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Coast Guard Enlisted Job Descriptions
Avionics Technician (AVT)
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Avionics Technicians (AVT) perform ground handling and servicing of aircraft and conduct routine aircraft inspections and aviation administrative duties. AVTs inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair all avionics systems that perform functions of communications, navigation, collision avoidance, target acquisition, and automatic aircraft flight control systems. AVTs also service, maintain, troubleshoot repair and adjust AC and DC power generation, conversion and distribution systems and aircraft batteries. Additionally, AVTs perform duties in the following Aircrew Positions: HC-130H Navigator, Radio Operator, Sensor Systems Operator, and Basic Aircrewman. HU-25ASensor Systems Operator, and Basic Aircrewman. HH-60J and HH-65A Flight Mechanic and Basic Aircrewman.

AVTs are stationed at Coast Guard Air Stations located throughout the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. AVTs are also assigned to the Polar Operations Division (POPDIV) in Mobile, Ala. in support of Ice Breaking Operations. There are two types of air stations, Large and Small. Large Air Stations have more than one type of aircraft and Small Air Stations have one. The aircraft types are: HC-130H Hercules, HU-25A Guardian, HH-60J Jayhawk and the HH-65A Dauphine. The HH-65A is the primary helicopter utilized in shipboard operations, AVTs assigned to HH-65A Air Stations can expect shipboard deployments for various periods of time.


Proficiency in solving mathematical problems. A high degree of electrical and mechanical aptitude. School courses in algebra, trigonometry, physics, electricity and mechanics are also extremely useful. Practical experience in the electrical field is also helpful. The member must be able to pass the Aircrew Candidate Physical. Members of the AVT Rating must be able to obtain and hold a Secret Security Clearance.

ASVAB Score Requirements: MK+EI+GS OF 171 (MINIMUM AR OF 52)


The Avionics Technician is a very intense and demanding program. This program begins with the Airman Program. The Airman Program is a four month training program at an operational air station. The trainee, designated as an Airman, has a course and training syllabus to complete and must receive the unit Commanding Officer's recommendation to proceed to the AVT A-School. AVT A-School is located at Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC) Elizabeth City, N.C. The course is five months long and covers basic avionics and electrical maintenance fundamentals. Upon graduation, the member is designated as an Apprentice. The Apprentice Program is directly linked to the AVT E-5 Performance Qualifications. Upon completion the Performance Qualifications, the member is designated as a Journeyman.

For advanced training, the Coast Guard has schools associated with each aircraft type. These courses cover the aircraft systems and provide troubleshooting skills to the member. The courses are taught at ATTC for all but the HC-130H. The Coast Guard also utilizes commercial training for advanced courses.

AVTs may also attend the Advanced Avionics Integrated Weapons Systems Maintenance Course (AAIWSM). The AAIWSM Program is 29-weeks of advanced avionics technology designed to support aviation billets requiring a high level of technical and supervisory expertise. The curriculum centers around Advanced Electronic Theory, Computer Theory, Communications, Navigation, Radar and Flight Control Systems interfaced through a mission computer. Special emphasis has been placed on system troubleshooting skills. Graduates of this program are expected to provide critical support to unit on-the-job training programs in developing junior personnel.

AVTs may apply for the Advanced Computer Engineering and Technology (ACET) Program. The ACET Program provides personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary to fill billets requiring a high level of technical expertise. This program provides up to 24 months of full time college attendance to achieve a degree in a Technology or Engineering discipline. The program requires selected members to complete at least an Associates Degree upon completion.

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Above Information Courtesy of United States Coast Guard

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