Avionics TechnicianJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Avionics technicians inspect and test all the electrical and computer systems that keep airplanes, helicopters, and spacecraft flying. They assemble and install the avionics equipment on various aircraft and aerospace projects, including radar systems, radio communications equipment, and flight controls. In addition to servicing and installing avionics equipment, avionics technicians test avionics systems to ensure they function properly before an aircraft can take off. They also repair malfunctioning systems.

Avionics technician candidates should be computer-minded and enjoy working with their hands. They should also have experience using electronic testing equipment and reading wiring diagrams and schematics. An avionics technician needs to be a critical thinker, analytical problem solver, and an organized person to maintain equipment and service records.

Sample job description #1

Summary

Install wires and electrical components into electrical modules and assemblies per engineering drawings and specifications. Perform electrical continuity checks, operational tests per engineering, and manufacturer’s instructions.

Essential functions and responsibilities include the following

  • Fabricate, assemble, repair, modify, test, operate, and troubleshoot avionics/electrical modules, components, and wire harnesses
  • Mark wires, assemble lays-up, terminate (crimp and solder) to engineering schematic specifications
  • Install wires and electrical components into electrical modules and assemblies per engineering drawings and specifications
  • Check drawings for accuracy and applicability for assigned tasks and advises lead and/or supervisor of deficiencies
  • Perform electrical continuity checks, operational tests, and acceptance test procedures per engineering and manufacturer’s instructions on harnesses and wired components
  • Troubleshoot, repair, and modify electrical components and assemblies per manufacturer’s instructions, engineering schematics and accepted industry practices
  • Record work progress, certifications, completion and testing on various production documents per company standards and established procedures
  • Maintain shop and work area cleanliness
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. In accordance with applicable laws, ABC Company will provide reasonable accommodations that do not create an undue burden so disabled employees may perform the essential functions of the position.

Education and experience

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and one to two years related Electronics/Avionics experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Formal soldering training preferred or demonstrates acceptable performance

Skills

  • Terminate wiring
  • Soldering
  • Ability to read wiring diagrams

Certificates, licenses, registrations

  • FCC License preferred
  • FAA repairman certificate preferred

Sample job description #2

As Avionics Technician, you will troubleshoot, repair, inspect, modify, and service aircraft avionics, electrical and electronic equipment. You will assist with mechanical and electrical removals and installations. Assist with maintenance at off-site locations and operate ground support equipment.

Qualifications

  • +2 years of avionics work experience
  • Have received training from an avionics/electrical Aircraft Technical School
  • Experience on corporate jets (preferred)
  • Experience on Bombardier aircraft (preferred)
  • Must have a basic set of hand tools with the ability to demonstrate Inventory and control of tools
  • Have an A Certification, P Certification, or A&P Certificate (preferred)
  • Have GROL (General Radiotelephone Operator License) or AET (Aircraft Electronics Technician) Certificate (preferred)
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both written and verbal form on individual and / or aircraft status
  • Ability to read and understand electrical engineering drawings
  • Able and willing to travel
  • Have Basic PC skills

Sample job description #3

Duties and responsibilities

  • Performs repairs, testing, and operation of UAS, GCSc and various associated ground support electronic equipment at assigned facilities which will require long periods of standing, walking, bending, and lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Assists in troubleshooting, component removal and replacement, testing and documentation following schematics, layout diagrams, and work instructions in accordance with customer regulations
  • Participates in GCS power up, ground checks, maintenance, aircraft recovery, status debriefing, repair, and documentation of repairs and status
  • Supports maintenance, repairs and installation of various types of electronic equipment and related devices such as electronic transmitting and receiving equipment, micro and mainframe computers, and industrial measuring, controlling and calibration devices
  • Performs basic configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, analysis and repair of databases, switches, networks, video systems, and long-haul communications
  • Supports installation and upgrading operating system application software’s in multi user client/server environments
  • Performs configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, analysis and repair of databases, switches, networks, video systems, and long-haul communications
  • Liaisons with deployment team leaders, supply personnel, A&P mechanics, pilots, and internal and external customers
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job qualifications

  • Typically requires education/training equivalent to the completion of a two-year technical degree or trade school equivalency as well as five or more years experience in aviation or electronics
  • Equivalent professional experience may be substituted in lieu of education
  • Must be able to perform a variety of non-routine tasks and demonstrate considerable knowledge of avionics and electronic procedures and principles
  • Must possess:
  • the ability to troubleshoot at the component level
  • considerable knowledge and use of electronic test equipment, hand and soldering tools, voltage or amperage measuring and recording devices
  • the ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings, schematics and technical orders
  • strong analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately document, report and assess situations and make judgments
  • The ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.
  • Experience handling HAZMAT, AES, IATA, and COMSEC material is desirable.
  • Ability to pass a Deployment Medical Examination.
  • Security Clearance is required
  • The ability to obtain and maintain the TS Security Clearance.

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for an avionics technician is $65,800 per year in the United States. Compensation will vary based on experience, geography, industry, and company size.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$65,450 $88,550
Los Angeles, California$73,850 $99,900
Denver, Colorado$61,500$83,250 
Washington, DC$74,950$101,400 
Miami, Florida$61,250$82,850
Orlando, Florida$56,500$76,450 
Tampa, Florida$57,050$77,200
Atlanta, Georgia$59,850$80,950 
Chicago, Illinois$68,800$93,050 
Boston, Massachusetts$74,400$100,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$59,300$80,200 
New York City, New York$78,300 $105,950
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$63,750$86,250
Dallas, Texas$62,100$84,000
Houston, Texas$61,500$83,250
Seattle, Washington$71,600$96,850
National Average$55,950$75,650

Sample interview questions

  • Do you have any previous avionics experience?
  • How do you handle working under pressure?
  • Can you describe how you would successfully fix [Equipment Here]?
  • How would you diagnose a problem if you didn’t have a manual?
  • Name a time where you encountered a problem with avionics equipment. How did you fix it?
  • Do you know what crimpers are?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strength in avionics?
  • Are you willing to learn and solve problems?
  • How long have you been working in avionics?
  • What certifications do you have that are relevant to this current position?

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