Basic Job Description
Satellite Communication Systems Operator-Maintainers are responsible for making sure that the lines of communication are always up and running. They install, operate, maintain and repair strategic and tactical multichannel satellite communications.
Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:
Installs, configures, operates, aligns, conducts performance tests, and performs unit and direct support maintenance on satellite communications equipment and associated devices. Conducts stressed and unstressed network operations. Performs quality control tests on circuits, trunk groups, systems, and ancillary equipment. Installs, operates, performs strapping, restrapping, preventive maintenance checks and services and unit level maintenance on communication security devices. Prepares system and equipment related forms and reports. Installs tactical satellite antenna equipment. Operates and performs preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned communications equipment and vehicles. Installs, operates, and performs preventive maintenance checks and services on power generators.
Provides technical assistance to subordinates engaged in the operation and maintenance of satellite communication systems. Identifies and reports electronic jamming and deception, and applies appropriate electronic countermeasures. Performs complex and multifaceted tasks associated with stressed and unstressed network operations. Supervises and performs alignment, control functions, and direct support maintenance on assigned communications equipment. Ensures backup equipment, spares, and repair parts are available to sustain system operations. Compiles system and network statistics for reports.
Job training for a satellite communication systems operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 18 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:
- Use of various types of communications equipment
- Working with codes
- Maintenance and care of communications equipment
ASVAB Score Required: 117 in aptitude area EL
Security Clearance: Secret
Strength Requirement: moderately heavy
Physical Profile Requirement: 212221
- Normal color vision required
- Credit for successful completion of one year of high school algebra and science
- Must be U.S. Citizen
Similar Civilian Occupations
- Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
- Radio Mechanics
- Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
- First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers