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

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.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15B Aircraft Powerplant Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15E Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15F Aircraft Electrician MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  Gap Analysis
Enlisted 15H Aircraft Pneudraulics Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 15J OH-58D/Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15N Avionic Mechanic MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 15R AH-64 Attack Helicopter Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15T UH-60 Helicopter Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15U CH-47 Helicopter Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 15Y AH-64D Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar Proponent FundedFunded  
Enlisted 94D Air Traffic Control Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94E Radio Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94R Avionic And Survivability Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted A9 CH-47F Helicopter/UH-60M Helicopter Qualification ASI other          
Enlisted U2 Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI most          
Enlisted U3 Hunter Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI some          
Enlisted U5 Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) ASI some          
Warrant Officer 151A Aviation Maintenance Technician (Nonrated) WOMOS other        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET)

Eligibility Requirements ()

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

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

Exam Requirements ()

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

Renewal Period: Lifetime

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

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT)
4801 Marine Creek Parkway
Fort Worth, TX  76179
Phone: (817) 515-7264
Email: carolynparise@spacetec.org

Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET)

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.

Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET)

  • 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

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 page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

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.

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