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Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Record and interpret test data on parts, assemblies, and mechanisms.
    • Operate and calibrate computer systems and devices to comply with test requirements and to perform data acquisition and analysis.
    • Adjust, repair, or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment.
    • Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments.
    • Construct and maintain test facilities for aircraft parts and systems, according to specifications.
    • Design electrical and mechanical systems for avionic instrumentation applications.
    • Exchange cooling system components in various vehicles.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

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

    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Quality Control Analysis

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

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    6
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

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

    • Oral Expression

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

    • Written Comprehension

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

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

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

    • Engineering and Technology

      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

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

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    • Currently Employed 990
    • Yearly Projected Openings 100

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Welder torch
    • Vibration testers
    • Taps
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Calipers

    Technology

    • Program testing software
    • Operating system software
    • Object or component oriented development software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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