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Interior Communicationman (Advanced Technical Field) IC
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General Info: Interior Communications electricians install, maintain and repair the equipment needed for interior communications within ships and shore facilities. These communications systems include, public address systems, interior telephone systems, alarm systems, engine telegraphs to communicate orders for changes in engine speed from the bridge (ship's command station) to the engine room, certain kinds of ship control and equipment monitoring devices, the ship's gyrocompass, the rudder position indicator, audio-visual equipment for the ship's TV entertainment systems, advanced navigation and various other equipment.

What They Do: The duties performed by IC's include: maintaining and repairing interior communications systems; preparing and interpreting blueprints, wiring diagrams and sketches; installing and inspecting dry cell and storage batteries; recharging wet cell batteries; testing interior communications and gyrocompass equipment; installing telephone and other communications circuits, boxes, switchboards and bell buzzer systems; maintaining plotters and dead reckoning equipment; maintaining and operating TV systems; maintaining and repairing shipboard navigation equipment.

Detailed List of Required Duties

ASVAB Score Requirements: AR+MK+EI+GS=213

Other Requirements: Must have normal color perception. Security Clearance (SECRET) Requirement. Must be U.S. citizen. 72 month obligation.

Technical Training Information: Enlistees are taught the fundamentals of this rating through on-the-job training or formal Navy schooling. Advanced technical and operational training is available in this rating during later stages of career development.

Engineering Common Core Great Lakes, IL 19 days

Introduction to technical documentation, basic mechanical theory, safety precautions and programs, alignment and operation of piping systems and equipment, hand tools, precision instruments, lubricants, bearings, couplings, gears, valves, pumps and the Maintenance Material Management System (3M) Group instruction and practical application

Engineering Electrical Core Great Lakes, IL 81 days

CPR, electrical math, basic schematics, AC/DC circuits, solid state characteristics, logic systems Group instruction

Interior Communications Class "A" School Great Lakes, IL 36 days

Basic technical knowledge and skills of electricity and electronics required for rating Group-paced instruction and practical application

Some interior communications electricians who graduate from "A" school go on to advanced training courses such as gyrocompass and advanced TV maintenance. Others are assigned to duty stations where they can continue learning their rating through on-the-job training. IC's are assigned to ships and shore stations in the United States and overseas. During a 20-year period in the Navy, IC's spend about 65 percent of their time assigned to fleet units and 35 percent to shore stations.

Working Environment: People in the IC rating work in many different situations, at sea and ashore. While most of their work is performed indoors, it may be in a clean or dirty environment of a shop-like nature, and it may be in any kind of climate or temperature. IC's usually work closely with others. Most systems IC's work on are of the modern solid state electronic type, making the rating a very technical profession.

Opportunity Rating:

E-1 to E-4 E-5 E-6
3 2 3

1 = Currently undermanned
2 = Currently manned at desired levels
3 = Currently overmanned

Note: Levels are as of 10 December 2003. Subject to change without notice.

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Above Information Courtesy of United States Navy

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