Potential Career/Occupation Information

Aerospace Engineering Technician

Occupation Information table
Overview: Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
Duties: Inspect, diagnose, maintain, and operate test setups and equipment to detect malfunctions. Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms. Confer with engineering personnel regarding details and implications of test procedures and results. Adjust, repair or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment. Identify required data, data acquisition plans and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications. Construct and maintain test facilities for aircraft parts and systems, according to specifications. Operate and calibrate computer systems and devices to comply with test requirements and to perform data acquisition and analysis. Test aircraft systems under simulated operational conditions, performing systems readiness tests and pre- and post-operational checkouts, to establish design or fabrication parameters. Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments. Finish vehicle instrumentation and de-instrumentation.
Degree(s): A.S. Engineering Science 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2014 to 2024, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $38,000 to $44,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers prefer to hire someone with at least a 2-year associate degree in engineering technology. Training is available at technical institutes, community colleges, extension divisions of colleges and universities, public and private vocational-technical schools, and in the Armed Forces. Persons with college courses in science, engineering, and mathematics may qualify for some positions but may need additional specialized training and experience. Although employers usually do not require applicants to be certified, such certification may provide jobseekers a competitive advantage.
Recommended Skills:
  • Installing equipment, machines, wiring, etc. according to a set of specifications.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.

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