Working in the Air Force in the Satellite Telemetry field is an exciting and ever changing occupation. You will work with state of the art electronics, and be trained in the most modern electronic gear known to man. You will be responsible for satellite and telemetry equipment, as well as telegraph multiplex equipment, radio transceivers, microwave and other types of electronic gear. You will be trained on how to use telegraph multiplex equipment, similar in some respects to the equipment uses in the civilian telephone industry. Configuring different equipment in communications networks will be a standard duty, as well as working to set up and repair existing communications equipment in use. Equipment utilizing microwaves, troposphere scatter, radio relay, and direct radio waves will be in your arsenal.
You will work with terminal and satellite equipment including terminal consoles, parabolic and wide band satellite dishes, and learn how to set up links and networks using satellites in geo stationary orbit around the Earth. Your duties will include monitoring and keeping working various network systems used in the many missions that the Air Force has. You will work on ground based terminals, and learn how to set up remote stations in an active satellite link system.
When you first enlist you will attend boot camp, and then you will graduate and be assigned a technical school for individual advanced training. You will attend technical school either at Keeler AFB in Mississippi, or Fort Gordon Training Facility in Georgia. You will spend between 12 and 15 weeks at technical school, where you will study basic electronics, electric theory, radio waves, microwaves communications, as well as a number of other topics. During technical school you will work in the classroom and in small groups in the field, learning satellite and microwave radio theory hands on.
Following technical school you will be assigned a duty Squadron, and be part of a Satellite maintenance team. You will be directly responsible for keeping the equipment in the network in good running order, and performing both routine and emergency upkeep on equipment to make sure that mission readiness is maintained.
Working as a Satellite and Telemetry specialist gives you the knowledge and training for a number of civilian careers, including telephone repairman, broadcast radio station maintenance, or even working for a private communications firm.