Basic Job Description
Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer performs maintenance on electronic switches, control centers, combat radios and other equipment associated with networks. They also use computers to troubleshoot the system when errors occur.
Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:
Installs, initialize, operates, and performs unit level and direct support maintenance on electronic switching assemblages, systems, and ancillary communications equipment. Uses computers to perform system/network operations. Interprets BIT/BITE and error codes to correct system faults. Installs, operates, performs strapping, restrapping, preventive maintenance checks and services, and unit level maintenance on communication security devices. Operates and performs preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned vehicles. Installs, operates, and performs preventive maintenance checks and services on power generators.
Supervises, and performs as senior team member, in the installation, operation, employment, and direct support systems maintenance of large and small electronic switches and associated equipment. Performs and assists subordinate operators in the conduct of switching and communication security operations, Combat Net Radio Interface procedures, and associated computer related technical tasks. Interprets orders and compiles system statistics for the Shift or Node. Requests logistical support for switching teams or shifts. Implements network control center generated changes to support operational requirements. Assists in the conduct of preventive maintenance checks and services procedures on assigned vehicles and power generators.
Job training for a network switching systems operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Maintaining communication network equipment and switches
- Operating and installing communication equipment
- Operating diagnostic equipment specific to network switches
ASVAB Score Required: 102 in aptitude area EL and 105 in aptitude area SC
Security Clearance: Secret
Strength Requirement: heavy
Physical Profile Requirement: 212221
- Ability to clearly enunciate English
- Must be US Citizen
- Ability to work for extended periods in a confined area
- Credit for successful completion of one year of high school algebra and science
Similar Civilian Occupations
- Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
- First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
- Radio Operators