Adept at electrical and electronics engineering, the Electrical/Electronics Assembler essentially constructs and wires together a fully functional brain and nerve system for aircraft, all to be safely controlled and monitored in the cockpit by the pilot. Reading and drafting complex schematics, diagrams, wiring specs, and electronic/data bus protocols are second nature to the Assembler, who must always keep up with the most current developments, inventions, and improvements in this constantly evolving field.
An Electrical/Electronics Assembler builds, installs, tests, and repairs electrical and electronic components and materials, such as wiring harnesses; locate, track, and troubleshoot vital service systems like taxi/landing lights and Black Boxes. Some of the essential systems include the autopilot system, VHF radio, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), SD/IDG electrical power units, battery buses, air/ground switch-over circuits, fuel management systems, fire protection and warning systems, AC-DC conversion and management units, circuits, anti-ice systems, as well as engine and ignition systems, just to name a few.
Assemblers require skills in systems integration. Assemblers may also be required to operate machinery to make or assemble parts and products, to assemble parts by hand, to set up equipment, and to perform minor repairs to items rejected from the production line. The Electrical/Electronic Assembler is involved in the set-up and operation of tools and equipment as well as some semi-automatic processes.
Electrical/Electronics Assemblers are the lynchpin of aircraft functionality; in this digital and wire age; you simply cannot build a safe aircraft without them.
- Completion of Secondary School (required)
- Completion of a Basic Electronic Theory and Techniques program from a college or approved training organization (may be required for some positions)
- Training and/or experience in Aviation Maintenance (an asset)
- In-house training for specialist skills (may be available)
- On the job training (may be available)
- CCAA Certification (an asset)
- A high level of manual dexterity
- Must be able to work with others cooperatively and follow directives precisely
- Electrical Harness assembler
- Electronic/Mechanical assembler
- Equipment Rack assembler
- Navigation/Radar assembler