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(AE) Aviation Electrician's Mate

Aviation Electrician's Mates are responsible for aircraft electrical power generating and converting systems. They maintain lighting, control, and indicating systems and can install as well as maintain flight and engine instrument systems.

(AE) Aviation Electrician's Mate
Aviation Electrician's Mates (AE) are aircraft electricians. They maintain a wide range of electrical and navigational equipment in aircraft including power generators, power distribution systems,
lighting systems, flight instrument and fuel systems, temperature
and pressure indicating systems. AEs are also trained in computers
to support this state-of-the-art equipment. These technicians may
also volunteer to fly as Naval Aircrew. Aircrew perform numerous
in-flight duties and operate radar and weapon systems in turbojet,
helicopter, or propeller aircraft.

Duties performed by AEs include:
  • testing, installing and maintaining a wide range of aircraft instruments and electrical equipment including generators, motors and lighting systems;
  • reading electrical system diagrams;
  • maintaining aircraft compass systems;
  • performing electrical troubleshooting operations;
  • using a variety of electrical measuring equipment;
  • performing micro-mini module repair; maintaining automatic flight control systems;
  • maintaining inertial navigation systems;
  • performing as aircrew on various aircraft.
You cannot get the AE rating as a "guaranteed job" in your enlistment contract. Volunteers for this rating enlist in the Navy as an Aviation Sailor (AV), and are selected for either this
rating, or the Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) rating
upon graduation from the Common Basics Electronics Course at
A-School (job school).

Working Environment
Sailors in this career field will perform duties at sea and ashore around the world. At various times they could be working at a land-based aircraft squadron or onboard an aircraft carrier,
either indoors or outdoors, in a shop environment or in office
surroundings, and at a clean lab bench or in a garage-type
situation. They work closely with others, require little
supervision, and do mental and physical work of a technical

A-School (Job School) Information
  • Common Basics Electronics Course, Pensacola -51 calendar days
  • AE A-School, Pensacola - 79 calendar days
Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating
  • First Sea Tour: 48 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months
Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

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