In the Air Force:
Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS); Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Apprentice; Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Craftsman; Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Helper; Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Journeyman
In the Marine Corps:
Digital Wideband Systems Maintainer; Ground Electronics Systems Maintenance Technician; Ground Electronics Transmission Systems Maintainer; Metrology Technician
In the Navy:
AN/SRQ-4 W/EC-181 Ku Band Radio Terminal Set Electronics Technician; LCS-1 (Freedom Variant) TACAN/AIMS/SATCOM/AN-UPX Electronics Technician
The ease of communicating from any location to anyone around the world, and to accessing an enormous variety of information and entertainment around the clock, makes it look simple to do, but in reality, it takes the skills and physical efforts of many workers to make the connections happen. Radio, cellular, and tower equipment workers install and maintain the tower networks and systems used in cellular telecommunications and mobile broadband. They also service aircraft-to-ground communications equipment. Tower workers often scale ladders or stairs on towers to calibrate and repair transmitting and receiving components. They read work orders and blueprints, make repairs, and run tests to confirm equipment operates correctly. Workers must ensure that proper weatherproofing measures have been taken and that equipment is bolted down tight. Radio mechanics test and repair two-way radio equipment, but they’re more likely to work in a workshop, soldering electronics and troubleshooting malfunctioning emergency beacons or ship radios. They frequently travel to repair ship-to-shore and emergency vehicle radio equipment. Work schedules in these careers are typically 40 hours or more per week. Positions are typically in telecommunications companies, construction firms, and government agencies. Positions may require an associate’s degree or a high school diploma or equivalent.
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
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.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
Safety and Government
public safety and security
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Hand and Finger Use
put together small parts with your fingers
hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
use rules to solve problems
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
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
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
Facilities management software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.