MOS 5979 Tactical Air Operations/Air Defense Systems Technician

MOS 5979 Tactical Air Operations/Air Defense Systems Technician

MOS Description

Tactical Air Operations/Air Defense Systems Technicians perform and supervise installation, alignment, inspection, testing, maintenance and repair of electronic assemblies and subassemblies, fiber optic cables, and system software of all tactical air operations and air defense systems within the Marine Air Command and Control Systems (MACCS). They make periodic inspections and perform preventive maintenance; use proper safety procedures in systems maintenance and operation; diagnose and isolate malfunctions to the fault; remove and replace LRU (line repairable unit) if hardware, and perform corrective measures of software and verify that the malfunction has been corrected. They maintain diagnostic and operational tools, support and test equipment; assist in maintaining accountability of all parts of the system including software, spare parts, and in requisitioning supplies and spare parts, maintain necessary records of maintenance and compile data for reports. The Air Defense System Managers Course is available for skill enhancement training.

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