systems, performance monitors, threat detection systems, weather radar, and a variety of other components and systems. Avionics technicians are specialized aircraft mechanics who work on these systems and equipment. Here are some of their main duties: • use circuit testers, oscilloscopes , and voltmeters to test avionics systems • assess flight test data to diagnose malfunctions and performance problems • repair or replace avionics systems • use hand tools and soldering irons to assemble components, such as electrical controls, switches, and junction boxes • consult documentation—such as blueprints , wiring diagrams, and product manuals—in order to install, maintain, or repair aircraft assemblies and systems • use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and design applications Employers Aircraft mechanics work for airlines and other aircraft operators; aircraft manufacturing companies; maintenance, repair, and overhaul establishments; government agencies; and the armed forces. Some mechanics work as aircraft inspectors, while others are employed as instructors at aviation maintenance schools. Some are self-employed. What It’s Like to Be an Aircraft Mechanic Most aircraft mechanics work 35–40 hours a week, but unlike someone in the business world—who might work 9:00–5:00, Monday to create avionics systemmodifications • install and update avionics software • keep records of maintenance and repair work


What Do Aircraft Mechanics Do?

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