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Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians

Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians
Quick Facts : Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$53,220
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012142,300
Job Outlook6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change9,100


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

What Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians Do

  • Examine aircraft frames and parts for defects
  • Diagnose mechanical or electrical problems
  • Measure parts for wear, using precision instruments
  • Interpret flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and performance problems
  • Assemble components, such as electrical controls and junction boxes

Work Environment

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. To maintain flight schedules, they must often meet strict deadlines. The work can be noisy from loud aircraft engines.  Workers must often bend, stoop, and reach from ladders and scaffolds. Most mechanics and technicians work full time, and overtime and weekend work is common.
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Job Outlook

Employment of aircraft mechanics and avionics technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020 as air travel gradually increases over the coming decade.
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Pay

The average salary of aircraft mechanics was $53,420 in May 2010.
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Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians

53220

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians

6.39494

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians

Most mechanics and technicians learn their trade at an FAA-Approved Aviation Maintenance Technician School. Programs usually last 18 to 24 months and provides training with the tools and equipment used on the job.
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