Communications Overview

Communications

The communications depart requires skill sets in information technology and naval radio communications. This department maintains mission critical systems necessary for ongoing contact with the Navy ships we are serving as well as our foreign allies worldwide. Experience with Navy SATCOM and NCTAM systems is preferred. You must also be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance. Communications personnel are also responsible for networking and maintaining internet connectivity and other onboard entertainment systems to help CIVMARs enjoy their downtime and stay connected to family and friends while at sea.

MSC regularly hosts job fairs for those interested in a maritime career. We encourage people from a variety of backgrounds such as veterans, civilian mariners, maritime school graduates and more to attend and learn more about a maritime job or career. For more information about MSC employment and the application process, click the Career Avenues button to the right that best matches your background or find a job fair near you.

For a complete description of duties and requirements, click the positions listed below.

In addition to your primary position, interested CIVMARs may apply to serve in our Surface Rescue Swimmer Program (SRS) as a collateral duty. Contact a recruiter for additional requirements/qualifications.

PositionsBase Salary
Chief Radio Electronics Technician$61,703
Chief Radio Electronics Technician Information Assurance Technician$66,441
Ships Communications Officer$71,153
Ships Communications Officer IAM$83,602
First Radio Electronics Technician$54,647
First Radio Electronics Technician Information Assurance Technician$60,977
Second Radio Electronics Technician$47,008

Current Open Communications Positions

The following communications department positions are now accepting applications.

Ships Communications Officer

Ships Communications Officer


Announcement opens continuously 20 October 2017, with periodic cut-offs.

The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) is the head of the Communications Department and is responsible to the Master for all operational, administrative and maintenance functions of the Communications Department.

Ships Communications Officer – Information Assurance Manager

Ships Communications Officer – Information Assurance Manager


Announcement opens continuously 20 October 2017, with periodic cut-offs.

The Ship Communications Officer (SCO) Information Assurance Manager (IAM) is the head of the Communications Department and is responsible to the Master for all operational, administrative and maintenance functions of the Communications Department.

Chief Radio Electronics Technician

Chief Radio Electronics Technician


Announcement opens continuously 20 October 2017, with periodic cut-offs.

The Chief Radio Electronics Technician supervises watch standing personnel, coordinates maintenance, conducts training, ensures compliance with COMSEC and safety procedures.

Chief Radio Electronics Technician – Information Assurance Technician

Chief Radio Electronics Technician – Information Assurance Technician


Announcement opens continuously 20 October 2017, with periodic cut-offs.

The CRET IAT serves as the ship’s System Administrator of assigned systems maintained/administered by the Department of Defense (DoD)/Department of the Navy (DON)/Military Sealift Command (MSC).

First Radio Electronics Technician

First Radio Electronics Technician


Announcement opens continuously 20 October 2017, with periodic cut-offs.

The 1st Radio Electronics Technician is a watchstander and functions as a watch partner, supervised by the Chief Radio Electronics Technician, and carries out functions for the daily operations of the department.

First Radio Electronics Technician – Information Assurance Technician

First Radio Electronics Technician – Information Assurance Technician


Announcement opens continuously 12 December 2017, with periodic cut-offs.

The First Radio Electronics Technician Information Assurance Technician (IAT) serves as the ships assistant Information Technology (IT) System Administrator under the Chief Radio Electronics Technician (CRET) IAT.