjoy the job and excel in avionics technician schooling and training.

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Avionics Technician Salary. How much do avionics technicians make?

The average salary for an avionics technician is $71,000 per annum. Typical pay is-

  • Range – $58,000 to $95,000 per annum
  • Average – $71,000 per annum
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