Chief Radio Electronics Technician
The Chief Radio Electronics Technician is directly responsible to the Ships Communication Officer (SCO) or to the ships’ Master when assigned to Service Support Vessels (T-ARS or T-AFT). The Chief Radio Electronics Technician is responsible for the Communications Department and is the Communications Local Element (LE) EKMS custodian on EKMS matters or issues.
Able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
Understands Computer Protocols, Information Assurance (IA) Security, Applications, and Corrective Measures.
Knowledgeable of electronic theory and be competent to perform all required equipment inspection, evaluation of performance, problem troubleshooting, preventive and corrective maintenance, and minor repairs to shipboard communications systems. Fully proficient with operating radio cryptographic equipment. The incumbent must be skilled in interpretation of electronics technical manuals, drawings, specifications and schematic drawings.
Proficient in the proper use of a wide variety of diagnostic programs, electronic test equipment and tools. Skilled in diagnosing problems and determining appropriate corrective action.
Knowledgeable of the Electrical Safety Program and safety requirements of the equipment worked upon. Required to observe all safety rules and take appropriate precautions to ensure personal safety and safety of co-workers. Incumbent may be assigned as the department tag out/lock out coordinator. Proficient in the performance of shipboard emergency drills, and working aloft.
Knowledgeable with policy and procedures related to duties and responsibilities of the EKMS Local Element (LE) alternate custodian.
- Supervises allocated watchstanding personnel. Prepares and coordinates planned maintenance schedules as required by the SCO. Provides technical assistance and conducts necessary training. Maintains technical publications and files. Ensures COMSEC procedures and instructions related to crypto security, transmission security, and emissions security are complied with. Ensures compliance with safety procedures.
- Supervises IT personnel in a computer environment (CE) performing vulnerability scans on information systems utilizing tools mandated by Department of Defense (DOD) and or private sector industry. Performs system back-ups, scanning for computer viruses, implementing security measures when tasked by industry mandates and/or DOD requirements. Manage computer assets. Maintains a ship’s or industry company Local Area Network (LAN).
- Manages the transfer of information technology using Military or commercial satellites, Tactical LOS, HF, UHF, VHF and HF Longhaul. Operations are routinely performed within a battle group with specific circuits and protocol that must be utilized. Complies with COMSEC requirements on both transmission and receipt of communications messages.
- Trouble shoots LAN outages and or computer systems. Diagnoses system faults to isolate failures between hardware, system software and application programs. Investigates and reports CE issues or Information Assurance (IA) security violations to higher authority for resolution.
- Manages the operation of information systems in support of worldwide telecommunications network. Assigned systems include, but not limited to MDU/MDS, NAVMACSII, GATEGUARD, NIPR/SIPRNET, ADNS and COMPOSE SYSTEMS.
- Advises the SCO on capabilities, limitations and condition of equipment. The incumbent may be required to work aloft and over side to ascertain equipment condition.
- Interacts with technical support personnel and peers to resolve technical hardware and software problems. Provides technical assistance to personnel involved in system programming and hardware selections. Performs customer service assistance and/or training in response to mission/companies needs and requirements.
- Operates Command, Control, Communications, Computer and (C4) Systems including equipment used for communication, tracking, recognition and identification. Systems to be kept fully operational include ship’s capability to handle two secure Fleet Broadcast Satellite Communications (FLTBROADCAST) channels for classified traffic, CUDIXS full period termination to send and receive genser traffic and tactical information via GCCS-M and BEST if equipped.
- Supervises and trains assigned personnel.
- Ensures continuing application and compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies.
- Carries out EEO Policies and communicates support of these policies to subordinates.
Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position.
Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Must be a valid United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain valid:
- U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months remaining before expiration date; AND
- United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining before expiration date.
- Current Security Plus Certificate within last 3 years of announcement from an accredited test facility.**
- Must have at least one (1) of the following:
- Three (3) years cumulative experience sailing on MSC Vessels as a permanent First Radio Electronics Technician (RET1) or temporary Chief Radio Electronics Technician (CRET). Experience must have been aboard at least two (2) ship class types, i.e. AO, AKE, AOE, ARS, ATF, AS, etc.; OR
- U.S. Navy trained IT’s both Communicator’s and Network personnel (NEC’s: 2791, 2779, 2780); or E6 and above with experience supervising a shipboard Communications Center (i.e. Radio Central/Outboard Shack), or ADP Center, watch or watch team, or other Government, Military or Commercial environment (i.e. NCTAMS, NTCC, TAGOS (SURTASS), DOD COMMCENTER). Applicants utilizing Military experience should have no more than 10 years recency out of the field. AND
**Current Security Plus Certificate within last 3 years of announcement from an accredited test facility. NOTE: Security Plus Certification not required with application. However, employment is contingent upon receipt of current Security Plus Certification. Any Security Plus certification from 2010 or earlier will not be accepted. When submitting an application for employment, you must provide a letter from your Facility Security Officer and/or Government Security Official to document Top Secret eligibility. You must have Top Secret eligibility within the last 24 months when hired for this position.