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How To Become An Avionics Technitian?  
User currently offlineBahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1803 posts, RR: 11
Posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4899 times:

How one becomes an avionics tech. guy? As far as I know you don't need to have an A&P license for that, but I was wondering if there are schools or part time programs that one can get into.

Thanks..


Earthbound misfit I
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User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4865 times:

First, you learn how to spell "technician".

OK, all depends on what you want to do. If you want to work on the actual aircraft, your best bet is to get an A&P and then take the FCC test. Not that the FCC test has anything to do with aircraft (at least it didn't 16 years ago).

Some airlines allow avionics technicians to work on aircraft without A&P tickets, but that is usually a hangar environment and the airline has a repair stationlicense, so you are working under their ticket. To work the line you normally need an A&P.

The shop environment is entirely different. I don't know much about it, never worked shops, always line.


User currently offlineKc10fish From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

since you dont have any aviation back ground, join the military to get the back ground. if you dont want to do that get an A&P. but please note that the market is really depressed right now for techs.

User currently offlineBahadir From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1803 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4816 times:

Airgxs, sorry for the misspelling Big grin

Military is not an option. I was inquiring for a family member who I think will make a nice addition to the family business. He is too old for military. The goal is eventually to have an avionics shop in addition to the flight school/pilot shop.

Thanks for the replies though..



Earthbound misfit I
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4797 times:

His best bet would be to go to a vo-tech for Industrial Electronics, take and pass the FCC General Radiotelephone License test and, if possible, take a few courses from the avionics manufacturers you would be working with.

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineDalMd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2572 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4791 times:

ERAU-Daytona has a two and a four year program for Avionics. The two year can also be paired with your A&P for a four year degree. It is a good program but it isn't cheap.

User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4774 times:

After being an "Avionics" guy for over 20 years, the only advice I have for anyone considering getting into the trade, is to get a lobotomy.

That should take any of those crazy thoughts out of your head. You'll be much happier and the lobotomy scars will make you look like a pilot....

 Smile


User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4757 times:

After being in avionics for over 18 years, I say, go for it! I enjoy it, I've got a nice house, decent car, still married after 12 years. Works for me.........

User currently offlineAvioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4762 times:

Hey, I'm married again too so it can't be so bad.
There are a considerable number of schools with avionics curricula.
Start here
http://www.ultimateaviationlinks.com/apschools.html
As for going to a vo-tech academy I'd have to advise against it. The rules (FAR's) are not the same as for the air conditioning industry.
There is something to be said for the lobotomy idea, though...
I do know of a couple of community colleges and state run schools that have pretty good curriculums and I know of a couple of others that I'll never hire from again.
Be careful is the best advice you can get from anyone
 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
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