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Avionics Engineers and Technicians

Overview

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 for aircraft or space vehicles. Avionics engineers are a subspecialty of the field of aerospace engineering. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2016 there were approximately 68,510 aerospace engineers employed 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. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2016 avionics technicians held about 17,330 jobs.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Decline
Personality Traits

Hands On

Realistic

Technical

Career Ladder
Avionics Engineering Supervisor/Manager or College Professor

Avionics or Engineer

Junior Avionics Engineer

Avionics or Aerospace Technician

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