An aerospace engineering and operations technician has one main responsibility, which is to operate and maintain aircraft and spacecraft equipment. Their work is incredibly important because they prevent any malfunctions or equipment failure on aircraft and spacecraft.
They are in charge of quality assurance and testing of advanced technology equipment, using things like testing equipment or computer software that they must create themselves. Recently, many workers have begun specializing in 3D printing, an important aspect of the job. This job requires a lot of work, including meeting with engineers to discuss the details of testing, building, and maintaining test facilities, making the parts and systems that will be tested, and operating and recording tests that follow appropriate procedures. They must also monitor all the processes that go into production and installation of all aircraft systems to ensure quality and safety. While some work is done in laboratories and offices, a large part of the job is physically active work in manufacturing and industrial plants. Technicians will be on their feet helping to assemble aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. They may be working around potentially dangerous equipment or toxic materials.
An associate's degree in engineering technology is the best way to get a career in this field, although there are many certifications and special diplomas that are also helpful. Technicians must have excellent critical thinking skills and be very proficient in math and mechanical skills. They should be able to communicate well and should have a good eye for detail.
Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician Tasks
Calibrate and maintain testing equipment.
Test airline systems and determine functional requirements.
Inspect, service and prepare models, virtual test data and actual airline parts, equipment and aircraft.
Log and document all findings, particularly recommendations.