The Coast Guard is in many ways one of the most versatile services, they maintain a fleet of equipment that has a variety of missions. They perform search and rescue, aids to mariners, they work to provide security and prevent smuggling on the waterways and coast of the United states, as well as a number of other duties. The Coast Guard, in the wake of September 11th, 2001 was transferred to the Department of Homeland Security. One of the most important jobs in the Coast Guard is the position of Information Technology specialist.
The IT technician in the Coast Guard deals with communications, control, tactical support, sea support, and information technology. Information technology is a state of the art job specialty, and it is one of the fastest growing areas in the military service. The service that has embraced this position enthusiastically has been the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard works to establish voice and analog systems, and the Information Systems Technician works to maintain these systems. They serve on board vessels of every size and configuration in the Coast Guard, as well as on shore in Marine Safety Offices and Coast Guard Air Stations. The training for an Information Technology specialist in the Coast Guard begins with 9 weeks of boot camp at Cape May, New Jersey. The Coast Guard serves around the 48 continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, as well as other locations in support roles around the world. The smaller support units of the Information Technology specialty in the Coast Guard are referred to as detachments in the Electric Support service. After basic training you will proceed to Class A school in Petaluma California. You will attend training in basic electrical theory, and computer and routing technology. The school is located about 60 miles to the north of San Francisco. It is a school that is 25 weeks in length. Working in Information Technology is a career that will allow you to transition to a number of different civilian career fields. The position of Information Systems Technician is one of the most recent technological job classifications in the military. The Coast Guard Information Technology specialist serves throughout the Coast Guard, in both large and small shops, both on shore based duty billets as well as on board ship.
The larger Coast Guard Shops are known as Electronic Support system Units, and their job is to maintain the larger division shops for the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Information technicians are in Coast Guard shore stations, Coast Guard Cutters, Air Stations and Search and Rescue stations. Working as a technician in the Information System field requires an extensive electrical and computer systems knowledge.