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Aircraft: Career and Education Opportunities in Massachusetts

Aircraft: Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians work to keep our aircraft safe and in the air. Along with Avionics Technicians, they are the work force that keeps the nation's fleet of aircraft flying.

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Massachusetts has a population of 6,593,587, which has grown by 3.85% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Bay State," Massachusetts's capital and largest city is Boston. In 2008, there were a total of 4,251,139 jobs in Massachusetts. The average annual income was $50,897 in 2008, up from $49,644 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Massachusetts was 8.4% in 2009, which has grown by 3.1% since the previous year. About 33.2% of Massachusetts residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Massachusetts include wholesale electronic markets and brokers, portfolio management, and navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Boston Sparks Association, the Gibson House Museum, and the Boston Fire Museum.


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Aircraft Mechanic

Aircraft Mechanics diagnose, adjust, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Aircraft Mechanics need to track and maintain equipment on an ongoing basis. They also need to diagnose and repair equipment and system in the face of problem and faults.
Avionics Technician

Avionics Technicians install, inspect, or repair avionics equipment, such as radar, radio, and missile control systems in aircraft or space vehicles. Avionics Technicians need to install equipment in line with existing requirements. They also need to diagnose equipment problems and failures.