Aerospace operations technicians

Make/maintain equipment used in new aircraft and spacecraft.

Job Duties

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians make and install the instruments that help pilots navigate through the air and astronauts and spacecraft use to navigate through space. Before anyone uses them, they test the aircraft and it's instruments and record and analyze data from the test. If something fails in the test, they adjust, repair or replace what failed.

Skills needed

Some skills needed including are active listening, critical thinking, operation monitoring, speaking, and complex problem solving.

Work Context

Face-to-face discussions, telephone conversations, and electronic mail are used quite often as an aerospace engineering and operations technician. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians also have to work in work groups often. The work environment is indoors and controlled.

Education Requirements

High school students interested in becoming aerospace engineering and operations technicians should take classes in math, science, and, if available, drafting and computer skills. Courses that help students develop skills working with their hands also are valuable, because these technicians build what aerospace engineers design. In addition, technicians should have a basic understanding of computers and programs in order to model or simulate products. The entry-level education required is an associate's degree.

Helpful inerests

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians have to use real world materials to design and figure out how to make the computers and instruments for aircraft and spacecraft, which has to do with realistic interests, investigative interests, some enterprising interests and some artistic interests. They also have to record and work with data, which has to do with conventional interests.

Wages, salary, and employment outlook

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians make an average of $29.58 an hour and have an average annual salary of $61,530. Little to no change is expected in this field.