SpaceTEC

Certified Aerospace Technician Core


Credential: Certified Aerospace Technician Core  GI Bill resource  ICAC resource
Credentialing Agency: SpaceTEC

Renewal Period: 3 years

SpaceTEC, Certified Aerospace Technician Core is an entry-level certification that covers general knowledge in the areas of introduction to aerospace, applied mechanics, basic electricity, test and measurements, materials and processes, and aerospace safety. To earn the Certified Aerospace Technician Core certification, applicants must meet at least one of the eligibility criteria and pass both a written exam and a practical exam. Applicants who do not receive a satisfactory score on the written exam will also be required to pass an oral exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Aerospace Technician Core

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 2 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

SpaceTEC

7099 N. Atlantic Avenue
Suite 300
Cape Canaveral, FL  32920

Phone: (321)730-1020

Fax: (321)890-0016
Contact Page

Education/Training and/or Experience REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have a two-year technical college program degree
  • Have or had a two-year technical military assignment
  • Hold the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe/Powerplant certificate
  • Have two or more years of on the job training and experience in the Aerospace industry

Written Exam

Applicants who score less than 70% in any of the written exam subject areas (maximum of two), will be required to pass an oral exam on the subject area(s) for which the applicant scored less than 70%.

  • Introduction to Aerospace
    • Regulations and Controls
    • Clean Room, Contamination and FOD
    • Ethics
    • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Aerospace Safety
    • Toxic and Hazardous Substances
    • Personal Protection Equipment
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention
    • Platforms
    • Occupational Health and Environment
    • Walking Surfaces
  • Applied Mechanics
    • Machine Shop Safety
    • Non-Cutting Hand Tools
    • Cutting Hand Tools
    • Drill Presses, Twist Drills, Drilling Speeds and Feeds, Drilling Holes
    • Basic Measurement
    • Basic Calculations (Metric to Standard, Ratios, Volume, Area, Dimensions)
    • Micrometers
    • Calipers
    • Hardware and Materials Identification
    • Blueprint Reading and Interpretation
    • Interpret Technical Drawings and Schematics
  • Basic Electricity
    • Electric Safety
    • Metric Notation
    • Atomic Structure
    • Resistors
    • Switches
    • Schematic Reading
    • AC/DC Circuits
    • Theory
    • Laws
  • Materials and Processes I and II
    • Metallurgy
    • Metallurgical Processes
    • Mechanical Behavior
    • Conventional Mechanical Testing
    • Corrosion
    • Corrosion Forms, Causes, Prevention
    • Corrosion Control
    • Non-Metallic Materials
    • Composite Materials
    • Structural Characteristics
    • Solid Core Structures, Molds, Moldless Wet Lay-up Techniques
    • Hollow Structures and Mold Making
    • Vacuum Bagging
  • Tests and Measurements
    • Inspection Requirements and Planning
    • Accuracy, Precision and Tolerances
    • Mechanical Measuring Inspection
    • Mechanical Surface Plate Inspection
    • Electrical /Electronic Measurements
    • Electrical Pressure/Flow/Temperature Measurement
    • Force/Strain/Torque/Vibration Measurement
    • Non-Destructive Examination
    • Surface Flaw Inspection
    • Electromagnetic Techniques
    • Radiographic Techniques

Oral Exam Requirement

  • Applicants who score less than 70% in any of the written exam subject areas (maximum of two), will be required to pass an oral exam on the subject area(s) for which the applicant scored less than 70%. The written exam subject areas are the following:

    • Introduction to Aerospace
    • Aerospace Safety
    • Applied Mechanics
    • Basic Electricity
    • Materials and Processes I and II
    • Test & Measurements

Practical Exam

A practical performance-based skills exam that consists of ten practical hands-on exercises is administered by a trained and certified SpaceTEC Examiner (STE). Practical testing is administered using common aerospace processes, tools, and materials in the following areas:

  • Introduction to Aerospace
  • Aerospace Safety
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Materials and Processes I and II
  • Basic Electricity
  • Tests and Measurements

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Aerospace Technician Core examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Aerospace Technician Core

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Aerospace Technician Core credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Certified Aerospace Technician Core certification is valid for three years. To recertify, certification holders must document aerospace technical core employment in at least 12 of the prior 36 months on a Work Verification Form and pay a work verification fee or accumulate a minimum of 18 Alternate Recertification Credits (ARCs) and pay an alternate method fee or pass an equivalent knowledge exam and pay an exam fee.

    Additional information can be found on the SpaceTEC website.

In Demand

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

Star

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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Updated: March 16, 2020
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