CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

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)
Aerographer
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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