36-Air traffic safety electronics technicians

Job Title: 

Air traffic safety electronics technicians

Job Description: 

Install, inspect, test, adjust, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair air traffic control and air navigation systems.


Air traffic safety electronics technicians perform technical tasks concerning the design, installation, management, operation, maintenance and repair of air traffic control and air navigation systems. It may include installation, adjustment and maintenance of air traffic control communications, navigation aids (NAVAIDS), and landing systems. May also perform comparison checks on repaired equipment in accordance with test standards. Maybe required to be licensed, registered or certified to be permitted to work by a government authority, agency or approved certifying body.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • carrying out technical duties related to the development of electronic and computerized air navigation systems and equipment, and testing prototypes
  • providing technical help in the design and layout of specific interface circuitry of air navigation and aircraft detection tracking systems
  • preparing and contributing to the preparation of cost estimates and technical and training specifications for air traffic control and safety equipment
  • providing or assisting with the technical supervision of construction, installation and operation of ground-based air navigation equipment and its maintenance and repair to ensure that standards and specifications are met
  • applying the knowledge and skills of air traffic safety engineering principles and practices in order to identify and solve problems arising in the course of their work
  • developing, modifying and debugging system software
  • modifying existing ground-based air navigation systems and equipment to adapt them to new air traffic control procedures, in order to improve capability, reliability and integrity, or to facilitate air traffic control procedures and airspace designation
  • controlling, monitoring and certifying communication navigation and surveillance air traffic management equipment and calibrating the ground-based air navigation system to ensure maximum accuracy and safety of flight, take-off and landing operations
  • providing technical training and supervising other work

Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications

  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology; This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services
  • Avionics Electronic and Electrical systems and equipment - Knowledge of avionics electronic and electrical equipment and materials, equipment maintenance and troubleshooting processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective installation, repair and maintenance of electronic systems, installations and equipment
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models
  • Electronic Engineering Fundamentals - Knowledge of electronic engineering principles and concepts, theories, techniques and processes related to avionics designing, testing, modifying, troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining electronic and electrical avionics systems and equipment
  • Coordination of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of oneself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Time Management - Managing one?s own time and the time of others
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly measure and estimate exact positions
  • English (Technical) Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the engineering related technical English terminologies
  • Information Communications Technology - Knowledge and use of relevant engineering applications and programs
  • Team work or individual - job may require him/her to work alone or in conjunction with engineers, contractors, architects and scientists
  • Work Context: 

    Usually work regular hours, but may have to work weekends, shift work or be on call work. They work in airport related industrial and commercial environments and sometimes work in teams or individually. May involve work on new, part or old systems, equipment and components in hot, dusty, isolated or remote locations. It may require regular travel between various locations or sites to conduct work. There also may be occasions for extensive physical work to be performed.


    Diploma in electronic, electrical or avionics engineering, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and above

    Probable Employers: 

    Zayed Centre for Aeronautics, ADAC, Air Force, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Dubai Airports, Sharjah International Airport, Fujairah International Airport,related entity the Department of Civil Aviation,

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Above the industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Very good
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:Example of the occupations classified here:
    Air traffic safety technician - Air traffic safety engineer
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Aeronautical engineer - Electronics engineer - Aeromechanic - Aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics) - Avionics technician

    UAE Industry Groups: 
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    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi