Summary Report for:
17-3021.00 - Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians
Operate, install, adjust, 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, 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
- Test aircraft systems under simulated operational conditions, performing systems readiness tests and pre- and post-operational checkouts, to establish design or fabrication parameters.
- Identify required data, data acquisition plans, and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications.
- Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.
- Confer with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures and results.
- Operate and calibrate computer systems and devices to comply with test requirements and to perform data acquisition and analysis.
- Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms.
- Adjust, repair, or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment.
- Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments.
- Finish vehicle instrumentation and deinstrumentation.
- Construct and maintain test facilities for aircraft parts and systems, according to specifications.
- Design electrical and mechanical systems for avionic instrumentation applications.
- Analytical or scientific software — Data acquisition software; Vibration analysis software
- Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD ; Dassault Systemes CATIA; Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS
- Data base management system software — Apache Hadoop
- Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access ; Microsoft SQL Server ; Oracle software ; Structured query language SQL
- Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW
- Enterprise application integration software — Extensible markup language XML
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software — SAP software
- Graphical user interface development software — Graphical user interface GUI design software; Graphical user interfaces GUI
- 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 — Apache Jmeter; C++ ; Oracle Java ; Python
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Job control language JCL; Linux ; UNIX
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Program testing software — Bugzilla; Hewlett Packard LoadRunner; JUnit ; Selenium (see all 5 examples)
- Project management software — Atlassian JIRA ; Microsoft Project ; Microsoft SharePoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Transaction server software — Customer information control system CICS
- 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
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
- Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
- Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operations Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
- Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
- Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
- Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
- Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
- Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
- Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
- Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
- Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
- Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
- Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
- Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
- Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
- Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
- Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
- Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
- Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
- Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Detailed Work Activities
- 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.
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 96% responded “Extremely important.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 95% responded “More than 40 hours.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 96% responded “Every day.”
- Electronic Mail — 86% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.”
- Telephone — 74% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 55% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 69% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 49% responded “Important results.”
- Frequency of Decision Making
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 60% responded “Some freedom.”
- Contact With Others — 21% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 25% responded “Very important.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 41% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Consequence of Error — 36% responded “Very serious.”
- Deal With External Customers — 32% responded “Very important.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 59% responded “Some freedom.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 34% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 52% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Level of Competition — 45% responded “Highly competitive.”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 36% responded “Very important.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 26% responded “Limited responsibility.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 32% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 37% responded “More than half the time.”
- Physical Proximity
|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)|
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- 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.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
- Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$32.97 hourly, $68,570 annual|
|Employment (2019)||11,900 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Faster than average (5% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||1,100|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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Sources of Additional Information
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- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society
- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Aerospace engineering and operations technicians
- Technology Student Association
- The American Society of Mechanical Engineers