Aeronautical and Aerospace Technicians

Aeronautical and aerospace technicians design, construct, test, operate, and maintain the basic structures of aircraft and spacecraft, as well as propulsion and control systems. They work with scientists and engineers. Many aeronautical and aerospace technicians assist engineers in preparing equipment drawings, diagrams, blueprints, and scale models. They collect information, make computations, and perform laboratory tests. Their work may include working on various projects involving aerodynamics, structural design, flight-test evaluation, or propulsion problems. Other technicians estimate the cost of materials and labor required to manufacture the product, serve as manufacturers' field service technicians, and write technical materials. There are approximately 9,900 aerospace technicians and 138,900 aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and service technicians employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Design, build, test, operate, and maintain the basic structures of aircraft and spacecraft, as well as propulsion and control systems
Alternate Title(s) Aerospace Physiological Technicians, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technicians, Avionics Technicians, Drafting and Design Technicians, Engineering Technicians, Industrial Engineering Technicians, Instrumentation Technicians, Liaison Technicians, Mathematical Technicians, Mechanical Technicians, Target Aircraft Technicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but many positions are found in Alabama, California, and Florida
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience A solid background in mathematics and science and hands-on experience with computers will be helpful
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, or Sales/Technical Representative, or Engineer
  • Experienced Aeronautical and Aerospace Technician
  • Entry-Level Aeronautical and Aerospace Technician