Need a career?
Want $50k per/yr? Maybe you should consider becoming an Avionics Technician. Please take a few minutes of your time, click on the following link below and read the information provided at the U.S. Department of Labor's web site concerning this career field.
After reading that you may be thinking; "Great, an average base pay of $50,000 per/yr for Avionics Technicians. That's a pretty good haul." And it is, but this is not all of the story...
You become an expert at what you do, and after a few years in the farm leagues you're hired by a great company with deep pockets. You pull in some good overtime and maybe a bonus or two, or both, and that $50k turns into $75-$100k per year. This would not be including all of the perks, i.e., retirement accounts, free continuing education, several weeks of paid vacation per year, etc... That's just about as far as you can go compensation wise in the States at this time as a technician. Anything more than that would probably be acquired through owning your own avionics oriented business. For a technician's job though, that's not a bad way to make a living, not bad at all.
In addition, in certain extreme operating areas around the globe, i.e., war zones, oil & gas fields, emerging economic zones, etc... that $100k can start pushing $200k. Why so much? It's because of the hazard pay, big bonuses, high per diem, etc...and when the IRS tax breaks are factored in for being out of the country for 330 days of the year...that $200k starts pushing $250K. You're probably shaking your head and saying; "No way". We know, it's pretty darn hard to believe, but nevertheless, it is possible.
We've seen an Avionics Tech's year 2005 W-2 (without the non-taxable $20,000 Middle East area per diem)... $157,536.13! A recent job offer received by our staff from a contractor operating in Europe needing Avionics Tech's... $108,114.76! And Uncle Sugar just keeps pouring the money in...as outlined in this 'aviation week' article entitled Contractistan.
But before you start backing the money truck up ala JC and yelling; "SIGN ME UP!" You need to ask yourself some serious questions. For starters;
- What the heck is an 'Avionics Technician' anyway?
- Where do they train and/or gain experience for those types of jobs?
- Do I need a license?
- What kind of tools will I need to do this type of work?
- Can I work in austere conditions under pressure?
- Am I comfortable with mathematics, could I pass a 'Calculus I' test or the like?
- Am I electrically, mechanically and technologically inclined?
There's not a lot of "whiz bang, spark shooting, neet-o-torpedo" kinda things happening on this website, yet, but spend an hour checking out our link page and you might just figure a thing or two out about how to become an Avionics Technician. Even seasoned pro's will find useful links in our collection of sites. And the best thing of all is that this information is being provided... free to all! You just need to get motivated and get started!
Yes sacrifices will need to be made. It will take guts. It will take brains. It will take many long hours, months, and yes, years. It will take money (hopefully not to much of yours), because it takes money to make money. Bottom line is this, if you're mentally sharp, physically fit, are not color blind and enjoy working with technology...you can do it if you want it bad enough!
We will be upgrading this site in the months ahead so you may want to stop in from time to time to pick up any new info. Also, if you have questions about the industry we will try to answer them, time permitting, or direct you to a source that will give you a hand. Just send your questions to us at the email listed at the bottom of this page.
The air vehicles pictured below are just an example of some of the platforms you could very well one day be employed to manufacture, maintain, modify or support. We wish you the best of luck on your journey!
The avnx.org Team.
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