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s earning an aircraft electronics technician
Taking the exam
certification worth a technician's time, energy and
The AET certification exam is open to all individuals
money? Industry leaders say yes.
regardless of career field, training, education or experience.
"We've seen the AET certification used as
Technicians can test for add-on endorsements such as
a screening tool for job applicants and listed as a
autonomous navigation systems, dependent navigation
requirement in employment ads," said Mike Adamson,
systems, radio communication systems, and onboard
vice president of member programs and education for the
communications and safety systems. The main exam
Aircraft Electronics Association.
takes about two hours to complete. Allow extra time for
The certification can help technicians get hired
endorsement and training.
faster, proving to an employer that they are competent
The minimum passing grade is 70 percent, but there are no
in key areas. The militaries
limits on the number of times technicians
reward promotion points and the
can take the exam. Applicants must
Community College of the Air
wait 30 days in between each test.
ASTM International, which
Force awards five credit hours for
Endorsement exams can be taken in
manages the NCATT aircraft
achieving AET certification.
about four to six weeks after passing the
electronics technician
"We do favor an applicant who
initial AET certification test, once an
certification program, is a
has an AET," said Jack Shields,
NCATT ID number has been received.
standards organization that
avionics manager for Atlas Aircraft
Individuals do not need to retest to
develops voluntary technical
Center, an FAA-certified Part 145
maintain their AET certification - it is a
standards for materials and
repair station based in Portsmouth,
lifetime certification.
manufacturing, products
and processes, systems and
New Hampshire, that specializes in
Currently, the AET written exam
services in a wide range of
maintaining PC-12 aircraft. "Our
costs $125. Retaking the test costs
industries. Once known as the
highest preference is for them to
the same. Many aviation companies
American Society for Testing and
also have their A&P license, or
as well as the military assist
Materials,
ASTM
was
started
by
at least the airframe portion since
technicians in obtaining certification,
a chemist with the Pennsylvania
our department maintains our
either through additional training in
Railroad who wanted to set
PlaneSense fleet."
preparation for the test or paying the
standards for the steel used in
For technicians with an AET
exam fee, or both. The AEA often
fabricating rails to address the
certification, the pay is often higher,
offers free AET testing to attendees
frequent rail breaks.
and it creates opportunities for
at the AEA International Convention
future leadership roles, according to
& Trade Show. For details on what
Shields.
technicians need to know for the exam,
"From our perspective, it helps show
visit astm.org/CERTIFICATION/
that the applicant took the time to further their education,"
DOCS/217.NCATT_AET_Standard.pdf.
he said.
Comira administers the NCATT AET certification
AET certification testing covers hundreds of
exams, which are usually available at local colleges and
subjects, including basic circuit theory, troubleshooting,
universities as well as approved FBOs. Testing sites can
calculations and measurements; resistor/fault isolation;
be found on Comira's website at comiratesting.com under
knowledge about inductors, capacitors, transformers,
the "locations" menu. To register for the AET exam, call
power supplies and wiring; common tools and test
Comira at 800-947-4228.
equipment, and more.
In short, provided a technician can study up on his or
An airframe and powerplant certificate only modestly
her avionics knowledge without investing a lot of money
covers avionics and isn't up-to-date with quickly
(do steer clear of scams requesting large sums of money),
advancing technology, according to the National Business
the return on the time, effort and $125 exam fee is well
Aviation Association. Adding the AET certification to the
worth it. For example, if the AET certification helps a
FAA's A&P license and inspection authorization increases
technician earn even $3 per hour more, that's nearly
the earnings potential for aviation technicians, increases
$6,000 a year extra.
performance in safety and quality, and adds value to a
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service center's bottom line.
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