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    Hey everyone,
    I have a question about becoming an avionics technician. Do I need to go through the A&P training, get the license from FAA and then get into avionics ? Or I can get the proper training in avionics and get a certificate or license and start working in this field ?
    I really appreciate your advice and opinions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vick120 View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I have a question about becoming an avionics technician. Do I need to go through the A&P training, get the license from FAA and then get into avionics ? Or I can get the proper training in avionics and get a certificate or license and start working in this field ?
    I really appreciate your advice and opinions
    Avionics is a small part of maintenance, usually about 5% of the workforce. Line maintenance will do a lot of avionics work along with everything else. You will have a lot more opportunities if you start as a mechanic and move into electrical work.

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    Thanks for your response, honestly Iím 32 years old and just got tired of my job in a convenient store for 5 years. I donít have any other career and have been here in the states for 6 years now. So Iím trying to get some kind of fast paced training just to start a job.
    I found a training school here in Orlando florida that offers a seven months training, twice a week, for a decent amount of money. They said they are designated to do the FCC exams and give me a license issued from the FCC.
    The question is, do you think with possession of such a license I can get a job in this field and consider that I have a career ? Letís say I found a job, you think I can gain enough experience in mechanics while working in avionics to enable me for A&P license ?
    Sorry for making it long but Iím desperate to talking to someone experienced and get information before making my decision.
    Thanks again for your time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vick120 View Post
    Thanks for your response, honestly I’m 32 years old and just got tired of my job in a convenient store for 5 years. I don’t have any other career and have been here in the states for 6 years now. So I’m trying to get some kind of fast paced training just to start a job.
    I found a training school here in Orlando florida that offers a seven months training, twice a week, for a decent amount of money. They said they are designated to do the FCC exams and give me a license issued from the FCC.
    The question is, do you think with possession of such a license I can get a job in this field and consider that I have a career ? Let’s say I found a job, you think I can gain enough experience in mechanics while working in avionics to enable me for A&P license ?
    Sorry for making it long but I’m desperate to talking to someone experienced and get information before making my decision.
    Thanks again for your time.
    An A&P is 10x more marketable than a FCC license. You are not required to log any time for experience, some people work under many mechanics so a log helps convince the final one to write a letter of recommendation. At the same time some FSDOs want to see some kind of experience documentation, it just depends on who you walk up to. Schools however ARE required to log students time and performance. Experience signoffs come from relatives or friends helping someone out of attending school. If you are an immigrant, some shops are ethnically oriented so you may be able to get into the industry that way.
    Last edited by kevbo; 02-08-2018 at 09:58 PM.

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    Get your A&P. Most of us get the A&P and then learn the electrical and avionics part on the job. I can troubleshoot TCAS SQKs way better than some kid outta school.

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    If you really want your GROL FCC license I'd buy a book and find the local HAM club, many offer free or cheap study groups and test prep. You can also take the exam with them.