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Avionics Technician

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
Summary Job Description Tasks
Install, inspect, test, adjust, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, navigation, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles. Set up and operate ground support and test equipment to perform functional flight tests of electrical and electronic systems.
Test and troubleshoot instruments, components, and assemblies, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, or voltmeters.
Keep records of maintenance and repair work.
Coordinate work with that of engineers, technicians, and other aircraft maintenance personnel.
Interpret flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and systemic performance problems.
Install electrical and electronic components, assemblies, and systems in aircraft, using hand tools, power tools, or soldering irons.
Adjust, repair, or replace malfunctioning components or assemblies, using hand tools or soldering irons.
Connect components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos, inverters, and in-flight refueling systems, using hand tools and soldering irons.
Assemble components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes, using hand tools or soldering irons.
Fabricate parts and test aids as required.
Lay out installation of aircraft assemblies and systems, following documentation such as blueprints, manuals, and wiring diagrams.
Assemble prototypes or models of circuits, instruments, and systems for use in testing.
Operate computer-aided drafting and design applications to design avionics system modifications.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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.
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.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing 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).
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).
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.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
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.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
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.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
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.
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.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
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.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Avionics system testing software Analytical or scientific software
Computer diagnostic software Analytical or scientific software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Maintenance record software Facilities management software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Word processing software Word processing software
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Alignment tools Alignment jig
Allen wrenches Hex keys
Audio power meters Power meters
Ball peen hammers Hammers
Center punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Circuit testers Circuit tester
Cold chisels Cold chisels
Combination wrenches Combination wrenches
Component test sets Integrated circuit testers
Crescent wrenches Open end wrenches
Data bus readers Protocol analyzers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Diagonal cutting pliers Diagonal cut pliers
Digital multimeters Multimeters
Digital oscilloscopes Oscilloscopes
Duck bill pliers Flat nose pliers
Electrical current meters Voltage or current meters
End cut pliers End cut pliers
Frequency counters Frequency counters or timer or dividers
Grounding equipment Grounding hardware
Hacksaws Saws
Hex wrenches Hex keys
Inspection mirrors Gauges or inspection fixtures
Laboratory binocular microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Ladders Ladders
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Longnose pliers Longnose pliers
Magnifiers Magnifiers
Megohmmeters Megohmmeters
Microwave power meters Power meters
Multimeters Multimeters
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
Nut drivers Nut drivers
Ohmmeters Ohmmeters
Personal computers Personal computers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Pin punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
Power drills Power drills
Power lifts Lifts
Programmable function generators Signal generators
Protective ear muffs Ear muffs
Radio frequency RF wattmeters Wattmeters
Resistance bridges Calibrated resistance measuring equipment
Respirators Respirators
Riveting tools Rivet tools
Safety goggles Goggles
Signal generators Signal generators
Signal simulators Frequency calibrator or simulator
Slip joint pliers Slip or groove joint pliers
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
Socket wrenches Sockets
Soft face hammers Hammers
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Spectrum analyzers Frequency analyzers
Steel rules Rulers
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Tension gauges Tension testers
Time delay reflectometers TDR Reflectometers
Torque wrenches Torque wrenches
Tweezers Tweezers
Utility knives Utility knives
Vernier calipers Calipers
Volt-ohm meters VOM Ohmmeters
Voltmeters Voltage or current meters
Wire crimpers Wire lug crimping tool
Wire strippers Stripping tools
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience Over 6 years, up to and including 8 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aircraft Armament Mechanic
Aircraft Electrical Systems Specialist
Aircraft Electrician
Aircraft Instrument Mechanic
Airplane Electrical Repairer
Airplane Electrician
Airplane Technician
Armament Mechanic
Automatic Pilot Mechanic
Aviation Electrical Technician
Aviation Electrician
Aviation Electronics Technician
Aviation Maintenance Technician
Avionics Electrical Technician (AET)
Avionics Electronics Technician
Avionics Installer
Avionics Manager
Avionics Systems Integration Specialist
Avionics Technician
Avionics Tester
Electrical Installer
Electrical and Radio Aircraft Mechanic
Electrical and Radio Mechanic
In Flight Refueling System Repairer
In-Flight Refueling System Repairer
Instrument Specialist
Instrument Tester
Missile Facilities Repairer
Mobile Electronics Installer
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Avionics Technician
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