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Avionics Technician CareersWho's Hiring?
By Kyle Garrett
Avionics technicians are one of the fastest growing fields in the aviation sector. As technologies advance so do the level of avionics in even the smallest aircraft such that now, even a relatively simple trainer, like a Cessna 172, has avionics on par with airliners from only decades ago. With such a widespread adoption of advanced electronics comes the need to install, maintain, and repair these devices. The bottom line is, avionics technicians are in high demand. The question that remains is, who's hiring?
FBOs and Local Shops
As previously mentioned, the widespread adoption of advanced avionics in the general aviation and training aircraft fleet has created a demand for highly-qualified avionics technicians at FBOs and small local shops. These smaller shops must now cater to the needs of a more advanced fleet of aircraft sporting glass panels and sophisticated autopilots on par with the airliners of past decades.
Airlines and Charter Operators
Airlines and charter operators are still employ a large number of avionics technicians, but just as the avionics in the general aviation fleet have advanced, so have the avionics in modern airliners and corporate aircraft. Many of these aircraft have very avionics, such as fully-integrated fly-by-wire control systems, so complex that the average person wouldn't even know where to find the electronic components, much less troubleshoot them. Unfortunately, even the most advanced avionics still require maintenance and occasional repair. That's where avionics technician training comes in. In addition to dealing with more-sophisticated avionics, avionics technicians for airlines and most charter operators would be expected to possess an A&P certificate.
One group that is often overlooked when it comes to avionics technician careers is aircraft manufacturers and avionics manufacturers. While avionics manufacturers are likely to want someone with electronics engineering credentials given their more experimental nature, aircraft manufacturers employ a healthy population of avionics technicians. From installation during the manufacturing process to testing new packages for future aircraft models, the aircraft manufacturers need the specialized skills of trained avionics technicians in order to keep up with advances in technology.
As long as technologies continue to develop, the demand for qualified avionics technicians will increase. So whether you're seeking a career at a local aircraft maintenance shop, with an airline, or with a manufacturer, avionics technician training is the key to a rewarding and potentially lucrative career in one of the hottest growing fields.