A traditional ham radio related career is still available to those who can pass the FCC Radiotelegraph Operator License test! In a strange historical quirk of the current regulatory and contractual environment, the FCC “T” license is still the only thing that is accepted by the U.S. government to convey “Radio Officer” status to a U.S. citizen. Shipboard Radio Officers don’t use Morse Code on a daily basis any longer. The job has evolved and taken on a critical role in the operation of modern shipboard communications and maintenance of all onboard electronics including navigation and automation systems.
This is a rare opportunity for a good Union job, including all the benefits and support that come with it. Candidates must have background experience with electronics troubleshooting on various systems. Must be able to read and interpret technical manuals, schematics, and line drawings. Experience with automation, radio communications equipment, RADAR, and navigation systems particularly valuable. In addition to electronics maintenance and repair, job responsibilities include limited client side computer support, email configuration, good organizational skills, and radio communications.
Candidates must currently have or be able to attain:
1. U.S. Passport
2. USCG Merchant Mariner Credential, with the following endorsements:
a) Radio Officer or Electro-technical Officer
b) GMDSS Operator
d) STCW Basic Safety
3. FCC GMDSS Maintainer License
4. FCC Ships RADAR endorsement
5. STCW Medical Certificate
6. Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)
7. DOT Drug Free Certificate
Salary averages $15K to $25K per month, including base pay, overtime, and paid vacation. Radio Officers work an average of 6 months per year, in increments of up to 120 days. In addition to salary, benefits include Defined Benefit Plan pension, Individual Retirement Account Plan, 401K Plan, Medical and Dental coverage, and all inclusive training.
Candidates should be prepared with a resume showing prior employment, experience, and references. Contact Mr. Anderson at [email protected] for further information.
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