The Avionics Technician supports aircraft operations by providing avionics line maintenance and bench-level component maintenance, installation and repair as is outlined under 14 CFR 145. Avionics expertise needs to be balanced with excellent customer service and strong business sense.
Duties and Responsibilities
Adjust, repair, or replace malfunctioning components or assemblies, using hand tools and/or soldering irons
Assemble components such as switches, electrical controls, and junction boxes, using hand tools and soldering irons
Connect components to assemblies such as radio systems, instruments, magnetos, inverters.
Install electrical and electronic components, assemblies, and systems in aircraft.
Interpret flight test data in order to diagnose malfunctions and systemic performance problems
Lay out installation of aircraft assemblies and systems, following documentation such as blueprints, manuals, and wiring diagrams
Test and troubleshoot instruments, components, and assemblies, using circuit testers, oscilloscopes, and voltmeters.
Assemble prototypes or models of circuits, instruments, and systems so that they can be used for testing
Coordinate work with that of contractors and other aircraft maintenance personnel.
Fabricate parts and test aids as required
Keep accurate and organized records of maintenance and repair work.
Utilize drafting and design software applications to design avionics systems and modifications
Set up and operate ground support and test equipment to perform functional flight tests of electrical and electronic systems.
High school diploma or equivalent
Preferable degree or certificate from an accredited two-year college, university or technical school in avionics maintenance or a related field , or equivalent military training, or prior OJT experience working as an avionics technician.
FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanics Certificate, OR. previous experience in general aviation avionics and should be immediately eligible for FAA Repairman status.
A minimum of 1 year avionics experience in design, installation, and must be able to effectively work independently
1 year of Avionics experience, preferably as an installer working in a Mod Center, MRO, or Back Shop. Military experience also accepted.
Will consider entry level grads with avionics college training programs.
Will consider previous avionics experience in other general aviation shops.
Additional Desired Qualifications · ·FAA Inspection Authorization certificate
Minimum 1 year experience in an FAA Part 145 Repair Station regulatory environment
Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it, follow a systematic and logical process
Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong.
Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications
Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems
Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed
Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems, ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly
Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools
Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job
Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
Western Plains Aviation performs maintenance primarily at its Greeley-Weld County Airport facility. Individuals considering employment with Western Plains Aviation must be willing to travel on occasion, work outside in inclement weather if needed, work overtime, and work on a weekends if necessary.
Push/pull aircraft using tow bar into resting position with hangar without assistance
Climb on and under planes maintaining balance without fear of heights
Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects (manual dexterity)
Keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position (arm hand steadiness)
Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or aircraft/vehicle to exact positions (control precision)
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects (finger dexterity)
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs (extension flexibility)
Visually see details at close range
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules
Visualize how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged
After taking something apart, be able to know exactly how to put it back together
Remember the work that has been done or needs to be done on individual aircraft to effectively multi-task
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended only to describe the general nature and level of work required of the referenced position; they are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of individuals in this position. Please be advised that duties and expectations of this position may be subject to change.
Western Plains Aviation is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability status, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including: recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.