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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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) is an entry-level certification for technicians who have less than two years of experience or training in electronics. Associate Electronics Technicians demonstrate knowledge of basic electronic theory and applications used in all electronic disciplines including circuits, test equipment, electrical theory, work procedures and telecommunications fundamentals. 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. An optional practical exam is offered.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optic Installers (FOI) certification is for fiber optic technicians. FOIs demonstrate a general understanding of optical fiber installation, connectors, splice performance characteristics, and testing optical fibers. In addition, FOIs are proficient in the installation of connectors on various types of fiber optic cables using multiple types of connectors and can perform mechanical and fusion splicing. Candidates are required to pass both a written exam and a Hands-On Skills Test.

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The BICSI Installer 1 (INST1) certification is an entry level credential that demonstrates an ability to understand and apply a comprehensive collection of installation-specific information including pathways, spaces, grounding and firestopping, terminations of copper connectors, and knowledge of codes, standards and best practices.  There are no prior industry installation experience requirements for individuals preparing to sit for the Installer 1 exam, however, candidates must be able to distinguish between different colors, possess manual dexterity to complete fine motor tasks, and be able to lift and carry items up to fifty pounds. To earn a BICSI Installer 1 certification, candidates must successfully pass both a hands-on and a written exam.  Once earned, the credential is valid for three full years.  

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Computer Service Technician (CST) credential is for professionals who service hardware and provide systems software skills for personal computers. CSTs demonstrate knowledge in areas including, computer assembly/disassembly, motherboards, processor characteristics, system resources, buses, ports, peripheral devices, physical and electronic memory characteristics, secondary storage devices, and power concepts and supplies. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Fiber Optics Technician (FOT) certification is for the fiber optics professional with an understanding of concepts of fiber optics servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing. FOTs demonstrate knowledge of fiber optic transmissions, cables principal of light, optical fiber characteristics, optical fiber construction and theory, safety and other related topics. The ETA-I Fiber Optics Installer (FOI) certification is a pre-requisite for this certification. Candidates must pass a written exam and a hands-on skills test.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

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Renewal Period: 3 years

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The ASTM International, NCATT Radio Communication Systems (RCS) endorsement recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. 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 RCS written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate DC (EM1) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM1 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa). Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate AC (EM2) credential is for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM2 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa). Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Electronics Associate Analog (EM3) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. The EM3 can be a stand-alone certification for candidates requiring a narrower set of knowledge and skills or it can be part of the EM program, which requires that candidates attain five modules towards the eventual goal of achieving ETA’s Associate level certification (CETa).  Candidates must pass a written examination.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: Lifetime

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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%)

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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