What does an Avionics Technician do?

Avionics technicians repair and maintain a plane's electronic instruments, including radio communication devices and equipment, radar systems, and navigation aids. They inspect, install, test, and repair systems and ensure they all function properly. They generally work on the communication, navigation, and flight control systems that power the aircraft and the wiring that connects them. They install and test complex avionics equipment in electrical systems and ensure that all avionics equipment works appropriately before takeoff and will not interfere with any other electronic device aboard the aircraft.

They remove, repair, and reinstall problematic equipment before aircraft can take off and perform intricate soldering on navigation, missile control, and communication components. They assemble and install electrical components and provide an accurate diagnosis of difficult avionics problems and issues. Avionics technicians coordinate all work with engineers, technicians, and aircraft maintenance staff and keep detailed records of all repairs and work performed on the aircraft. Avionics technicians need a bachelor's or associate's degree in avionics or aviation technology and certification in electrical engineering or aviation maintenance.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Aircraft Avionics
Test Equipment
English Language
Windows Operating Systems
Aircraft Systems
Fault Isolation
Security Clearance
Top Secret Clearance

Avionics Technician Seniority Levels

Avionics Technician
Electronics Technician
16% made the transition
Service Technician
14% made the transition
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Avionics Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,778 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $51K
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