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Test or repair mobile or stationary radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communications systems used in ship-to-shore communications and found in service and emergency vehicles.

    Work Activities
    • Examine malfunctioning radio equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment.
    • Repair circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
    • Install, adjust, and repair stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems.
    • Test equipment functions such as signal strength and quality, transmission capacity, interference, and signal delay, using equipment such as oscilloscopes, circuit analyzers, frequency meters, and wattmeters.
    • Calibrate and align components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
    • Mount equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
    • Turn setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.
    • Test emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
    • Remove and replace defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
    • Insert plugs into receptacles and bolt or screw leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools.
    • Monitor radio range stations to detect transmission flaws and adjust controls to eliminate flaws.
    • Test batteries, using hydrometers and ammeters, and charge batteries as necessary.
    • Clean and lubricate motor generators.
    Skills
    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    Knowledge
    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $54,020/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.97/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 670
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Voltage or current meters
    • Soldering iron
    • Screwdrivers
    • Ohmmeters
    • Ammeters
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Facilities management software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
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