Navy Aviation Electrician’s Mate – AE

Navy Aviation Electrician’s Mate – AE


We need to know basically every system in the aircraft. Our primary job as electricians is to obviously read out wires. Anything the wire touches we have to familiarize ourselves with. Everything from engines, lighting, navigation, flight control surfaces. When we’re troubleshooting a gripe, the first thing we need to do is pull out the schematics. We need to see how the system itself works. What’s happening that’s not supposed to happen, and what’s not happening that is supposed to happen. So we can kind of trace through our diagrams and figure that out. And then we will take it out to the aircraft and basically assess what we see in the schematic versus what we see happening on the jet itself. It’s really cool because you can kind of do it on your own. Supervisor usually just watches you and stops you when you’re doing something wrong and helps you fix it. It’s something new every day. I get to see a lot of new places, I get a lot of new experiences with my job, being an electrician. I get to learn some practical skills that will be useful when I’m done with the Navy. You’re really gonna get the most out of your experience if you’re doing something you want to do. When you really take your time and focus, and figure out what you want to get back from the Navy.

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