The United States Navy maintains a fleet of over three hundred ships, and close to four thousand aircraft. It has a personnel roster of nearly three hundred eighty thousand people, and it demands an ever-changing complex system of communications to keep all these different assets talking to one another. This is the field that the Navy Communications and telecommunications specialist services.
Sailors who work in the telecommunications specialty work with a full variety of different communications endeavors. It is a dynamic and challenging field, one with work using alarm systems, computer networks, radios, radar and navigation devices, and complex machinery and coding and decoding machines. At times sailors in this field may even work to help translate or transcribe foreign language data or communications.
As a technician in the Telecommunications specialty for the Navy you will often be asked to:
-Maintain and repair plotters and navigational equipment.
-Install repair and maintain various communications systems on board ship and on shore.
-Install and maintain telephones and other communications circuits, boxes and switchboards.
-Interpret and prepare sketches, diagrams, schematics and blueprints.
-Work as a computer repair technician, systems repair analyst, or computer network repairer.
-Deal with classified data and communications.
As a Telecommunications operator or repairer, the Navy will give you state of the art training in electronics and systems field training in navigations and communications equipment. If you have normal sight and hearing, and any training or experience in electricity, solid state circuitry, or applied and advanced math, then this may be the field for you. Training in the Navy will open careers in the electronics and electronics repair fields for you after your time in the Navy are up.
You will first attend boot camp, and then transfer to a Class A school where you will be taught both in the classroom and on the job. You will learn both basic and advanced Electrical theory, radio and communications concepts, and be trained on equipment that is as advanced anywhere in the world. Also this is one of the career fields in the Navy where almost all of the training both in formal classroom settings and on the job can gain you credit in college level coursework.
The need for communications systems and the people properly trained to repair them is rising, and as a Navy Telecommunications technician you will have the training to deal with these advanced technologies, and be in demand both in the Navy and when you get out in your civilian career.