Aeronautical and Aerospace Technicians


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Aeronautical and Aerospace Technicians

Introduction

Aeronautical and aerospace technicians design, construct, test, operate, and maintain the basic structures of aircraft and spacecraft, as well as propulsion and control systems. They work with scientists and engineers. Many aeronautical and aerospace technicians assist engineers in preparing equipment drawings, diagrams, blueprints, and scale models. They collect information, make computations, and perform laboratory tests. Their work may include working on various projects involving aerodynamics, structural design, flight-test eval...

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Median Salary

$67,010

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Internship


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Aerospace technology is a broad field, so earnings vary depending on a technician's specialty, educational preparation, and work experience. In May 2018, the median annual earnings for aerospace engineering and operations technicians were $67,010, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries ranged from less than $42,610 to more than $100,310 per year.

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Work Environment

The aerospace industry, with its strong emphasis on quality and safety, is a very safe place to work. Special procedures and equipment make otherwise hazardous jobs extremely safe. The range of work covered means that the technicians can work in small teams in specialized research laboratories or in test areas that are large and hospital-clean.

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Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts average job growth for aerospace engineering and operating technicians, aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics, and service technicians through 2028. There will continue to be opportunities for technicians as manufacturers seek to design aircraft that are quieter and more fuel efficient. Some jobs will be created in the emerging unmanned aerial systems c...

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