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 Installation Technician, Avionics Technician, Avionics Test Technician, Electronics Technician, Engineering Technician, Engineering Test Technician, Flight Test Instrument Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Systems Test Technician, Test Technician
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | 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
- 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 ; 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
- 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.
- 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
- Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.
- Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.
- Inspect equipment or systems.
- Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.
- Document design or operational test results.
- Interpret design or operational test results.
- Operate computer systems.
- Maintain test equipment.
- Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.
- Fabricate devices or components.
- Install production equipment or systems.
- Assemble equipment or components.
- Design electrical equipment or systems.
- Document technical design details.
- Maintain mechanical equipment.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
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|
|17-2112.00||Industrial Engineers Bright Outlook|
|17-3027.00||Mechanical Engineering Technicians|
|17-3029.04||Electronics Engineering Technologists|
|17-3029.06||Manufacturing Engineering Technologists|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2018)||$32.22 hourly, $67,010 annual|
|Employment (2016)||12,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2016-2026)||Average (5% to 9%)|
|Projected job openings (2016-2026)||1,100|
|Top industries (2016)||
Manufacturing (47% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016-2026). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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