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Aircraft and Avionics Equipment Mechanics and Technicians

Career Overview

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on aircraft.

Education

Aircraft mechanics and service technicians typically enter the occupation after attending a Part 147 FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school. These schools award a certificate of completion that the FAA recognizes as an alternative to the experience requirements stated in regulations. The schools also grant holders the right to take the relevant FAA exams.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$36,760 /yr
$62,920 /yr
$97,820 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
  • Automotive Repair
Work Environment

Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians work in hangars, in repair stations, or on airfields. The environment can be loud because of aircraft engines and equipment.

Future Outlook

Overall employment of aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are expected to be good because there will be a need to replace those workers leaving the occupation.

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References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada