Aerospace engineering and operations technicians held about 11,400 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most aerospace engineering and operations technicians were as follows:
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing
Computer and electronic product manufacturing
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences
They usually work in manufacturing or industrial plants, laboratories, and offices. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians who work in manufacturing or industrial plants are frequently directly involved in assembling aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. Many are exposed to hazards from equipment or from toxic materials, but incidents are rare as long as proper procedures are followed.
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians have opportunities for employment throughout the private sector, with large and small manufacturing organizations, as well as with engineering services firms. Schedules worked tend to parallel those of the other engineering and operations staff members, and most work full time.