Basic Job Description
Microwave Systems Installer-Maintainers are primarily responsible for installing, operating and maintaining microwave communications systems. They also work with associated antennas, multiplexing and communications security equipment.
Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:
Configure, aligns, operates, and performs unit level and direct support maintenance on microwave communications and technical control equipment, and associated devices. Monitors, fault isolates, and restores telecommunications circuits, trunk groups, systems, and associated commercial and military interface equipment. Installs, operates, performs strapping, restrapping, preventive maintenance checks and services and unit level maintenance on communication security devices. Maintains circuit, link, system, and station records and reports. Operates and performs preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned telecommunications equipment, vehicles, and power generators.
Performs complex microwave system troubleshooting and maintenance tasks. Provides
technical assistance to personnel engaged in the operation and maintenance of
microwave communications systems or technical control of voice and data systems
and networks. Identifies and reports electronic jamming and deception, and applies
appropriate electronic countermeasures. Activates and inactivates circuits,
trunk groups, and systems. Supervises and assists subordinates in the performance
of preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned communications equipment,
vehicles, and power generators. Requests logistic support and evacuates equipment
to higher level maintenance facilities, when required.
Job training for a microwave systems operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 11 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:
- Mechanical and electrical principles
- Preventive maintenance procedures
- Line installation and wiring techniques
- Communication security policies and procedures
ASVAB Score Required: 107 in aptitude area EL
Security Clearance: Secret
Strength Requirement: moderately heavy
Physical Profile Requirement: 212221
- Normal color vision required
- Must be a U.S. Citizen
- Credit for successful completion of one year of high school algebra and science
Similar Civilian Occupations
- Radio Mechanics
- Radio Operators
- Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
- First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers