Avionics Technician

Job Description:

An avionics technician installs, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs electronic systems and components in aircraft for communication, navigation, and control.

Job Category:
Automotive & Aviation

What you will do:

As an avionics technician, you will be:

  • Installing and integrating electronic systems, instruments, and components into aircraft
  • Regularly inspecting, servicing, and ensuring the proper functioning of avionics systems
  • Diagnosing and resolving electronic and communication issues in aircraft systems
  • Repairing or replacing faulty avionics components to restore optimal functionality
  • Conducting tests to verify the accuracy and reliability of avionics systems
  • Calibrating avionics instruments and systems to ensure accurate readings
  • Installing updates and upgrades to avionics systems to improve performance and meet regulatory changes
  • Keeping detailed records of maintenance, repairs, and testing performed
  • Ensuring avionics systems adhere to aviation regulations and safety standards
  • Working closely with other technicians, mechanics, and aviation professionals
  • Being prepared to respond swiftly to avionics-related emergencies
  • Staying updated with advancements in avionics technology and industry practices


You will need:

  • knowledge in electronics principles, electrical engineering, mathematics and data analysis
  • knowledge in avionics systems, digital and analog electronics, troubleshooting, computer networks, basic software knowledge and aviation industry familiarity
  • knowledge in aircraft instruments, safety regulations, safety protocols, and tools equipment proficiency
  • knowledge in communication systems and technical documentation

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

While specific GCSE subjects might not be strict requirements, focusing on the following subjects can provide a solid foundation for pursuing a career as an avionics technician:

  1. Mathematics: Strong math skills are crucial for calculations in avionics systems.
  2. Physics: Understanding basic physics principles helps comprehend electronic systems.
  3. Design and Technology: Learning engineering concepts and technical drawings.
  4. Science: Knowledge of science subjects, like physics and chemistry, aids in understanding electronics.
  5. Information Technology: Proficiency in using technology and software.
  6. English: Strong communication skills are essential for documentation and teamwork.
  7. Electronics: A subject that covers fundamental electronics principles can be beneficial.

Focusing on these subjects provides a foundation, but obtaining specialized training in avionics maintenance or electronics through further education is usually necessary for becoming an avionics technician.

To become an avionics technician, you generally need the following qualifications and requirements:


A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required. Completing a post-secondary avionics maintenance program or an electronics-related program is advantageous.


Obtaining an avionics certification from an accredited aviation maintenance school is often required. Depending on the country, this might include certifications such as an Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certificate.

Practical Experience

Gaining hands-on experience through internships, apprenticeships, or entry-level positions is valuable.

Physical Fitness

Meeting the physical requirements necessary for the job.

Background Check

Some aviation employers might require background checks for security clearance.

Working Hours and Environment:

Avionics technicians typically work around 40 hours per week with varying shifts, often in hangars, maintenance facilities, or airfields, performing tasks ranging from routine maintenance to troubleshooting, while adhering to safety protocols and collaborating with colleagues.

Career Path & Progression:

A typical career path for an avionics technician often starts with entry-level roles, then advances to positions with increased responsibility, specialisation, and potential for leadership, such as senior avionics technician, avionics supervisor, or avionics manager, with opportunities to contribute to complex projects and aviation advancements.