Aircraft Technician vs Avionics Technician

Discussion in 'REME' started by Terminator1421, Jun 3, 2011.

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  1. Hi guys. I've decided to join the regulars after 2 years of TA service in REME. However, I want to train as either a Aircraft Technician or an Avionics Technician but I can't decide.

    I know the key differences are Aircraft Tech is more mechanical engineering, whereas Avionics Tech is more electrical engineering.

    Can anybody explain the differences between the two in terms of the daily roles, what would you do as one which the other would not do?

    Im trying to make my decision but am struggling as I like the sound of both. Is there any one of the two roles in particular which pays better in civvy street?

    I look forward to reading the replies :)
  2. No-one sure?
  3. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    one is hammer and spanners the other is soldering iron and oscilloscope, if your good with electronics then avionics if not then go for Air tech.
  4. Thanks. I havent done mechanical or electronical forms of engineering before so I wouldnt know what I was better suited to. What I did at college what Chemical Engineering.
  5. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    so you can learn then, avionics is the cleaner of the two, allthough aircraft are pretty clean except for the growly rocket thing making it go faster. its more formula based like you allready do with chemicals.

    you would be doing the after flying stuff so radar, weapons, counter measures etc... depending on whether they specialise you or not - careers office will get you a free trip if you ask them.

    however if you passed some of your chem stuff they might make you an offer which can use them,
  6. Thats probably the next best thing then. Go for a FAM visit and find out from the soldiers themselves.

    Unfortunately my chem work isnt much use outside of the industry for which I was training so I doubt it would be any use and besides the course was so poorly managed for the 4 years I did it that it put me right off anything to do with that particular industry.
  7. Grumble grunt are you a Tech?
    Terminator as a Blackie (Ac Tech) you will maintain the aircrafts mechanical systems regularly getting your hands dirty maintaining Hydraulic/flying control/fuel/transmission systems. As a Greenie (Av Tech) you will maintain the Avionic systems incl flying instruments, Flying control sensors (ie stabilisation systems), lighting, weapon sensors and radars. As a class two you will work under a supervisor of your trade group and as an individual when carring out Daily/Technical Flight servicings (basically pre flight inspection of the aircraft) you will be qualified to do both the Aircraft and Avionic parts of this servicing regardless of trade. After approx 3-5 yrs you will return to training and complete the Class one course, this allows you to work unsupervised and work as a supervisor to class two techs of your trade. You will also have the opportunity to further your training and become an Artificer. This role is more of a managerial role and with more in depth knowledge of the Aircraft will be involved with project teams that support the Individual Aircraft Platforms through its service life.
    As a Blackie there is the opportunity to work with the Navy either at a Naval Flying Squadron or in a specilaist role carrying out Airframe repairs to all Military Helicopters.

    The job is very rewarding and continually busy with two years to go including a stint with the Navy i would do it all over again.
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