AETs inspect, service,
maintain, troubleshoot, and repair avionics systems that perform
communications, navigation, collision avoidance, target
acquisition, and automatic flight-control functions. In
addition, they inspect, service, maintain, troubleshoot and
repair aircraft batteries, AC and DC power generation,
conversion and distribution systems, as well as the electrical
control and indication functions of all airframe systems,
including hydraulics, flight control, landing gear, fuel,
environmental control, power plant, drive train, anti-ice, and
fire detection. AETs perform ground handling and servicing of
aircraft, and conduct routine aircraft inspections and aviation
administrative duties. They will also fill aircrew positions
such as navigator, flight mechanic, radio operator, sensor
systems operator, and basic aircrewman.
AETs are stationed at large and small Coast Guard air stations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. They work on HC-130 (Hercules), HU-25 (Falcon), MH-60 (Jayhawk), and HH-65 (Dolphin), HC-144 (Ocean Sentry) aircraft.
AET 'A' School teaches the Avionics Electrical Technician students entry level skills, knowledge, and concepts required to inspect, service, and maintain aircraft electrical, communication, navigation, auto flight, and sensor systems, as well as the electrical control and indication functions of all airframe systems including hydraulic, flight control, landing gear, fuel, environmental control, power plant, drivetrain, anti-ice and fire detection; fabricate and repair cables and wire harnesses; perform corrosion control and aviation administrative record keeping.
Proficiency in solving practical mathematical problems, a high degree of electrical and mechanical aptitude, and school courses in algebra, trigonometry, physics, electricity and mechanics are extremely useful, as is experience in the electrical field. The member must pass an aircrew-candidate physical and qualify for a secret security clearance.