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Become An Operations Technician

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Working As An Operations Technician

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Getting Information
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $56,340

    Average Salary

What Does An Operations Technician Do

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in testing new aircraft and spacecraft. Increasingly, these workers are being required to program and run computer simulations that test new designs. Their work is critical in preventing the failure of key parts of new aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. They also help in the quality assurance, testing, and operation of advanced technology equipment used in producing aircraft and the systems that go into the aircraft.


Aerospace engineering and operations technicians typically do the following:

  • Meet with aerospace engineers to discuss details and implications of test procedures
  • Build and maintain test facilities for aircraft systems
  • Make and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment
  • Operate and calibrate computer systems so that they comply with test requirements
  • Ensure that test procedures are performed smoothly and safely
  • Record data from test parts and assemblies
  • Install instruments in aircraft and spacecraft
  • Monitor and ensure quality in producing systems that go into the aircraft 

New aircraft designs undergo years of testing before they are put into service, because the failure of key parts during flight can be fatal. As part of the job, technicians often calibrate test equipment, such as wind tunnels, and determine the causes of equipment malfunctions. They also may program and run computer simulations that test the new designs.

Some aerospace engineering and operations technicians are beginning to specialize in three-dimensional printing, or additive manufacturing, as this technology becomes more common in the work they do.

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How To Become An Operations Technician

Many employers prefer to hire aerospace engineering and operations technicians who have earned an associate’s degree in engineering technology. Prospective technicians also may earn certificates or diplomas offered by vocational or technical schools. Some aerospace engineering and operations technicians must have security clearances to work on projects related to national defense. U.S. citizenship may be required for certain types and levels of clearances.


High school students interested in becoming aerospace engineering and operations technicians should take classes in math, science, and, if available, drafting and computer skills. Courses that help students develop skills working with their hands also are valuable, because these technicians build what aerospace engineers design. In addition, technicians should have a basic understanding of computers and programs in order to model or simulate products.

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians typically need to earn an associate’s degree or a graduate certificate from a community college or vocational–technical school. Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework and programs. Community colleges typically award an associate’s degree. Vocational–technical schools include postsecondary public institutions that emphasize training needed by local employers. Students who complete these programs typically receive a diploma or certificate.

The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses.

Many vocational and community colleges offer cooperative programs with work experience built into the curriculum.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians receive instructions from aerospace engineers. Therefore, they must be able to understand and follow those instructions, as well as communicate any problems to their supervisors.

Critical-thinking skills. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians must be able to help aerospace engineers troubleshoot particular design issues. They must be able to help evaluate system capabilities, identify problems, formulate the right question, and then find the right answer.

Detail oriented. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians make and keep precise measurements needed by aerospace engineers. Consequently, they must make correct measurements and keep accurate records.

Interpersonal skills. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians must be able to take instructions and offer advice. The ability to work well with supervising engineers, other technicians, and mechanics is essential because technicians interact with people from other divisions, businesses, and governments.

Math skills. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians use the principles of mathematics for analysis, design, and troubleshooting tasks in their work.

Mechanical skills. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians must be able to assist aerospace engineers by building what the engineers design. Mechanical skills are needed to help with the processes and directions required to move from design to production.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required for the job, certification is offered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Certification may be beneficial because it shows employers that a technician can carry out the theoretical designs of aerospace engineers.

Both companies and the FAA seek to ensure the highest standards for the safety of the aircraft. SpaceTEC, the National Science Foundation’s Center for Aerospace Technical Education, coordinates a nationwide program through community and technical colleges to help students prepare for certification.

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Operations Technician Career Paths

Operations Technician
Systems Administrator Engineer Project Engineer
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Maintenance Technician Chief Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Project Engineer Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Plant Manager
Manufacturing Director
14 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manufacturing Technician Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Operations Director
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineering Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Engineering Technician Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Operations Technician Demographics


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  • White

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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Carrier

  • German

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Vietnamese

  • Chinese

  • Korean

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Filipino

  • Cheyenne

  • Thai

  • Kazakh

  • Cantonese

  • Indonesian

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Real Operations Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Operations and Technology Vital Intel Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 05, 2016 $179,733
Director of Operations & Mems Technology Sand 9, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 15, 2014 $167,300 -
Director of Operations/Information Technology Netready USA, Inc. Weston, FL Mar 23, 2016 $167,000
Manager, Operations Technology Pacific Gas & Electric Company San Francisco, CA Jul 01, 2011 $146,433
Manager, Operations Technology Pacific Gas & Electric Company San Francisco, CA May 15, 2011 $146,433
Procurement Operations IT Relationship Lead AIG Employee Services, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Feb 15, 2016 $140,000
Manager, Operations IT HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jun 25, 2010 $140,000
FSO-PI-Insurance OPS Tech Enablement-Manager(Mult.Pos) Ernst & Young U.S. LLP Redwood City, CA Aug 08, 2016 $136,618 -
Director of Operations and Technology Vital Intel Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2015 $110,000
Head of Technical Operations IT Shire Human Genetic Therapies Inc. Lexington, MA Sep 02, 2014 $94,910
Manager, Operations Technology American Security Insurance Company Springfield, OH Jul 02, 2015 $88,000
Director, Operations and Technology Anfield Group, LLC Newport Beach, CA Oct 21, 2010 $82,008
Associate Director, Operations/Technology San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA Oct 15, 2009 $79,934 -
Lead Operations Technician Springbok Services Englewood, CO Jan 25, 2008 $78,033
Tech OPS Technician Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Newark, DE Jul 26, 2016 $70,000
Ad Operations Technician Cardomain Network, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 06, 2011 $68,000
Fabrications Operations Technician Adecco USA, Inc. Mountain View, CA Oct 14, 2014 $65,600
Operations Technician Box, Inc. Los Altos, CA Sep 24, 2013 $58,500 -
DIR. of Telecommunication Operations & Technology Quantum Exilient Incorporated San Andreas, CA Jun 02, 2014 $53,914 -

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Top Skills for An Operations Technician


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Top Operations Technician Skills

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Trouble Shooting
  3. Facility
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Followed company's safety procedures.
  • Coordinated and engaged in production instrument trouble shooting process.
  • Coordinated client production processes with facility Quality Control Team.
  • Provide professional customer service to Star clients.
  • Regulate or shut down equipment during emergency situations with limited supervision.

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