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Aviation Electrician's Mate

AE Community Overview (ACTIVE)

AE Community Overview (FTS)

 AE Career Path  

AE (FTS) Career Path

General Description 

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.

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; testing aircraft instruments and systems such as automatic flight controls, inertial navigation, and compass systems; installing changes, alterations, and modifications to aircraft electronics systems; performing micro-miniature module repair on computer circuit cards; using a variety of electrical measuring and diagnostic equipment; reading electrical system diagrams; repairing and maintaining power generators and electric motors.
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.


PAY 80 AR+MK+EI+GS = 222 OR VE+AR+MK+MC=222
Must have normal color perception
Security clearance required
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Notes: Visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20. When specified, uncorrected visual acuity must not be greater than that indicated (i.e. 20/100), and must be correctable to 20/20. Must be high school graduate.


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