Projected Growth: Slower than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Test or repair mobile or stationary radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communications systems used in ship-to-shore communications and found in service and emergency vehicles.
Common job titles of Radio Mechanics include:
Experience and Education
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.
33.51% said they needed a High School Diploma.
29.7% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Test equipment functions such as signal strength and quality, transmission capacity, interference, and signal delay, using equipment such as oscilloscopes, circuit analyzers, frequency meters, and wattmeters.
Repair circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
Examine malfunctioning radio equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment.
Insert plugs into receptacles and bolt or screw leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools.
Mount equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
Calibrate and align components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
Remove and replace defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
Install, adjust, and repair stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems.
Monitor radio range stations to detect transmission flaws and adjust controls to eliminate flaws.
Test batteries, using hydrometers and ammeters, and charge batteries as necessary.
Test emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
Turn setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.
Clean and lubricate motor generators.
Square-recess tip screwdriversAll Tools
Side cutting pliers
Series solenoid voltage testers
Radio signal testers
Neon voltage testers
LED voltage testers
Insulation resistance testers
Hydraulic wire crimpers
Cordless soldering irons
Conduit-fitting and reaming screwdrivers
Adjustable hand wrenches
Data entry software
Computerized maintenance management system CMMS
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Quality Control Analysis
Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.