Positions at MSC

First Radio Electronics Technician

Salary: $53,351


The First Radio Electronics Technician is a watch stander in the communications department and functions as a watch partner, supervised by the Chief Radio Electronics Technician, and carries out functions for the daily operations of the department. The incumbent utilizes Navy Telecommunications Publications (NTP’s), Naval Warfare Publications (NWP’s), Fleet Telecommunications Publications (FTP’s), Communications Information Bulletins (CIB’s), Communications Information Advisories (CIA’s), and Current General Message Files (GMF’s) to draft Naval and Communications messages. The First Radio Electronics Technician operates, monitors and controls information systems in support of worldwide telecommunications networks. Assigned systems include CUDIXS, MDU, MDS, NOW, GATEGUARD, FSM, NAVMACS V2 OR II Systems, MISNS, and ADNS. They operate and maintain secure Fleet Broadcast (FLTBROADCAST) satellite communications channels for classified traffic, CUDIXS Full Period Terminations to send and receive General Services (GENSER) traffic and tactical information. The First Radio Electronics Technician is proficient in the performance of shipboard emergency drills, performing all duties as assigned and works aloft and over the side while maintaining antennas and other topside systems.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. 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.
  2. One (1) of the following:
    • Experience working in a shipboard communications center environment; OR
    • U.S. Navy trained: IT, RM, CTO, ET, DP, DS ratings (E5 and above); OR
    • Other government/military/civilian equivalent experience in other government, uniformed or merchant marine service.

NOTE: Due to often strenuous shipboard duties and extended periods at sea, all applicants must meet MSC medical requirements. Any applicants applying for positions that would require them to work aloft will be required to meet specific weight restrictions in order to be considered for employment as a civil service mariner. (Human Resources Advisory 2013 – 3 Physical Requirements for Personnel in Connection with the use FPAS.)