Positions at MSC

Second Radio Electronics Technician

Salary: $47,008


The Second Radio Electronics Technician is a member of the communications department and stand watches under the supervision of the Chief Radio Electronics Technician (CRET). The incumbent transfers information via state-of-the-art technology using tactical or commercial satellites on a global basis and traditional RF systems. Complies with Communication Security (COMSEC) and cryptographic equipment requirements on both transmission and receipt of communication signals. Incumbent operates, monitors, and controls information systems in support of worldwide telecommunications networks. Advises on capabilities, limitations and conditions of equipment. Performs troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Intelligence Systems, including equipment used for detection, tracking, recognition and identification. Performs required corrective maintenance to shipboard communication equipment and systems under varying levels of supervision. Incumbent takes appropriate precautions to ensure personal safety and safety of co-workers and is proficient in the performance of shipboard emergency drills. Incumbent will be required to work aloft and over the side.


  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. Must have experience working in a shipboard or land based communications center environment or U.S. Navy trained RM, IT, CTO, ET, DP, DS, OS, AT or other government/military/commercial wireless network/router environment.
  3. Minimum of eight (8) months documented on the job training by a ship’s communication officer, or military communications officer/communications chief (E7 or above) or civilian equivalent in a shipboard communications center environment.

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.)