Radio Mechanics

Manufacturing > Maintenance, Installation & Repair

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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.


Wire strippers

Watt meters


Utility knives

Torpedo levels

Tablet computers

Square-recess tip screwdrivers

All Tools

Side cutting pliers

Series solenoid voltage testers

Radio signal testers

Pump pliers

Personal computers

Nut wrenches

Neon voltage testers

Measuring tapes

Longnosed pliers

LED voltage testers

Keystone-tip screwdrivers

Insulation resistance testers

Hydraulic wire crimpers

Digital oscilloscopes

Digital ohmmeters

Digital multimeters

Diagonal-cutting pliers

Cordless soldering irons

Conduit-fitting and reaming screwdrivers

Clamp voltmeters

Clamp ammeters

Cabinet-tip screwdrivers

Bench voltmeters

Bench scales

Bench ammeters

Analog ohmmeters

Adjustable hand wrenches


Data entry software

Computerized maintenance management system CMMS



Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Critical Thinking

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.

Equipment Maintenance

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.

Operation Monitoring

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.

Active Listening

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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Occupation Sections



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.

English Language

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.

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