Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians work with the equipment used to test new aircraft and space craft to ensure that they are compliant with the required standards. The use of computer systems, processes and simulations is becoming more prevalent among Aerospace engineering technicians to improve the equipment maintenance, testing and quality assurance aspect of the job. Successful Aerospace engineering technicians are crucial in ensuring the accurate functionality of aircraft, spacecraft and missiles.
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians generally carry out the following duties:
Work closely with and discuss the details and testing procedures with Aerospace Engineers
Maintain and operate testing equipment and facilities
Make and install parts to be tested
Run computer simulations of test equipment
Troubleshoot problems which arise during testing of equipment
Ensure that testing equipment is calibrated and operating to the required manufactured standards.
Oversee the smooth and safe completion of test procedures
Record test data results
Carry out quality assurance for systems to be installed into aircraft
An Associate’s degree in aerospace engineering or technical and vocational education in computer programming or robotics and machining are usually preferred by employers.
In some cases, when working on projects surrounding national defense in the U.S., security clearance is required. The level of clearance may be determined by if the individual has U.S. citizenship or not.
Certification is not required but may prove beneficial. Certification is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The National Science Foundation’s Center for Aerospace Technical Education (SpaceTECH) prepares students for certification at various technical colleges throughout the U.S.
In order to test Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians effectively, employers usually administer the Math Business test and the Cognitive IQ test to determine the individual’s math skills, critical thinking skills, analytical skills and reasoning ability. The Eye test can also be administered to analyze the individual’s vision quality and potential eye for detail.
2018 Median Pay
|$67,010 per year, $32.22 per hour|
Entry level qualification
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)