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Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors

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NOC:2244
Occupation:Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Aircraft and avionics mechanics and technicians install, adjust, repair, and overhaul aircraft instruments, electrical or avionics systems on aircraft.

This group also includes avionics inspectors who inspect instrument, electrical and avionics systems following assembly, modification, repair or overhaul. They are employed by aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul establishments and by airlines, the armed forces and other aircraft operators.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Aircraft instrument mechanics and technicians repair and overhaul, install, calibrate and test aircraft instruments.
  • Aircraft electrical mechanics and technicians repair and overhaul, modify, install and test aircraft electrical systems and equipment.
  • Avionics mechanics and technicians troubleshoot, repair and overhaul, test, modify, install and inspect aircraft electronic systems and components including communications, navigation, and autoflight equipment.
  • Avionics inspectors inspect and test aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics systems and ensure that the installation, maintenance, repair and overhaul of these systems meet Transport Canada and company standards of performance and safety.

Aircraft mechanics and technicians employed in repair and overhaul shops service and test electrical, electronic, and instrument components. Avionics mechanics and technicians working in maintenance hangars troubleshoot, repair, install and inspect aircraft systems and components.

Sample job titles:
  • aircraft electrician
  • aircraft instrument technician
  • aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) - avionics
  • avionics mechanic
  • avionics technician
  • electrical and electronics technician - avionics
  • instrument inspector and tester - avionics
  • instrument overhaul and repair mechanic - avionics
Skills:

For these jobs, you should be interested in technology and discovering how things work. Good mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, and patience are necessary. You must be able to work under pressure and be able to collaborate and cooperate with others as part of a team. Effective oral and written communication skills are also important.

Job requirements:
  • Aircraft instrument and avionics mechanics and technicians require completion of a two- to three-year college program in avionics or electronics.
  • Aircraft electrical mechanics and technicians require completion of a college program as an electrical or electronic technician.
  • Four years of on-the-job or company apprenticeship training is required for all mechanics and technicians in this group.
  • Avionics inspectors require completion of a two- to three-year college program in avionics or electronics and three to five years of experience as an avionics mechanic or technician.
  • Avionics inspectors, mechanics and technicians who sign maintenance releases and certify airworthiness require an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer's (AME) licence (category E – avionics) issued by Transport Canada.
  • Industry certification is available from the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council for some jobs in this group.
  • Avionics inspectors, maintenance technicians and mechanics may acquire further endorsements to their AME licence allowing them to inspect and certify a broader range of aircraft and avionics systems.
  • An AME licence can be obtained by fulfilling the education and training requirements as stated above and passing Transport Canada AME examinations.
Other considerations:

Progression to supervisory positions within specific areas of expertise is possible with experience.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 75% of Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $68,773. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors405xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum: $41,344
Median: $67,910
Maximum: $85,115
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time96%94%
Percent self-employed4%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and InspectorsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern2%x12%$30,581
Northern4%x16%$33,660
Cape BretonN/Ax13%$32,974
Halifax42%$57,92947%$41,209
Annapolis Valley53%$62,89813%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeAircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and InspectorsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-24N/Ax
25-3414%14%
35-4433%33%
45-5424%32%
55-6429%18%
65+N/A4%
Median Age4243
GenderAircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and InspectorsCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female6%20%
Male94%80%
EducationAircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and InspectorsCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax0.7%$28,107
High school25.9%x12.1%$35,125
Trades certificate20.0%$89,9266.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma48.2%$88,16033.7%$52,476
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree5.9%x29.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax2.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/Ax9.7%$37,706
DoctorateN/Ax1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Air Transport Association of Canada
255 Albert Street, Suite 700
Ottawa, ON K1P 6A9
Tel: (613) 233-7727
Fax: (613) 230-8648
atac@atac.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Electrical, electronic and communications engineering technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Electromechanical and instrumentation and maintenance technologies/technicians - Other
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Electromechanical and Instrumentation and Maintenance Technologies/Technicians.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Industrial electronics technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to assemble, install, operate, maintain, and repair electrical/electronic equipment used in industry and manufacturing. These programs include courses in installing, maintaining and testing various types of equipment.
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Apprenticeship Training
Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
Program Name:Instrumentation technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in developing control and measurement systems and procedures. These programs include courses in instrumentation design and maintenance, calibration, design and production testing and scheduling, automated equipment functions, applications to specific industrial tasks, and report preparation.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
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