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.

What responsibilities are common for Avionics Technician jobs?
  • Test and maintain test equipment, electronic systems, and components.
  • Provide technical guidance and direct lower-level technicians to complete assigned tasks.
  • Conduct defined engineering tests and collect data as assigned.
  • Perform and comply with engineering changes and modifications as required.
  • Help train operations personnel in the proper use and care of related equipment.
  • Practice safe work behaviors, including lock-out-tag-out (LOTO) to remove and install instruments from service.
  • Fabricate, install and test installation, routing, clamping and wiring harnesses.
  • Perform aircraft inspections in accordance with FAA regulations and operating limitations.
  • Utilize external vendors to maintain a set of internal calibration reference standards.
  • Perform monthly, quarterly and annual QC checks on the equipment.
  • Prepare and finalize aircraft maintenance entries and work orders.
What are the typical qualifications for Avionics Technician jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering.
  • Advanced experience with aircraft avionics.
  • Strong command of English language.
  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning programs.
  • In-depth familiarity with aircraft systems.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Avionics Technician make?

Confident
$70,716 /yr
Total Pay
$50,779
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$19,937
 /yr

Additional Pay

$70,716

 / yr
$35K$289K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Avionics Technician Career Path

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L2
Avionics Technician
$70,716/yr
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
7%
2 - 4
17%
5 - 7
2%
8+
74%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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West Star AviationWest Star Aviation
Avionics Technician
Jun 22, 2020

“Overall the atmosphere is great and I truly enjoyed the company and the people I work with.”

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Oct 3, 2020

“Being in the right trade/role can set you up for great career progression within or outside the military”

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“Its a great job starting out in aviation but its basically a dead end job in the shop.”

Wisconsin Air National GuardWisconsin Air National Guard
Avionics Technician
Mar 31, 2021

“The opportunity to change your career if it's not the right fit for you.”

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May 29, 2021

“Be prepared for long hours and many external factors outside of anyone's control impacting your schedule.”

Stambaugh Aviation
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Apr 23, 2021

“Good good good good good”

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F16 Avionics Technician
Jun 25, 2021

“Good pay uae is nice”

Royal Air ForceRoyal Air Force
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Jan 31, 2022

“money in splashed on unimportant projects whilst telling everyone there is no money for pay rises or infrastructure”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an Avionics Technician

When working as an Avionics Technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Aircraft Avionics, Test Equipment, English Language, Windows Operating Systems, and Aircraft Systems.

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The most common qualifications to become an Avionics Technician include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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