Avionics Technician

#1
After finally deciding to join as an Avionics Technician i have been given a starting date of November 5th.

Really looking forward to starting training but having been told by everybody how difficult the training is (phase 2) and how many drop out, i am a bit worried because as things stand at the moment i dont know even the basics about Electronics. My career advisor has told me that this isnt a problem, i am aware that we start Phase 2 with a basic Electronics course but i'd feel better if i pick a few things up before i start.


Could somebody let me know the subjects that would be beneficial to take a look at before starting.

Cheers

WSP

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#2
get the series of books by Greene on electronics..they are the bibles and simple to read and understand.

I was an avionic tech myself..don't worry they are able to teach a range of student level/backgrounds to a high standard quickly..
 
#3
Maths, maths and more maths. This is what trips up most of the guys before they even start on the electronics. If you didn't get at least a B at GCSE level then you will struggle. If you PM me with your email address I can send you some PDFs of the sort of thing you should expect. It's more civi than military but it'll give you an idea. However that doesn't mean that once you get past the maths that it'll be all plain sailing. Be prepared to spend a significant portion of your time studying.......hard.
 
#4
Don't bother trying to learn electronics or maths. Get fit, enjoy civvy life and worry about your trade when you get to Arborfield.
The instructers in the school are absolutely first rate and will teach you from scratch. Sure a base will help a little but you'll forget everything in no time doing it yourself.
If you want anymore advice about Arborfield then PM me, Im sure I have sent you one in the past but maybe you overlooked it! I guess for the next two weeks (posted yipee) Im a subject matter expert.
 
#7
After avionics in the army what did u do? Im going for avionics in september and want to know if i could continue it when i leave
I reckon ex Avionics Techs who have fixed Electronics things on Aircraft in the Army might be able to get a job fixing Electronics things on Aircraft out of the Army.

But what would I know?
 
#11
Often wondered, why is there any problem these days - when quals are fairly easily externally validated to common standards - in getting forces training recognised outside? We recognise doctors who qualified in India, so presumably can validate their quals. What's the issue with doing the same here?
 
#12
Often wondered, why is there any problem these days - when quals are fairly easily externally validated to common standards - in getting forces training recognised outside? We recognise doctors who qualified in India, so presumably can validate their quals. What's the issue with doing the same here?
The way licences work is that you need to have a level of experience on a particular airframe before being signed off, and then remain current on that. You can do your generic licence at your own expense, and lots do, but you have to be able to work on the Aircraft type and funny old thing, the Military don't own any Airbus 320s.

Also, consider the fact that its expensive and an 18 year old would do a return of service then leave the Army straight away.

Like what happens on 14 Sqn for the RAF (Beechcraft Kingair).
 
#13
The way licences work is that you need to have a level of experience on a particular airframe before being signed off, and then remain current on that. You can do your generic licence at your own expense, and lots do, but you have to be able to work on the Aircraft type and funny old thing, the Military don't own any Airbus 320s.

Also, consider the fact that its expensive and an 18 year old would do a return of service then leave the Army straight away.

Like what happens on 14 Sqn for the RAF (Beechcraft Kingair).
Cheers. Undestood, with reference to particular aircraft. I was thinking in terms of a got-for-life certificate rather than a renewable licence.
 
#14
After avionics in the army what did u do? Im going for avionics in september and want to know if i could continue it when i leave
You haven't even signed up yet and you are planning on leaving, are you sure military life will be for you? Capital letter might help your application but hey.
 
#15
No im wanting to stay in and do my time in the military i was just wondering if doing say 8 or 10 years and coming out would i be able to go into an Avionics job? No need to get cocky simple question that only needs an answer
 
#16
Please stop posting across multiple threads, I'm getting tired of chasing you around the website. If you want a personalised response just PM me, but at the very least keep it in one thread for simplicity and coherence.

I've done 23.5 years as an Av Tech, but I can't be bothered to respond to bone questions that could easily be answered yourself with a small application of thought and google.
 
#17
Sorry first time using this as u can tell, would you be able to tell me more about the quals i get as Avionics Tech? I want to do my time ofcourse in the military but need to think about what i could do when i come out? Many years ahead but i just want to find out, no matter what i google nothing comes up?
 
#18
Sorry first time using this as u can tell, would you be able to tell me more about the quals i get as Avionics Tech? I want to do my time ofcourse in the military but need to think about what i could do when i come out? Many years ahead but i just want to find out, no matter what i google nothing comes up?
I googled "British Army Avionics Technician REME Accreditation" and guess what.

This popped up.

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Hope this helps.
 
#19
No im wanting to stay in and do my time in the military i was just wondering if doing say 8 or 10 years and coming out would i be able to go into an Avionics job? No need to get cocky simple question that only needs an answer
You have a lot to learn. Good luck with you application
 
#20
What you need to look at is EASA Part 66 B2 licence.
That is the working qualification for licensed avionics techs.
All that Eng tech/I Eng is basically irrelevent if you actually want to work hands on with Avionics systems in civy street.
At the moment good B2 engineers are like hens teeth. No way to predict the future though.
Current salary in the UK with the airlines or offshore helicopters about 50K+.
Ex mil engineers are still in demand not just for technical ability but also for other important attributes such as turning up for work on time!!!!!
Get the training and the experience and I doubt you need to worry about getting a job in the future.
 

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