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Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data. Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.
Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms.
Confer with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures and results.
Adjust, repair or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment.
Identify required data, data acquisition plans and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications.
Construct and maintain test facilities for aircraft parts and systems, according to specifications.
Operate and calibrate computer systems and devices to comply with test requirements and to perform data acquisition and analysis.
Test aircraft systems under simulated operational conditions, performing systems readiness tests and pre- and post-operational checkouts, to establish design or fabrication parameters.
Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments.
Finish vehicle instrumentation and deinstrumentation.
Exchange cooling system components in various vehicles.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Computer aided design CAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Computerized numerical control CNC software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
Data acquisition software Analytical or scientific software
Inventory software Inventory management software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Vibration analysis software Analytical or scientific software
Accelerometer sensors Speed sensors
Accelerometers Accelerometers
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Air drills Pneumatic drill
Air-supplying respirators Respirators
Aligning punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Alignment squares Squares
Allen wrenches Hex keys
Annealing ovens Vacuum ovens
Arc welders Welders
Aviation snips Metal cutters
Ball peen hammers Hammers
Bench vises Bench vises
Bleeder wrenches Specialty wrenches
Body harnesses Safety harnesses or belts
Bore gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Borescopes Borescope inspection equipment
Bottoming taps Taps or dies
Box end wrenches Box end wrenches
Brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Brazing hearths Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Bubble emission inspection equipment Leak testing equipment
Center punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Combination wrenches Combination wrenches
Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines Milling cutters
Computerized numerical control CNC lathes Lathes
Concentricity gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Coordinate measuring machines CMM Coordinate measuring machines CMM
Countersinks Countersinks
Depth gauges Depth gauges
Depth micrometers Micrometers
Dial calipers Calipers
Digital calipers Calipers
Digital force gauges Compression testers
Digital height gauges Height gauges
Digital torque wrenches Torque wrenches
Dividers Compasses
Drill presses Workshop presses
Drive punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Dye penetrant inspection equipment Liquid penetrant examination equipment
Eddy current inspection equipment Eddy current examination equipment
Electronic torque testers Force or torque sensors
Fire extinguishers Fire extinguishers
Flat files Files
Flat screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Flow meters Flowmeters
Fluorescent penetrant inspection equipment Magnetic particle examination equipment
Force transducers Force or torque sensors
Forklifts Forklifts
Gamma ray testing equipment IR 192 radiography examination equipment
Gantry mills Milling cutters
Gas arc welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
Gauge blocks Gage block set
Go/no-go gauges Go or no go gauge
Gyroscopes Gyroscopic instruments
Hacksaws Saws
Half-round files Files
Hand files Files
Hand snips Tinners snips
Hook spanner wrenches Spanner wrenches
Hydrasets Manipulators
Impact hammers Impact hammers
Infrared inspection equipment Infrared imagers
Knife files Files
Lasers Lasers
Layout compasses Compasses
Magnetic particle inspection equipment Magnetic particle examination equipment
Mallets Mallets
Mass spectrometers Mass spectrometers
Master gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Micrometers Micrometers
Mill files Files
Multi-axis mills Milling cutters
Offset screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Open end wrenches Open end wrenches
Overhead cranes Track cranes
Paint booths Spray booths
Personal computers Personal computers
Pin punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Planer gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Plug gauges Go or no go gauge
Plug taps Taps or dies
Power screwdrivers Power screwguns
Pressure gauges Pressure indicators
Prick punches Metal stamps or punches
Protractors Protractors
Purifying respirators Respirators
Pyrotechnic initiators Explosive initiators
Reed and Prince screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Riveting tools Rivet tools
Round files Files
Safety goggles Goggles
Safety lanyards Fall protection lanyard
Safety wire pliers Locking pliers
Scaffolding Scaffolding
Scribers Scribers
Shakers Vibration testers
Shot peening equipment Shot peen machine
Skin mills Milling cutters
Small hole gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Snap gauges Thickness measuring devices
Socket wrenches Sockets
Soft face hammers Hammers
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Split dies Taps or dies
Spring calipers Calipers
Steel rules Rulers
Straight chisels Cold chisels
Straightedges Straight edges
Strain gauge balances Strain gauges
Taper taps Taps or dies
Telescopes Telescopes
Telescoping gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
Terminal computers Mainframe console or dumb terminals
Theodolites Theodolites
Thermocouples Thermocouples
Thickness gauges Thickness measuring devices
Thread gauges Thread counters or gauges
Torque wrenches Torque wrenches
Torx drivers Torx keys
Tri-squares Squares
Twist drills Twist drills
Ultrasonic inspection equipment Ultrasonic examination equipment
V blocks Gage block set
Vernier calipers Calipers
Vertical turret lathes VTL Lathes
Vibration tables Vibration testers
Vibration testers Vibration testers
Vibration transducers Vibration testers
Vixen files Files
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
Welding torches Blow torches
Wire crimpers Wire lug crimping tool
X ray inspection equipment X ray radiography examination equipment
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
Related Work Experience Over 10 years
On-the-Job Training Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerospace Mechanic
Aerospace Physiological Technician
Aerospace Technician
Altitude Chamber Technician
Avionics Technician
Avionics Test Technician
Calibration Technician
Communication Technician
Electronics Technician
Engineering Specialist Technician
Engineering Technician
Engineering Test Specialist
Field Service Engineer
Flight Data Technician
Flight Technician
Flight Test Data Acquisition Technician
Instrumentation Technician
Project Engineer
Radar Technician
Research Mechanic
Spacecraft Systems Engineer
Systems Test Technician
Test Equipment Mechanic
Test Technician
Wind Tunnel Mechanic
Wind Tunnel Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering Technicians
Benchmark Title: Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
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