Avionics Installation Technician - Craftsman/Master Level
This is a rare opportunity to join a dedicated team committed to the highest quality workmanship, integrity and customer satisfaction, and to join an established company with renewed vigor and growth under new ownership.
There is a tremendous innovation and compelling opportunity within the world of avionics - particularly at Forge Flightworks. Forge is a multi-year, national award-winning authorized FAA Repair Station that sells, installs and maintains avionics systems for general aviation aircraft, including business jets, turboprops and piston engine airplanes. Forge has served customers across the country and internationally since 1981, from its location in greater Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, the company has begun to expand into aircraft interiors and more.
Summary of the Role:
Forge now has an immediate need for a Craftsman (Level II) or Master (Level III) Avionics Installation Technician. The Avionics Install Tech, under minimal supervision, removes and installs avionics equipment and electrical components, fabricates wire harnesses and terminations, troubleshoots installations, and completes functional testing of avionics and electrical systems. In this role, the Install Tech performs basic sheet metal tasks, such as drilling, riveting, and operates basic sheet metal hand tools. The Install Tech also may perform painting and finish work on instrument panels. This role reports to the Avionics Installation Manager.
This Craftsman/Master-level Avionics Install Tech will be experienced enough to work not only alone in a productive, self-driven way, but also would be able to act as lead/supervisor on his or her own aircraft projects potentially overseeing one or two other team members from time to time. Further, this person could potentially be acting supervisor when the Avionics Install Manager isn’t present and/or in a scenario in which Forge activates an evening or weekend shift.
- Demonstrate proficiency in reading and interpreting wiring diagrams, aircraft blueprints, and schematics.
- Wire, install, test, and verify operation of avionics equipment and accessories; identify and correct electronics failures in various airframes using hand tools, test equipment, technical documents, and technical reference materials; all the while communicating with co-workers and in some cases with manufacturers in a timely, effective way.
- Modify existing instrument panels or fabricate new panels; fabricate equipment shelves as required; and fabricate and install other hardware to support and enable aviation electronics systems.
- Assure that installations are done in accordance with procedures described in the company’s FAA Repair Station Manual as well as with FAA Regulations and manufacturer instructions.
- Use sound judgment and technical aptitude to make good decisions regarding job sequence and techniques, troubleshooting and discrepancy resolution – all in order to maximize quality and efficiency and adhere to agreed-upon deadlines.
- Operate with the highest level of ethics, integrity, safety and honesty.
- Be able to lift equipment and materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
- Be able to climb ladders, apply finger and hand dexterity in using hand tools, be able to move around the shop/hangar area and within aircraft continuously throughout the workday.
Key Competencies and Attributes:
- Passion for aviation, learning, innovation and achievement.
- Self-motivation and the ability to work primarily in a self-directed way with minimal oversight required.
- Ability to perform the most highly complex avionics installations.
- Ability to PLAN an avionics installation project and an ability to execute the plan with high efficiency.
- Superlative to exemplary troubleshooting skills.
- Superlative to exemplary ability to achieve aesthetically-pleasing and functional solutions.
- Willingness to work alongside others in the team - as part of the team - and lead by example
- Ideally, ability to lead/mentor others in team to foster their professional and technical skills development.
- Integrity, trustworthiness, work ethic, good judgment and dependability.
- Professional appearance, demeanor and presence; Customer service orientation, attitude and demeanor.
- Computer usage expertise, including MSFT Office & EBis line of business software (training provided for EBis).
- Compliance with company policies and procedures.
- Must be able to pass drug test, as required by FAA, and pass criminal/background check.
Education and Experience:
- Required Experience: Minimum of two years of work experience in a general aviation aircraft modification/completion shop.
- Preferred Experience: At least five years of successful avionics installation, repair or maintenance experience – preferably as a lead - with deep knowledge of Garmin, Genesys Aerosystems, Avidyne, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Aspen Avionics, Bendix-King and/or other leading avionics brands.
- Required Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
- Preferred Education: College / university degree or two years of accredited schooling in aviation electronics.
- Preferred Credential: Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) Certificate by National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT).
- Preferred Credential: FAA Mechanic / Repairman’s Certificate with Airframe and Powerplant Ratings.
At Forge Flightworks, each associate is a valued resource. Forge offers a stable yet exciting environment that has fostered a surprisingly long tenure for its team members. Contributing to this inviting workplace is a compelling overall compensation package that includes:
- Competitive wages with bonus potential.
- 401(k) retirement program with company match.
- Group health insurance.
- Company-provided group life, short-term disability, long-term disability coverage.
- Paid Time Out for unsurpassed work/life balance.
- Compelling set of ancillary benefits subsidized by company including: dental, vision, pet insurance and more.
- Reimbursement program for on-the-job tools.
- Discounts on Forge Flightworks products and services for personal use.
Forge Flightworks is located in greater Nashville, TN, known the world over as “Music City” – a vibrant and growing area offering an incredible quality of life. The Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport is the most active general aviation airport in Tennessee and fourth most active airport overall in the state. Forge is located at 624-B Fitzhugh Blvd, Smyrna, TN.
Forge Flightworks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity.