Being responsible for installing critical systems on spacecraft like navigation and radar is where avionics technicians come in. Explore the different specialisations within this career pathway.
What does an avionics technician do?
Avionics technicians install, inspect, test, adjust and repair electronic equipment on aircraft and spacecraft.
Avionics technicians work with the electronic systems on aircraft and spacecraft. These systems include navigation, communications, radar, sensors, guidance and control, and fuel and power systems. Avionics technicians are responsible for installing these systems and making sure they are functioning correctly.
What you’ll need to know and do
Avionics technicians need to be able to interpret electronic drawings, diagrams and wiring layouts. Soldering and wire harnessing skills are important, as well as the ability to use specialist testing equipment. Good eyesight is also necessary for the precision work involved.
Because there are so many systems involved in avionics, some technicians specialise in a particular area. Related job titles include:
- electronics technician
- communications technician
- instrumentation technician
- radar technician
- satellite technician
- simulator technician
- sensor technician.
Your study pathway
The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming an avionics technician:
- electronics and communications
- electronics and communications engineering
- aircraft maintenance engineering.
Some TAFE institutes also offer associate degrees in electronic engineering.