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Aviation Electronics Technician (Advanced Electronics Field) AT 
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General Info: Aviation Electronic, Electrical, and Computer Systems Technicians work with some of the most advanced electronics equipment in the world and repair a wide range of aircraft electrical and electronic systems. Repair jobs can range from trouble-shooting the computer-controlled weapon system on an F/A18 Hornet on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier to changing circuit cards or tracing electrical wiring diagrams in an air-conditioned shop. Most of these technicians are trained in computers to support state-of-the-art equipment or on power generators and power distribution systems to support aircraft electrical systems. These technicians may also volunteer to fly as Naval aircrew. Aircrew perform numerous in-flight duties and operate radar and weapon systems in turbojet, helicopter, or propeller aircraft. Aircrew earn additional pay for flying. (See the Aircrew Program for details.)

What They Do: AV sailors attend common basic electronics training, after which they are selected for either the Aviation Electrician (AE) rating or the Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) rating. Depending on selection to AE or AT, the AV sailor will troubleshoot and repair some of the following complex electronic systems, employing the latest test equipment and procedures: digital computers fiber optics infrared detection radar systems electricity generation systems laser electronics navigation systems communications equipment electrical power distribution pressure indication systems electric transformers and circuits.

Detailed List of Required Duties

ASVAB Score Requirements: AR+MK+EI+GS=222 or VE+AR+MK+MC=222

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Security Clearance (SECRET) Requirement. 72 month obligation. Must be U.S. citizen.

Notes: All candidates must be high school graduates or equivalent with successful completion of 10th grade.

High school diploma graduate or equivalent. Must be able to type 40 words per minute. Must have no record of conviction by civil court for any offense other than minor traffic.

Technical Training Information: Enlistees are taught the fundamentals of this rating through on-the-job training or formal Navy schooling. Additional training for specific aircraft or equipment is generally received before reporting to operational activities. Advanced technical and specific operational training is available in this rating during later stages of career development.

Course Title Location Calendar Days
AT Common Core Pensacola 51
AV I Level Pensacola 103
AV O Level Pensacola 46
All Students attend Common Core, then break off into individual strands.

Aviation basic theory and basic technical knowledge and skills of electricity and electronics Group instruction School assignments vary with individuals. When training is completed, aviation electronics technicians may be assigned to naval air stations, squadrons, aircraft carriers or other aviation facilities in the United States or overseas. During a 20-year period in the Navy. ATs spend about 60 percent of their time assigned to fleet units and 40 percent to shore stations.

Working Environment: Sailors in this career field will perform duties at sea and ashore around the world. At various times they could be working at a land-based aircraft squadron or onboard an aircraft carrier, either indoors or outdoors, in a shop environment or in office surroundings, and at a clean lab bench or in a garage-type situation. They work closely with others, require little supervision, and do mental and physical work of a technical nature.

Opportunity Rating:

E-1 to E-4 E-5 E-6
3 2 2

1 = Currently undermanned
2 = Currently manned at desired levels
3 = Currently overmanned

Note: Levels are as of 10 December 2003. Subject to change without notice.

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Above Information Courtesy of United States Navy

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