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Aircraft: Career and Education Opportunities in Rhode Island

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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Rhode Island has a population of 1,053,209, which has grown by 0.47% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Ocean State," Rhode Island's capital and biggest city is Providence. In 2008, there were a total of 612,258 jobs in Rhode Island. The average annual income was $41,261 in 2008, up from $40,147 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 11.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 25.6% of Rhode Island residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Rhode Island include miscellaneous manufacturing, other miscellaneous manufacturing, and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Rhode Island Historical Society, the USS Saratoga Museum Foundation Inc, and the Governor Henry Lippitt House 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.