I want to make a career out of my time in the Navy. Through Aviation Electronics (Avionics), I can either become an Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) or an Aviation Electrician's Mate (AE). I personally prefer Electronics Technician, but the decision is not completely up to me. ATs work on some of the most advanced systems, ranging from flight deck troubleshooting of the weapon systems on an F-14 Tomcat to changing computer circuit cards. ATs repair and maintain a variety of systems: communications, navigation, infrared detection, radar, laser, electronics, fiber optics, and digital computers. AEs maintain a wide range of electrical and navigational equipment, such as power generators, power distribution systems, lighting systems, flight instrument, and fuel systems.
"As an AT, we pretty much have a hand in everything."
This is one of many aircraft carriers employed by the United States Navy. The aircraft carrier is one of the most advanced military engineering feats ever accomplished. They can hold upwards of 6,000 people. The power for these floating cities come from advanced nuclear reactors. More advanced ships, when properly cared for, can run for 20 years.
This is the USS Essex. It is a Wasp-Class amphibious assault ship. It went under 18 months of repairs after a collision with USNS Yukon.
The USS Makin Island returning from it's historic maiden voyage, which lasted 7 months. The ship's hybrid-electric propulsion system saved an excess of $15 million in fuel.