Details Report for:
17-3021.00 - Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
Sample of reported job titles: Avionics Technician, Avionics Test Technician, Calibration Technician, Communication Technician, Electronics Technician, Engineering Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Spacecraft Systems Engineer, Systems Test Technician, Test Technician
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches
- Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers
- Bench vises
- Borescope inspection equipment — Borescopes
- Box end wrenches
- Calipers — Dial calipers; Digital calipers; Spring calipers; Vernier calipers
- Cold chisels — Straight chisels
- Combination wrenches
- Compasses — Dividers; Layout compasses
- Compression testers — Digital force gauges
- Coordinate measuring machines CMM
- Depth gauges
- Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses
- Eddy current examination equipment — Eddy current inspection equipment
- Explosive initiators — Pyrotechnic initiators
- Fall protection lanyard — Safety lanyards
- Farmers own file — Knife files
- Fire extinguishers
- Flat hand file — Flat files
- Flat taper file — Vixen files
- Flowmeters — Flow meters
- Force or torque sensors — Electronic torque testers; Force transducers
- Form tools or toolbits — Twist drills
- Gage block set — Gauge blocks; V blocks
- Gantry milling machine — Gantry mills
- Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus — Gas arc welding equipment
- Go or no go gauge — Go/no-go gauges; Plug gauges
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Gyroscopic instruments — Gyroscopes
- Hacksaw — Hacksaws
- Half round file — Half-round files
- Hammers — Soft face hammers
- Height gauges — Digital height gauges; Planer gauges
- Hex keys — Allen wrenches
- Hole gauge — Bore gauges; Small hole gauges
- Horizontal turning center — Computerized numerical control CNC lathes
- Impact hammers
- Infrared imagers — Infrared inspection equipment
- IR 192 radiography examination equipment — Gamma ray testing equipment
- Leak testing equipment — Bubble emission inspection equipment
- Liquid penetrant examination equipment — Dye penetrant inspection equipment
- Magnetic particle examination equipment — Fluorescent penetrant inspection equipment; Magnetic particle inspection equipment
- Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Terminal computers
- Manipulators — Hydrasets
- Mass spectrometers
- Metal cutters — Aviation snips
- Micrometers — Depth micrometers
- Mill saw file — Mill files
- Offset screw driver — Offset screwdrivers
- Open end wrenches
- Paint application system — Paint booths
- Personal computers
- Pneumatic drill — Air drills
- Power screwguns — Power screwdrivers
- Precision file — Precision files
- Pressure indicators — Pressure gauges
- Profiling and duplicating milling machine — Multi-axis mills; Skin mills
- Punches or nail sets or drifts — Aligning punches; Center punches; Drive punches; Pin punches (see all 5 examples)
- Respirators — Air-supplying respirators; Purifying respirators
- Rivet tools — Riveting tools
- Round file — Round files
- Rulers — Steel rules
- Safety harnesses or belts — Body harnesses
- Screwdrivers — Flat head screwdrivers; Reed and Prince screwdrivers
- Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine — Shielded arc welding tools
- Shot peen machine — Shot peening equipment
- Sockets — Socket wrenches
- Soldering iron — Soldering irons
- Spanner wrenches — Hook spanner wrenches
- Specialty wrenches — Bleeder wrenches
- Speed sensors — Accelerometer sensors
- Squares — Alignment squares; Tri-squares
- Straight edges — Straightedges
- Strain gauges — Strain gauge balances
- Taps — Bottoming taps; Plug taps; Taper taps
- Telescoping gauge — Telescoping gauges
- Thickness measuring devices — Snap gauges; Thickness gauges
- Thread counters or gauges — Thread gauges
- Thread repair kits — Split dies
- Tinners snips — Hand snips
- Torque wrenches — Digital torque wrenches
- Torx keys — Torx drivers
- Track cranes — Overhead cranes
- Traveling column milling machine — Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
- Turret lathe — Vertical turret lathes VTL
- Ultrasonic examination equipment — Ultrasonic inspection equipment
- Vacuum ovens — Annealing ovens
- Vibration testers — Shakers; Vibration tables; Vibration transducers
- Voltage or current meters — Voltmeters
- Welder torch — Brazing equipment; Brazing hearths; Welding torches
- Wire lug crimping tool — Wire crimpers
- Wire twister — Safety wire pliers
- X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray inspection equipment
Technology used in this occupation:
- Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Vibration analysis software
- Computer aided design CAD software
- Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft SQL Server software ; Oracle software; Structured query language SQL
- Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML
- Graphics or photo imaging software — Microsoft Visio
- Industrial control software — Computerized numerical control CNC software
- Inventory management software — Inventory software
- Object or component oriented development software — Oracle Java
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
- Operating system software — UNIX
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Interpret design or operational test results.
- Operate computer systems.
- Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
- Inspect equipment or systems.
- Maintain mechanical equipment.
- Document design or operational test results.
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Maintain test equipment.
- Assemble equipment or components.
- Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
- Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
- Fabricate devices or components.
- Install production equipment or systems.
|Title||Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.|
|Related Experience||A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.|
|Job Zone Examples||Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.|
|SVP Range||(7.0 to < 8.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|Not available||Master's degree|
|Not available||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Not available||Associate's degree|
This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|17-2071.00||Electrical Engineers Green|
|17-2072.00||Electronics Engineers, Except Computer|
|17-3027.00||Mechanical Engineering Technicians|
|17-3029.04||Electronics Engineering Technologists Bright Outlook|
|17-3029.06||Manufacturing Engineering Technologists|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2015)||$31.82 hourly, $66,180 annual|
|Employment (2014)||11,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Slower than average (2% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||3,200|
|Top industries (2014)||
Manufacturing (51% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Aerospace engineering and operations technicians . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition.