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Average Annual Salary: $75,762

This is the average annual salary not the base pay featured in the job opportunity announcement. All calculations include CIVMAR total take-home pay (including overtime, penalty, etc.).


The Second Radio Electronics Technician (RET2) is a civil service mariner (CIVMAR) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.

The Second Radio Electronic Technician is part of the Communications Department and stand watches under the supervision of the Chief Radio Electronics Technician (CRET). The incumbent operates and maintains the ship’s military communication suites. The incumbent will be required to fulfill the requirements set out below under some degree of guidance and supervision, which is expected to lessen as experience/training, is gained.

The incumbent transfers information by state-of-the-art technology using tactical/or commercial satellites on a global basis and traditional RF systems. Operations are routinely performed within a battle group with specific circuits and protocol that must be utilized. Complies with COMSEC (Communications Security) and cryptographic equipment requirements on both transmission and receipt of communication signals.

The incumbent will learn to operate, monitor and control information systems in support of worldwide telecommunications network.

The incumbent will advise on capabilities, limitations and condition of equipment in his/her care as time progresses.

The incumbent performs assigned mission organizational level troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence Systems including equipment used for communication, detection, tracking, recognition and identification. Systems to be kept fully operational include ship’s capability to handle two secure Fleet Broadcast Satellite Communications channels for classified message traffic send and receive tactical information, via messaging and voice.

The incumbent must possess a basic knowledge of electronic theory and be competent to perform required equipment inspection, evaluation of performance, problem troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, and limited repairs to shipboard communications systems under varying levels of supervision. The incumbent must become capable of operating radio cryptographic equipment. The incumbent must become proficient in interpretation of electronics technical manuals, drawings, specifications, and schematic drawings.

The incumbent must be capable of using diagnostic programs, electronic test equipment and tools. The incumbent must be capable in time of diagnosing problems and determining appropriate corrective action using Navy and commercial manuals. The incumbent must be knowledgeable of the Electrical Safety Program and safety requirements of the various types of equipment worked upon. In performing the work, incumbent is required to observe all safety rules to ensure personal safety and safety of co-workers. Incumbent is required to be proficient in the performance of shipboard emergency drills, performing all duties as assigned. The incumbent will be required to work aloft and over the side while maintaining antenna systems.

Incumbent must be capable of attaining and retaining a Top Secret clearance.

Must be able to use applicable software applications.

Ensures continuing application of and compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies. Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position.

Performs all other duties as assigned.


Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain:

  1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date.
  2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration.
  3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.

Position Specific Requirements: **Must have one of the following. ** U. S. Navy (Communications rating) with at least two (2) years experience in shipboard Communications Center (i.e. Radio Central) (*preferred). OR Navy Operational rating or other branches of the Military/National/Coast Guard with experience working with communications systems.
OR Commercial communications experience or a certificate/degree for training/education completed from a Technical Institute (e.g. ECPI or ITT), college or university. Experience must be within the recent ten (10) years of announcement.To earn the highest rating possible, you are encouraged to submit detailed information of the knowledge, skills, and abilities. Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating process.