What Does an Avionics Technician Do?
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, an analytical problem solver, and an organized person to maintain equipment and service records.
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National Average Salary
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The average U.S. salary for an Avionics Technician is:
Avionics Technician Job Descriptions
Install wires and electrical components into electrical modules and assemblies per engineering drawings and specifications. Perform electrical continuity checks, and operational tests per engineering, and manufacturer’s instructions.
Essential functions and responsibilities
- 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 the 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
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 is preferred or demonstrates acceptable performance
- Terminate wiring
- Ability to read wiring diagrams
Certificates, licenses, registrations
- FCC License preferred
- FAA repairman certificate preferred
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.
- +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
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 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
- 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 of 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.
How to Hire an Avionics Technician
Consider the following when hiring an avionics technician:
- Recruiting: Do you have the internal resources and tools to source and recruit for this role successfully?
- Complexity: Do you need a senior professional, or will mid, or even junior-level skills suffice?
- Duration: Is this a one-time project, or an indefinite need?
- Management: Do you have the time and expertise to direct the work effectively?
- Urgency: Are there any deadlines associated with this need?
- Headcount: Do you have the budget and approval for an internal employee, or should you consider alternate options?
Answering these questions will help determine the best course of action for your current hiring need. Fortunately, various great options exist for every scenario, no matter how unique. When hiring an avionics technician, we recommend the following options:
1. Use 4 Corner Resources (or another professional recruiting firm)
The heavy lifting is done for you when working with a top-tier staffing company like 4 Corner Resources. We source, screen, recruit, and deliver only the most qualified candidate(s), saving you significant time and effort throughout the hiring process while you remain focused on your core business. Understanding your needs and ensuring the right candidate for the position is the key to our success.
This is the best route to take when:
- You need to fill the position quickly
- You want access to a vast talent pool of high-quality, prescreened candidates
- Your position is suited for temporary hiring services, contract staffing, or contract-to-hire recruiting, and you intend to direct the work activity.
- You are hiring an employee as a direct placement but aren’t able to recruit effectively or efficiently with your internal staff.
- You aren’t familiar with current salary rates, market trends, and available skill sets
2. Advertise your opening on a top job board
Your best option may be to advertise your opening on a proven job board. There are many widely used job sites out there that draw visits from qualified candidates. If you have someone internally who can dedicate the time and energy to sort through applications and screen individuals effectively, this can be a great choice.
We recommend using a job board when:
- Your internal recruiting team has the knowledge and experience to assess candidate qualifications
- You are hiring a direct employee and have time to manage the entire recruiting effort
- You have a process for receiving, screening, and tracking all resumes and applications
- You are prepared to respond to all applicants
There are many career sites out there. Here are the two we recommend for an avionics technician opening:
LinkedIn is a social network for job seekers, professionals, and businesses. With this popular job site, you can enhance your brand and advertise your open position to a wide audience of motivated, qualified candidates. Job postings on LinkedIn are also extremely streamlined and user-friendly, making it even easier for candidates to apply. Additionally, applicants can use their LinkedIn profile instead of a resume to expedite the process.
CareerBuilder has been a trusted source for hiring since 1995. Reach 80+ million unique, diverse U.S. job seekers annually by posting your jobs through their talent acquisition channels. Through CareerBuilder, you can engage candidates and drive them into your sourcing pipeline. We recommend using CareerBuilder for hiring when you have the internal resources and processes to review, screen, and reply to all applicants.
3. Leverage your internal resources
You can utilize your own website, social media, and employees to assist in your search for top candidates.
A company website posting should be the first step in notifying prospective candidates that you are hiring. Social media can also be a powerful tool for spreading the word about your new opening. As far as exposure is concerned, this option can be as good as some job boards when you have a large enough following across various platforms, like LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Twitter.
Current employees are every organization’s greatest asset. Encourage your internal team to promote job openings to their network by offering cash and other incentives.
We recommend these options when:
- Your brand has great name recognition
- You can consistently monitor and respond to candidate activity through your website and social media accounts
- You have a process in place to quickly and broadly communicate job openings and requirements
- You have an effective employee referral program in place
If you aren’t sure which path is best, schedule a discovery call today with our seasoned recruiting professionals. The 4 Corner team is on standby to help you find the best option for your unique hiring need.
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 when you encountered a problem with avionics equipment. How did you fix it?
- How do you work to stay up to date on the latest equipment and standards?
- 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?