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Avionics Engineers and Technicians
Avionics (from the words aviation and electronics) is the application of electronics to the operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Avionics engineers conduct research and solve developmental problems associated with aviation, such as instrument landing systems and other safety instruments. Avionics engineers are a subspecialty of the field of aerospace engineering. There are approximately 71,500 aerospace engineers in the United States.
Avionics technicians inspect, test, adjust, and repair the electronic components of aircraft communications, navigation, and flight-control systems and compile complete maintenance-and-overhaul records for the work they do. Avionics technicians also calibrate and adjust the frequencies of communications apparatus when it is installed and perform periodic checks on those frequency settings. Avionics technicians hold about 17,100 jobs.