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AETs inspect, troubleshoot, and repair aircraft avionics and electrical systems, including power generation, batteries, flight control components, and landing gear. You'll also fly as an aircrew, performing duties like navigator, sensor and radio operation, or hoist operation. AETs are typically assigned to Coast Guard air stations.

  • Excited to fly?
  • Able to meet aircrew physical standards, including vision?
  • Good at practical math problems?
  • Interested in electrical systems?

Aircraft electronic repair
Aircrew flight operations

  • AETs receive 24 weeks of blended on-the-job training at one of 26 Coast Guard air stations, in addition to in-class training at the Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, NC. You will learn about aircraft systems, radar theory, aircraft communications, electrical theory, and troubleshooting.
  • Advanced aircraft electrical, engine, and airframe specific training, as well as advanced training in helicopter operations.
  • Specifically, the Aviation Technology program is available to the AET rating.

  • Aerospace Engineering Technician
  • Aircraft Mechanic or Service Technician
  • Airfield Operations Specialist
  • FAA Inspector
  • Flight Engineer
  • Helicopter Rescue Hoist Operator