Radar Mechanic

OFO No: 67102

Other names for Radar Mechanic:

  • Aircraft Mechanic (Radar)
  • Electronic Fitter (Radar)
  • Electronic Fitter (Radio/Radar) Ships
  • Electronician (Radar)
  • Radar / Radiotrician (Aircraft)
  • Radar Fitter and Repairer
  • Radar Mechanician (Aircraft)
  • Radar Technician
  • Radar Technician (Aircraft)
  • Radartrician
  • Radartrician (Aircraft)

What is a Radar Mechanic?

A Radar Mechanic is a skilled artisan who specialises in installing, repairing and servicing radar.

The radar systems could be found in:

  • Aircraft (planes and spacecraft)
  • Marine craft (naval and privately owned)
  • Military (army, navy, and airforce radar)

What does a Radar Mechanic do?

  • does routine preventative care maintenance (most important part of the job)
  • installs new components, replaces 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 etc is safe
  • keeps up to date with electronic systems etc

Are you … ?

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

How do I become a Radar Mechanic?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Instrument Mechanician 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 3, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Measurement, Control and Instrumentation Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate: Engineering Studies: N1, N2 and N3
  • These can be done at a lot of TVET (FET) colleges
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test


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Some Radar Mechanics train as Avionics Mechanical Technicians. They have an Electronic Engineering background. 

See Electronics Engineer on our website for more details.

Another path you could take:




OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Aircraft Mechanic … or … Chief Engineering Officer

Is becoming a Radar Mechanic the right career choice for me?