Avionics Installation Lead Technician
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 compelling innovation and opportunity within the world of avionics - particularly at Carpenter Avionics. Carpenter is an 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. Carpenter has served customers across the country and internationally since 1981, from its location in greater Nashville, Tennessee. SUMMARY OF THE ROLE: Carpenter Avionics now has an immediate need for an experienced Avionics Installation Technician Lead. The Avionics Install Lead, 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 Lead performs basic sheet metal tasks, such as drilling, riveting, and operates basic sheet metal hand tools. The Install Lead also may perform painting and finish work on instrument panels. This role reports to the Avionics Manager. This Avionics Install Lead 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 with one or two other team members from time to time to help others develop and perfect their avionics installation skills. Further, this person could potentially be supervisor when the Avionics Manager isn’t present and/or in a scenario in which Carpenter activates an evening or weekend shift. Key Responsibilities: • 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 & ATTRIBUTES: • Passion for aviation, learning, innovation and achievement. • Self-motivation and the ability to work in a self-directed way. • 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 & 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, supervisor or manager - with deep knowledge of Garmin, Rockwell Collins, Honeywell, Avidyne, 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. • Other Preferred Credential: FAA Licensed Pilot, preferably with an Instrument Rating. COMPENSATION: At Carpenter, each associate is a valued resource. Carpenter 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 generous company match. • Group health insurance and Health Savings Account (HSA). • Access to group life, short-term disability, and long-term disability coverage. • Reimbursement program for on-the-job tools. • Discounts on Carpenter Avionics products and services for personal use. JOB LOCATION: Carpenter 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 third most active airport overall in the state. Carpenter is located at 624-B Fitzhugh Blvd, Smyrna, TN. EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT: Carpenter Avionics is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity.