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Career Details :: Radio Operators
Receive and transmit communications using radiotelegraph or radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Communicates by radio with test pilot, engineering personnel, and others during flight testing to relay information.
- Turns controls or throws switches to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitter on specified frequency.
- Repairs transmitting equipment, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools, to maintain communication system in operative condition.
- Communicates with receiving operator to give and receive instruction for transmission.
- Determines and obtains bearings of source from which signal originated, using direction-finding procedures and equipment.
- Operates sound-recording equipment to record signals and preserve broadcast for analysis by intelligence personnel.
- Examines and operates new equipment prior to installation in airport radio stations.
- Reviews company and Federal Aviation Authority regulations regarding radio communications and reports violations.
- Establishes and maintains standards of operation by periodic inspections of equipment and routine tests.
- Maintains station log of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.
- Coordinates radio searches for overdue or lost airplanes.
- Monitors emergency frequency for distress calls and dispatches emergency equipment.
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General Work Activities
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Processing Information
- Communicating With Other Workers
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Consequence of Error
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate