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Radio Operators

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Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.

    Work Activities
    • Operate sound-recording equipment to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.
    • Monitor emergency frequencies to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
    • Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.
    • Communicate with receiving operators to exchange transmission instructions.
    • Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
    • Operate radio equipment to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.
    • Broadcast weather reports and warnings.
    • Maintain station logs of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.
    • Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests to ensure that operations standards are met.
    • Turn controls or throw switches to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.
    • Coordinate radio-related aspects of locating and contacting airplanes and ships that are missing or in distress.
    • Determine and obtain bearings of sources from which signals originate, using direction-finding procedures and equipment.
    • Examine and operate new equipment prior to installation to ensure that it performs properly.
    • Review applicable regulations regarding radio communications, and report violations.
    Skills
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Speech Recognition

      The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Computers and Electronics

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $41,130/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $19.77/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    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:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Two way radios
    • Soldering iron
    • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
    • Locking pliers
    • Gas generators
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Internet browser software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
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