MOS 0627 Satellite Transmissions System Operator

MOS 0627 Satellite Transmissions System Operator

MOS Description

Satellite Transmissions System Operators install, operate and maintain various wideband satellite communication terminals operating in the AEHF, KU, KA, X, and L bands. Marines will be trained to operate complex satellite systems to integrate communication networks and enable command and control. Operators will be familiar with spectrum analyzing tools, specialized computer hardware/software programs, transmission security (TRANSEC), and communications security (COMSEC). Skill progression training for Staff Sergeant through Corporal is the Transmissions Supervisors Course.

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The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) is designed for technicians who have less than two years of experience or training in electronics. The CETa is the foundation for ETA’s journeyman, senior, and master specialty, and master certification programs. CETa applicants must meet the experience or training requirement and pass a written exam.
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The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Certified Satellite Installer (CSI) certification is an entry-level professional credential for satellite installers. CSI candidates should have knowledge of satellite communications history and theory, satellite dish reflectors, cabling, amplifiers, Satellite System Installation-site surveys, satellite receivers-digital technology, interfacing with other consumer electronics equipment, transmission-internet systems, troubleshooting, repairs, sun outage, safety, and related information. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the rating (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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