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Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians

Overview
Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Experience

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

Education

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Job Training

Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Examples

These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.

Operate, install, adjust, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $43K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $53K
Median Salary: $68K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $84K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $103K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Test aircraft systems under simulated operational conditions, performing systems readiness tests and pre- and post-operational checkouts, to establish design or fabrication parameters.

Identify required data, data acquisition plans, and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications.

Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions.

Confer with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures and results.

Finish vehicle instrumentation and deinstrumentation.

Operate and calibrate computer systems and devices to comply with test requirements and to perform data acquisition and analysis.

Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms.

Adjust, repair, or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment.

Construct and maintain test facilities for aircraft parts and systems, according to specifications.

Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments.

Design electrical and mechanical systems for avionic instrumentation applications.

Exchange cooling system components in various vehicles.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
Vibration analysis software
Computer aided design CAD software
Autodesk AutoCAD
Data base management system software
Apache Hadoop
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access
Development environment software
National Instruments LabVIEW
Enterprise application integration software
Extensible markup language XML
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Graphical user interface development software
Graphical user interfaces GUI
Graphics or photo imaging software
Microsoft Visio
Industrial control software
Computerized numerical control CNC software
Inventory management software
Inventory software
Object or component oriented development software
C++
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Operating system software
UNIX
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Program testing software
Selenium
Project management software
Microsoft Project
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Transaction server software
Customer information control system CICS
Web platform development software
JavaScript
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Terminal computers
Construction and maintenance support equipment
Scaffolding
Explosive materials
Pyrotechnic initiators
Fire protection
Fire extinguishers
Hand tools
Mill files
Industrial process machinery and equipment and supplies
Paint booths
Laboratory and scientific equipment
Annealing ovens
Material handling machinery and equipment
Overhead cranes
Measuring and observing and testing instruments
Planer gauges
Metal cutting machinery and accessories
Twist drills
Office and desk accessories
Protractors
Personal safety and protection
Purifying respirators
Pneumatic machinery and equipment
Air drills
Raw materials processing machinery
Shot peening equipment
Welding and soldering and brazing machinery and accessories and supplies
Brazing hearths
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Mechanical
90%
Importance

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Engineering and Technology
86%
Importance

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Mathematics
79%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Production and Processing
76%
Importance

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Customer and Personal Service
74%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Clerical
68%
Importance

Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

English Language
68%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics
67%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Physics
67%
Importance

Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

Education and Training
61%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Top 10 Skills
Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operations Monitoring
75%
Importance

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Quality Control Analysis
75%
Importance

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Reading Comprehension
75%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
73%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking
73%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Complex Problem Solving
70%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making
65%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Troubleshooting
65%
Importance

Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Monitoring
63%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Comprehension
80%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Deductive Reasoning
78%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
78%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Information Ordering
78%
Importance

The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Near Vision
78%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Problem Sensitivity
78%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Written Expression
75%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Flexibility of Closure
68%
Importance

The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

Top 10 Work Activities
Getting Information
93%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
91%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
91%
Importance

Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

Documenting/Recording Information
89%
Importance

Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

Interacting With Computers
89%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
86%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
86%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
85%
Importance

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
80%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
79%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Detailed Work Activities

Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment.

Estimate technical or resource requirements for development or production projects.

Inspect equipment or systems.

Confer with technical personnel to prepare designs or operational plans.

Operate computer systems.

Interpret design or operational test results.

Document design or operational test results.

Calibrate scientific or technical equipment.

Maintain test equipment.

Install production equipment or systems.

Fabricate devices or components.

Assemble equipment or components.

Design electrical equipment or systems.

Document technical design details.

Maintain mechanical equipment.

Work Context
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate

How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Electronic Mail

How often do you use electronic mail in this job?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets

How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

Time Pressure

How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls

How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

Work With Work Group or Team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Education
Majors
Major
Astronautical Engineering
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician
Aerospace Ground Equipment Technology
Air and Space Operations Technology
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
Interests
Realistic
96%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Investigative
86%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Conventional
72%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Enterprising
34%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic
24%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Social
19%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Attention to Detail
96%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Dependability
93%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Analytical Thinking
90%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Integrity
89%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Adaptability/Flexibility
88%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Initiative
85%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Persistence
85%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Independence
84%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Stress Tolerance
82%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Cooperation
77%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work Values
Support
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

Working Conditions
79%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Achievement
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
48%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.