The role of an avionics engineer involves the engineering of electronics inside aircraft. It can apply to any object that leaves the ground, including missiles, satellites and spacecraft, as well as aeroplanes.
This page lists a number of recruitment agencies with knowledge and experience in filling avionic engineering positions across the UK.
To enter this field a candidate must normally possess a degree in electronics engineering. Applying this knowledge to aviation is often then learned on-the-job. However, there are some specialised degrees and Masters courses which focus completely on electronic and computer systems and how they are applied to aviation. Engineering skills, technical knowledge, cognitive ability and interpersonal skills are important qualities for the avionics engineer.
As aircraft have continued to grow in complexity, numerous fields of specialisation have appeared. The modern avionics engineer may find themselves working on cockpit displays, diagnostics systems, engine control, flight and autopilot systems, radar systems and communications and air traffic control systems.
There are numerous career opportunities to work as an avionics engineer in the UK, both on civil and military projects. Large employers such as BAe Systems continue to invest heavily in this country. Salaries can range from £35,000 to £70,000 and often come with a range of benefits.