Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technician

Operate aircraft launching and recovery equipment.
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What do Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technicians do?

Operates aircraft launching and recovery equipment, such as hydraulic or steam catapults, barricades, arresting gear, and visual landing aids to launch or recover aircraft on aircraft carriers and land based airfields: Operates arresting gear or catapult consoles and controls to fire catapults, raise and lower arresting gear, and blast deflectors and control other launch and recovery equipment. Calibrates, adjusts, and tests launch and recovery equipment, using electrical and mechanical test equipment and handtools. Disassembles catapults, arresting gear, and other equipment and replaces defective parts, using handtools. Splices broken arresting gear cables, using cable splicing tools. Records in log aircraft launches, recoveries, and maintenance performed on equipment. Occasionally directs aircraft launch or recovery operations, using visual hand or light signals.


Should I be an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technician?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to Become an
    Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technician

    Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technicians generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Aircraft Launch and Recovery Technician-related education!
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