National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT)

Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET)


Credential: Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT)

Renewal Period: Lifetime

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT), Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) is NCATT's primary certification and is required for NCATT endorsements in the career field. AET certification recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. AET knowledge and skills include basic electronics facts, terminology, and principles, common maintenance practices, fundamentals of equipment maintenance, and aircraft fundamentals. There are no AET eligibility requirements. The AET written exam is open to all individuals regardless of career field, training, education or experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: Lifetime

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT)

4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, TX  76179

Phone: (817) 515-7264

Email: carolynparise@spacetec.org

Other REQUIREMENTS

The Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) credential has the following other requirements:

  • There are no AET certification eligibility requirements. The AET exam is open to all individuals regardless of career field, training, education or experience.

Written Exam

  • Introductory and General Requirements
    • Direct Current (DC) Basic Terms
    • Alternating Current (AC) Basic Terms
    • Basic Circuit Theory of Operation
    • Basic Circuit Troubleshooting
    • Basic Circuit Calculations
    • DC / AC Basic Circuit Measurements
    • Resistor / Color Codes
    • Resistor / Fault Isolation
    • Inductors
    • Capacitor / Theory of Operation
    • Capacitor / Fault Isolation
    • Transformer / Theory of Operation
    • Transformer / Fault Isolation
    • Analog Circuits, Devices and Switches
    • Power Supply Circuit / Rectifiers
    • Power Supply Circuit / Filters
    • Frequency Sensitive Filter - Theory of Operation
    • Wave Generation Circuits
    • Limiter Circuits
    • Digital Numbering Systems
    • Digital Logic Functions
  • Common Maintenance Practices
    • Hazards / Safety Practices
    • Hazardous Materials Handling
    • FOD Prevention
    • Technical Publications
  • Fundamentals of On Equipment Maintenance
    • Use Common Tools
    • Handling of Electrostatic Devices
    • Identify and Perform Corrosion Control
    • Use Safety Devices
    • Aircraft Wiring
    • Perform Wire Maintenance
    • Use Test Equipment/Special Tools
  • Aircraft Fundamentals
    • Aircraft Structures
    • Aircraft Handling and Safety

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

Testing for this credential is handled by Comira. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Comira website:

For more information on the National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET)

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) credential has the following recertification information:

  • The AET certification has no renewal requirements. A passing AET exam grade will automatically trigger lifetime certification.

    Additional information can be found on the NCATT website

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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This certification has been approved for promotion points.

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Star

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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ANSI

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ICAC

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NCCA

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IAS

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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