MOS 5948 Aviation RADAR Technician

MOS 5948 Aviation RADAR Technician

MOS Description

Aviation Radar Technicians site, install, operate, test, adjust, align, and repair the Marine Air Command Control Systems (MACCS) air defense radar systems, and associated IFF equipment. 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 repairable 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 the system including software, spare parts, and in requisitioning supplies and spare parts; and maintain necessary records of maintenance and compile data for reports. They prepare and implement inspections and maintenance schedules. They organize and administer facilities for the maintenance and repair of equipment. HQMC APX (59XX OccFld sponsor) is the waiver approval authority.

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) certification is an entry-level credential for electronics technicians who have less than two years of experience or who have trade school training in the field of electronics. Applicants for the CETa must meet the experience or training requirement and pass the exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG) is an intermediate-level technician license. A PG is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. A PG is also required to operate: any compulsory equipped ship radiotelephone station operating with more than 1500 watts of peak envelope power; and voluntarily equipped ship and aeronautical (including aircraft) stations with more than 1000 watts of peak envelope power. FCC requires candidates to be a legal resident of the United States and be fluent in the English language. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) is a journeyman-level certification recommended for radar electronics technicians with knowledge of radar basics and concepts applicable to all types of avionics, maritime and land systems. RADAR Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical and human relations areas: Block Diagrams and Schematics, Components, Cabling and Antennas, Hand Tools & Soldering, Mathematics, Amplifiers, RADAR Transceivers, Interfacing, Satellite, Wireless, and Data Communications, Computers and Digital Concepts, Software Programming, Troubleshooting, and People Relations. Candidates must hold the Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) certification prior to taking the RADAR exam. Individuals with a valid FCC Element 8, and either the ETA Associate CET (CETa) or a Journeyman (CET) certification, are eligible for a rollover to an ETA RADAR certification. Candidates must take a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician - Associate-Level is an entry-level certification. This certification validates the candidate's basic electronic knowledge for entry-level electronic professions. The exam covers basic electronics, math, DC and AC circuits, transistors and troubleshooting. The Associate CET is also a pre-requisite for ISCET Journeyman level certifications. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Communications. This is an entry-level certification exam. Technicians working in this field will have knowledge in the following areas; communications which include 2-way transceivers and the servicing of these types of equipment. Also, Receiver's basic communication theory, transmitters, deviation, sensitivity, quieting and troubleshooting. Applicants must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Computer Electronics. This is an entry-level certification exam. Technicians working in this field will have knowledge in the following areas; operation of computer systems with the greatest emphasis on the hardware, basic arithmetic and logic operations as related to computer theory, computer organization, input and output equipment, and memory and storage. The technician should have some knowledge of software and programming, and be able to explain troubleshooting procedures. Applicants must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

Certified Electronics Technician - Journeyman-Level - Radar. This is an entry-level certification exam. Technicians working in this field will have knowledge in the following areas; General knowledge of both pulse radar and continuous wave radar operation is necessary for taking this Journeyman option. This test covers transmitters and receivers, CRT display systems and their power supplies, antennas, transmission lines and their characteristics. Applicants must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Network+ ce is an intermediate skill level certification for IT technicians who can describe the features and functions of networking components and manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure. In addition, certification holders have a basic understanding of enterprise technologies, including cloud and virtualization technologies. Network+ ce is appropriate for computer network technicians, engineers, analysts and administrators. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ ce candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ ce certification.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Security+ ce certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of IT security. Security+ ce is an entry-level certification that demonstrates a candidates knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. The successful candidate will perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability. It is recommended that candidates hold the Network+ and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician (CMRT) is a certification for maintenance and reliability technicians who are responsible for preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance. CMRT candidates should possess aptitude in the following areas: maintenance practices, preventative and predictive maintenance, troubleshooting and analysis, and corrective maintenance. There are no experience or education eligibility requirements. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Avionics Electronics Technicians (AVN) certification is designed to assess the knowledge and skills of individuals who install, maintain and adjust electronics equipment, cabling and the accessories used in aviation communications and control equipment. It is highly recommended that the Avionics technician have an FCC General Radio Telephone Operator license. Candidates must hold the Associate Certified Electronics Technician (CETa) certification prior to taking the Avionics Electronics Technician exam. Several of the topics covered in this examination include: Avionics Systems, Cabling, Computers and Digital Concepts, Amplifiers, Interfacing, Antennas and Transmission Lines Components, Mathematics, Network Topologies and Infrastructures, People Relations, Optical Cabling, Safety, Test Equipment and Tools and Satellite Communications.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT), Aircraft Electronics Technician-Radio Communication Systems (AET-RCS) endorsement recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. AET-RCS knowledge and skills include safety, radio transmitters/receivers, communication systems, and satellite communications. Candidates must hold the NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification prior to taking the AET-RCS written exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

National Center for Aerospace & Transportation Technologies (NCATT), Aircraft Electronics Technician-Dependent Navigation Systems (AET-DNS) endorsement recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. AET-DNS knowledge and skills include safety, antennas, Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) system, VHF Omni Directional Range (VOR) System, Distance Measurement Equipment (DME) System, Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) System, and Instrument Landing System (ILS). Candidates must hold the NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification prior to taking the AET-DNS written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Analog (EM3) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of diodes, transistors, thyristors, integrated circuits, optoelectronic devices, power supplies, basic test equipment and measurements, mathematics and formulas, amplifiers, and other related subjects. The EM3 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Digital (EM4) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of various digital electricity and electronics concepts, numbering systems and conversions, and other related subjects. The EM4 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate Comprehensive (EM5) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of soldering, desoldering, tools, electrical conductors, AC power distribution, circuit protection, circuit controls, generators, motors, interfacing of electronics products, and technician work procedures. The EM5 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.
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The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA-I), Microwave Radio Technician (MRT) credential is for technicians who install, align, use and maintain point-to-point microwave radio systems.  MRTs have knowledge of basic concepts, including identification and safety requirements of radio frequency. There are no prerequisites for this certification, but prior experience with radio systems and equipment is recommended.  Candidates must pass a written exam.

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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 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.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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