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Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Quick Facts : Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$58,080
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20128,700
Job Outlook-2% (Little or no change)
Employment Change-100


Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in testing new aircraft and spacecraft. They are responsible for making sure that testing goes smoothly. They also help in quality assurance, testing, and operation of high-technology equipment used in producing aircraft and the systems that go into the aircraft.

What Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians Do

  • Make sure that test procedures go smoothly and safely
  • Operate and calibrate computer systems to comply with test requirements
  • Record data from test parts and assemblies
  • Meet with aerospace engineers to discuss details and implications of test procedures
  • Monitor and assure quality in producing systems that go into the aircraft

Work Environment

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians usually work full time in laboratories, offices, and manufacturing or industrial plants. Some of these workers may be exposed to hazards from equipment or from toxic materials, but incidents are rare as long as proper procedures are followed.
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Job Outlook

Employment of aerospace engineering and operations technicians is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

The median annual wage of aerospace engineering and operations technicians was $58,080 in May 2010.
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Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

58080

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

71525.1724

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

-1.14943

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

13.188106742398492

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

An associate's degree is becoming increasingly desired by employers of aerospace engineering and operations technicians, although vocational programs that grant certificates or diplomas also offer good preparation.
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