Avionics Mechanical Technician

OFO No: 672101

Other names for Avionics Mechanical Technician:

  • Aircraft Electronician
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Electrical)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Instruments)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Radio)
  • Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (Avionics
  • Aircraft Radio Mechanic
  • Aircraft Reconnaissance Electromechanician
  • Aircraft Weaponselectromechanician
  • Avionics Mechanician
  • Avionics Technician
  • Radio Mechanician (Aircraft)


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What is an Avionics Mechanical Technician?

An Avionics Mechanical Technician is a skilled artisan who specialises in installing, repairing and servicing avionic electronic components.

Some Avionic Mechanical Technicians may even work on spacecraft.

These components could be for:

  • Navigation
  • Communication (radio etc)
  • Radar
  • Instrumentation for avionic functions

What does an Avionics Mechanical Technician do?

  • does routine preventative care maintenance (most important part of the job)
  • installs new components, replacing old ones
  • adjusts and tests
  • reviews old maintenance records
  • keeps log books and detailed records
  • uses specialised imaging and digital diagnostic equipment for troubleshooting
  • makes sure the plane/craft is safe at all times
  • keeps up to date with electronic systems etc

Are you … ?

  • passionate about aircraft?
  • safety conscious?
  • accurate?
  • methodical?
  • responsible?
  • good with your hands?
  • observant?

How do I become an Avionics Mechanical Technician?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (Casting and Moulding) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (Logistics) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (Using Tools) NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate: Engineering Studies: N1, N2 and N3
  • Can be done at many TVET (FET) colleges


  • Certificate NQF Level 3 or Grade 11
  • National Certificate in Aircraft Maintenance & Overhaul (NQF Level 4)
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test



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Some Avionics Mechanical Technicians have an Electronic Engineering background.  See Electronic Engineer on our website for more details.

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OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Aircraft Sheet Metal Worker … or … Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic  

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