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Avionics and the Mechanics that maintain them

The world of avionics goes beyond the local manufacturing of avionics mounts, avionics clamps, avionics cases, and bezels . . . there is required industry maintenance, the often unseen part of the aviation industry.

According to the 2016 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment, U.S. civil aviation maintenance industry employs more than 270,000 people and generates $43.1 billion in economic activity. So, it’s a really big deal!

According to the US Book of Labor Statistics (USBLS), Aircraft and Avionics equipment mechanics and technicians perform scheduled maintenance; make repairs, and complete inspections. The USBLS has put together some information relating to Avionics Mechanics:

What Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians Do

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft. They also may perform aircraft inspections as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Work Environment

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. They often must meet strict deadlines to maintain flight schedules. The environment can be loud because of aircraft engines and equipment. Workers frequently bend, stoop, and reach from ladders and scaffolds. Most mechanics and technicians work full time; overtime and weekend work is common.

How to Become an Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanic or Technician

Many aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians learn their trade at an FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school. Others enter with a high school education or equivalent and are trained on the job. Some workers enter the occupation after receiving training in the military. Although not required, aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians typically become licensed or certified.

Pay

The median annual wage for aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians was $58,390 in May 2015.

Job Outlook

Employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Job prospects will be best for mechanics who hold an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificate.