MOS 5939 Aviation Communication Systems Technician

MOS 5939 Aviation Communication Systems Technician

MOS Description

Aviation Communication Systems Technicians perform and supervise maintenance of radios and communications systems found within selected units of the Marine Air Control Group. Tasks include installation, operation, performance testing, alignment and troubleshooting of all voice communications equipment, encryption devices, electronic assemblies and subassemblies, fiber optic cables, and system software for radios and telecommunications equipment used within the Marine Air Command and Control Systems (MACCS). They make periodic inspections and perform preventive maintenance; use proper safety procedures in system maintenance and operation; diagnose and isolate malfunction to the fault, remove and replace LRU (line replaceable unit); and verify that the malfunction has been corrected. They maintain diagnostic and operational tools, support, and test equipment; maintain accountability of all parts of communication systems including software, spare parts, and in requisitioning supplies and spare parts; maintain necessary records of maintenance and compile data for reports. The Aviation Communications Systems Managers Course is available for skill enhancement training.

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Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

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 mimum 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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