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Avionics Technician TrainingStart a New Career in an Expanding Field
By Kyle Garrett
Avionics technician training is the key to one of the fastest growing fields in the aviation industry. Technology is constantly advancing and the level of avionics in even the smallest aircraft is constantly improving. Today, even a relatively simple trainer, like a Cessna 172, has avionics that would make airline captains of the past jealous. As adoption of these advanced electronics continues to increase, the need for qualified avionics technicians to install, maintain, and repair these devices also increases.
Where do avionics technicians work?
Most avionics technicians are employed by local repair shops, airlines, and charter operators. Additionally, some avionics technicians have also found success with aircraft and avionics manufacturers. The widespread adoption of advanced avionics in the general aviation fleet, including a large number of training aircraft, has created a demand for highly-qualified avionics technicians at virtually all levels of aviation. From smaller shops, which must now cater to the needs of a more advanced fleet of aircraft with glass panels and sophisticated integrated autopilots, to large-scale airline operations and aircraft manufacturers the career possibilities are endless.
What qualifications do avionics technicians require?
In general, many avionics technicians start with an A&P certificate. While it is not required by the FAA, most airlines and large charter operations only hire avionics technicians with an A&P certificate. Even so, considering the level of avionics-integration in modern aircraft, having an A&P certificate is very helpful as it allows a single technician to maintain items such as fully-integrated fly-by-wire control systems, that may include physical aircraft systems. Beyond the A&P certificate, advanced electronics training is required. The job of an avionics technician often involves repairing avionics so complex that the average person wouldn't even know where to find the electronic components, much less troubleshoot them. In the past, much of this advanced training was limited to military personnel and very high-level airline training, but now, with such advanced technologies available throughout the general aviation fleet, there are a large number of schools providing avionics technician training all over the country.
As technologies continue to develop and demand for qualified avionics technicians increases, avionics technician training opens the door to a rewarding and lucrative career. Whether you're looking for work at a small aircraft maintenance shop, with a large airline, or even an aircraft manufacturer, avionics technician training is the key to one of the hottest growing fields in the aviation industry.