The United States Navy maintains a huge fleet, with over four thousand aircraft and nearly three hundred seagoing vessels. Their personnel numbers 380,000 thousand strong, and they require an intense and complex communications system to keep all these different assets and keep them in close communications. This is the telecommunications specialist and Navy specialist position that deals with a challenging and dynamic field. It requires dealing with a vast array of computer networks, alarm systems, navigation and radar devices, and decoding and coding machines. Sailors or airmen that work in this field may at times be tasked to transcribe or translate communications or foreign language data if they are qualified to do so.
Working as a Navy Telecommunications specialist you will work with;
-Maintain and repair plotters and navigational equipment.
-Deal with classified data and communications.
-Install and maintain telephones and other communications circuits, boxes and switchboards.
-Work as a computer repair technician, systems repair analyst, or computer network repairer.
-Interpret and prepare sketches, diagrams, schematics and blueprints.
-Install repair and maintain various communications systems on board ship and on shore.
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. 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. 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.
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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.