Avionics Installation Technician

Install, test, and mend aircraft information systems.

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Salary Range
$37,000 – $68,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Avionics Installation Technicians do?

As the title suggests, Avionics Installation Technicians install and fix avionics equipment. So what exactly are avionics? They’re the electronic systems you find on planes—the systems that facilitate things like navigation, communication, and monitoring. The name is a mix between aviation and electronics, and Avionics Installation Technicians can work on anything that flies, including airplanes, helicopters, and fighter jets.

In order to be an Avionics Installation Technician, you need to be able to read blueprints, or understand an Engineer ’s instructions. These directions will let you know important things like where the new system should go and what needs to be connected to make it work. They also allow you to conform to unusual specifications a client may ask for, or any government regulations that need to be followed.

Though a lot of your work is electronic and calls for you to understand how to create a wiring map or start a computer system, you also end up using a lot of basic hand tools. This means you spend some of your time with a hammer and screwdriver, doing things like removing parts of an engine or installing sheet metal after a new system is connected.

Once a system is in place, you make sure that everything works as it should. You test different parts and systems, troubleshooting issues if you can or contacting Engineers if you find a major flaw. Any of the work you do—test results, for example—needs to be carefully recorded as well.

Should I be an Avionics Installation Technician?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Avionics Installer, Avionics Systems Integration Specialist, Installation Manager, Instrument Specialist See More

    How to Become an
    Avionics Installation Technician

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