Related Civilian Jobs:
- Aircraft Electrician or Ground Handler
- Avionics Technician or Instructor
- General/Commercial Aircraft Avionics Inspector
AETs inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair avionics systems that perform communications, navigation, collision avoidance, target acquisition, and automatic flight-control functions. In addition, they inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot and repair aircraft batteries, AC and DC power generation, conversion and distribution systems, as well as the electrical control and indication functions of all airframe systems, including hydraulics, flight control, landing gear, fuel, environmental control, power plant, drive train, anti-ice, and fire detection. AETs perform ground handling and servicing of aircraft, and conduct routine aircraft inspections and aviation administrative duties. They will also fill aircrew positions such as navigator, flight mechanic, radio operator, sensor systems operator, and basic aircrewman.
Types of Duty:
AETs are stationed at large and small Coast Guard air stations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, and may be assigned to the Polar Operations Division in Mobile, AL, in support of icebreaking operations. These professionals work on the HC-130H and J (Hercules), HC-144 (Ocean Sentry), and the HU-25A (Falcon) fixed winged aircraft, and the HH-60J (Jay-Hawk) and HH-65A (Dolphin) helicopters.
The 26 week long AET 'A' School teaches the Avionics Electrical Technician students entry level skills, knowledge, and concepts required to inspect, service, and maintain aircraft electrical, communication, navigation, auto flight, and sensor systems, as well as the electrical control and indication functions of all airframe systems including hydraulic, flight control, landing gear, fuel, environmental control, power plant, drive train, anti-ice and fire detection; fabricate and repair cables and wire harnesses; perform corrosion control and aviation administrative record keeping.
Proficiency in solving practical mathematical problems, a high degree of electrical and mechanical aptitude, and school courses in algebra, trigonometry, physics, electricity and mechanics are extremely useful, as is experience in the electrical field. The member must pass an aircrew-candidate physical and qualify for a secret security clearance.