Advanced Manufacturing Production Technician

Program description

The Aerospace Electrical Assembly Technician Career Program prepares you for an entry-level position as an electrical assembler in the aerospace industry.

Today’s aircraft are highly complex machines with hundreds of electronic components and miles of wiring. Aerospace electrical assembly technicians ensure that the electronic systems on modern aircraft operate at peak performance.

They prepare wiring layouts, select and install a wide range of electrical components, perform scheduled maintenance, and complete inspections. Repairing, diagnosing, and assembling the electronic components, they play a crucial role in ensuring worry-free flight.

Career Program summary

Number of Skills Courses 178
Time to complete 2.0 months*
*Completing three modules per day

Certification Opportunity

Students who complete this program have the opportunity of earning a nationally-recognized certification. Certification exams are delivered through our testing partner SpaceTEC®.

SpaceTEC is the National Science Foundation’s National Resource Center that promotes and educates candidates for technical employment. Its certification programs offer performance-based examinations that result in industry-driven nationally recognized credentials that reflect the competencies employers demand.

180 Skills / SpaceTEC Certifications are industry-recognized nationwide. These Certifications let employers know that you have attained the highest level of achievement in the subject matter.

The cost of the exams are included in the tuition for the Career Program.

Click the Body of Knowledge logo to view the full Certification Body of Knowledge.

Skills Competencies included in this Career Program

Income opportunity

According to the Manufacturing Institute (The Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond) over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled. The skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.

Aerospace electrical assembly technicians work in one of fastest growing industries in the United States where production is increasing and job demand is high. Employment of aerospace engineering and operations technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022.

Workers in this occupation work on many projects that are related to national defense, and therefore some jobs require security clearances. These requirements will help keep jobs in the United States.

Many aerospace manufacturers are reporting that over 50 percent of their current employees are eligible to retire, making this a great time to enter the profession.

The median annual wage for electrical assembly technicians is between $31,560 and $45,830.*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. May 2012.
O-net job code: 49-2096

Hiring industries

  • Air transport
  • Aircraft and parts manufacturing
  • Guided missiles, space vehicles, and parts
  • Satellite communications
  • Search, detection, and navigation guidance
  • Space research and technology