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Avionics Technician

Avionics technicians inspect, modify, install, maintain, repair and certify the electronic equipment used on aircraft.

  • Avg. Salary $61,405.00
  • Avg. Wage $29.80
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
Also Known As

Aircraft Electronics Technician, Avionics Bench Technician, Avionics Line Technician, Mechanic, Service Technician

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Aircraft Instrument Mechanics and Technicians (2244.1);  Aircraft Electrical Mechanics and Technicians (2244.2);  Avionics Mechanics and Technicians (2244.3) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors (C144) 
  • 2011 NOC: Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors (2244) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

21%
21%
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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Avionics Technician is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Aircraft Instrument Mechanics and Technicians
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to adjust components to revised tolerances and to test instruments using electrical and electronic test equipment, micrometers, pressure gauges and vacuum-pump testers

METHODICAL

Interest in testing instruments to ensure that they conform to operating specifications

innovative

Interest in analyzing data from equipment tests to diagnose causes of instrument malfunctions

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Aircraft Electrical Mechanics and Technicians
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to test, overhaul, repair and modify electrical systems and equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in measuring voltage, current and resistance at specified locations when troubleshooting faults

innovative

Interest in analyzing data from observations of equipment in operation, by examinations of parts and from results of electrical tests, to diagnose faults

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Avionics Mechanics and Technicians
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to modify, adjust and test avionics systems and equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in ensuring that installation, maintenance, repair and overhaul of avionics systems meet established specifications

innovative

Interest in analyzing data from observations of equipment in operation, by examinations of parts and from results of electronic tests, to troubleshoot faults

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn More

Duties
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Avionics are the electrical and electronic systems on aircraft. Examples include communications, navigation and guidance systems.

Avionics technicians inspect, install, configure, repair, maintain and certify avionics. They may use drafting, design, and drawing software such as CADD programs when planning changes to aircraft systems.

Avionics technicians:

  • keep installed avionics in good working order
  • maintain and test systems in labs.

They may help others:

  • install, interface with, configure and modify systems
  • write technical documents
  • work with customers
  • make basic sheet metal parts
  • update many types of aircraft technical records
  • resolve problems with electrical, electromechanical and electronic parts and systems
  • follow and keep track of quality control guidelines.

Avionics technicians may work as part of a team or alone. They may take charge of a project, lab or specific system.

Working Conditions
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Avionics technicians work in labs, hangars and outdoors. They often work in small spaces inside aircraft. They may work shifts. They sometimes work out of the country and may be away from home for a few days, a year or even more.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Avionics technicians need to possess:

  • good writing and speaking skills
  • an ability to work alone and with others
  • an interest in taking more training as needed
  • good math skills
  • patience for solving problems
  • good colour vision
  • good skills with their hands.

They should enjoy analyzing complex data and using tools for precise tasks. They should be able to follow clear rules. They should be organized.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jun 11, 2018

In Alberta, avionics technicians need a related 2-year diploma from an institute of technology.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Certified Technician

Under general supervision, certified technicians undertake the routine application of industry recognized codes, standards, procedures and practices. They use established engineering, geoscience or applied science principles and methods of problem solving. Duties may typically include testing, troubleshooting, inspecting, calibrating, drafting, maintaining, modelling, compiling, estimating, surveying, ensuring quality control, supervising in the field and working in sales.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act (PDF) and ASET Regulation (PDF), you must be a registered member of the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) to use the title Certified Technician (C.Tech.). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Certified Technician.

What You Need

Registration requires:

  • graduation from an applied science, information technology or engineering technology program
  • at least 2 years of acceptable technical experience
  • 3 professional references
  • submission of a competency report, demonstrating at least 3 C.Tech. competencies
  • successful completion of ASET's Professional Practice Exam
  • demonstration of proficiency in English.

For detailed official information, contact the regulatory organization below.

Working in Alberta

Technicians who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified technicians in the 2 jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory organization above.

To learn about the certification process for internationally educated technicians, see Mechanical Engineering Technician Certification Process (PDF) on AlbertaCanada.com.

Contact Details

The Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
1600 - 9888 Jasper Ave.
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 5C6
Phone: 780-425-0626
Toll-free in Alberta: 1-800-272-5619
Fax: 780-424-5053
Email: asetadmin@aset.ab.ca
Website: www.aset.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jun 11, 2018

To find work, graduates of avionics programs may need to move to small or remote locations, such as in the north.

Most avionics technicians work with:

  • airlines
  • general aviation companies
  • federal transportation departments
  • the Canadian Armed Forces
  • ground-based communications and navigation organizations
  • maintenance, repair and overhaul companies
  • aircraft manufacturers.

Most companies have training programs to help workers improve their skills. Most technicians find work in their specialty. Some become supervisors or managers.

Avionics technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2244: Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors. In Alberta, 87% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Avionics technicians are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2244: Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors.

According to the 2017 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors occupational group earned on average from $22.71 to $38.22 an hour. The overall average was $29.80 an hour. For more information, see the Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors wage profile.

Aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $0.00 $0.00 $22.71 $22.00
Overall $0.00 $0.00 $29.80 $28.10
Top $0.00 $0.00 $38.22 $38.25

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

D: Lowest Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lowest Reliability, represents a CV of more than 33.00% and/or if fewer than 10 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 25% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

46%
46%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

21%
21%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

14%
14%

Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Electro-Technologies
    • Mechanics
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) website: www.aea.net

Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta - ASET website: www.aset.ab.ca

Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace website: www.avaerocouncil.ca

Transport Canada website: www.tc.gc.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Jun 11, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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