Choice 4: Aviation Systems Tech

So I may have to remove one of my other choices after looking into this one: Aviation Systems Tech. It’s fairly similar to Avionics, except that it’s more…mechanical. So dealing with engines and that sort of thing.

Aviation Systems Technicians handle, service, and maintain Forces aircraft, ground equipment and associated support facilities. They’re responsible for the maintenance of aircraft aviation systems including propulsion, airframe, basic electrical, and their related components. They also perform the following duties:

  • Test, inspect and repair aviation systems
  • Perform quality assurance checks
  • Prepare and maintain aircraft forms and statistical data
  • Perform aircraft handling tasks which include:
    • Parking
    • Towing
    • Marshalling
    • Starting
    • Refueling
    • Cleaning
    • De-icing
  • Operate aircraft support equipment

As you can see, fairly similar to Avionics Techs, but less electrical. I’d still be happy with this choice as I like to know how things work and I like to tinker. Moving along, after BMQ, you begin the actual training ofr the job. Aviation Systems Techs attend training at the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering in Borden, Ontario. This training takes approximately 38 weeks and includes the following topics:

  • Theory of flight (fixed and rotary wing)
  • Common mechanical training
  • Basic electrical
  • Aircraft structures
  • Propulsion systems
  • Wiring and soldering
  • Aircraft servicing
  • Aircraft instrumentation
  • Aircraft publications
  • Aircraft safety
  • Flight controls
  • Hydraulic, fuel, brake and de-icing systems
  • Environment control systems

A lot of information, but I at least have a bit of knowledge thanks to my dad.

And of course, there is specialized training Aviation Systems Techs can do:

  • Instructional Technique
  • Aircraft Specific Type Courses
  • Aircraft Engine Type Courses
  • Life Cycle Materiel Management
  • Aircraft Fluid Handling
  • Corrosion Identification and Control
  • Technical Writing
  • Technical Inspection and Quality Assurance
  • Flight Safety Investigators Course
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