AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate

Rating Description

Aviation Electrician's Mates (AE) maintain electrical and instrument systems, including power generation, conversion, and distribution systems; aircraft batteries; interior and exterior lighting; electrical control of aircraft systems, including hydraulic, landing gear, flight control, utility, and power plant engine, flight and non-instrument-type indicating and warning systems; automatic flight control and stabilization systems; aircraft compass systems; attitude reference systems; and inertial navigation systems. For more detailed information, see the Rating Information Card, or see descriptions of programs associated with this rating.

There are 9 credentials closely related to the tasks performed in this Rating that may be attainable as soon as Class "A" technical school has been completed. Sailors can take advantage of these credentialing opportunities shortly following their initial training. Select "< 1 Year" for the "Experience after 'A' School" filter in the "Related Credentials" section below to view these credentials.

Voluntary Education

In addition to obtaining certifications in your field, voluntary education is another way to enhance job performance. Options for voluntary education include:

For help in making informed choices on schools and education programs when using tuition assistance, see:

Navy Learning Center Recommended Degrees for AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate

The following occupational-related degrees are recommended by the Navy Learning Center and are listed in the Navy Learning and Development Roadmap (LaDR) for AE.

Recommended Associate Degrees

  • Associate in Arts - emphasis in English composition
  • Associate in Science - emphasis in Mathematics & Computer

Recommended Bachelor/Master Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts - Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts - Human Relations
  • Bachelor of Science - Aerospace Management

Additional Information

Additional information pertaining to AE-Aviation Electrician's Mate can be found below.

The Aviation Schools Online website provides a list of schools, programs, and other resources that might be of interest to aviation professionals.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) / Joint Service Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification Council (JSAMTCC) Airman Knowledge Testing (AKT) Program allows active duty Military, National Guard & Reserve personnel, Retired Military, DOD Civilians, and Military dependents the opportunity to take the Mechanic (A&P) license written tests free of charge at certain locations. You must have FAA approval to test, to be eligible for this service. The listing of authorized FAA / JSAMTCC: Airman Knowledge Testing Center locations and their POCs can be found on the FAA website.

The Navy and Marine Corps Airframe and Powerplant (NMCAPP) Certification Program provides Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Mechanic, Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) licensure opportunities to all aircraft maintenance technicians. If you successfully complete the NMCAPP Certification Program and receive a Certificate of Eligibility from the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT), you may be eligible for Navy funding of the FAA Mechanic A&P examinations via a pre-paid voucher.

To enroll in the NMCAPP Certification Program, go to the MyNavyPortal website load and fill out the NMCAPP application. Fax the application to the number provided on the application form. Questions concerning program enrollment must be directed to the NMCAPP Program Office: .

Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature and explore more opportunities to get certified (click "Find" on the side of this page, go to the "Enlisted Search" section, then use the "- Select Collateral Duty -" drop-down list).

A BIBLIOGRAPHY is provided by the Navy Advancement Center (NAC) to document the REFERENCES used by a subject matter expert (a Navy Chief in the rating) as the basis for writing the items on the Active Duty and Reserve Navy Advancement Exams. If a reference has been updated since the exam was created and differs from the reference listed here, the information in the updated reference will be used as the basis for scoring the exam.

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