Radio Operators

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About the Job

Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment.

It is also Called

  • Telecommunication Operator
  • Signals Analyst
  • Radiotelephone Operator
  • Radiotelegrapher
  • Radiotelegraph Operator
  • Radiophone Operator
  • Radio Station Operator
  • Radio Recorder
  • Radio Operator
  • Radio Officer

What They Do

  • Set up antennas and mobile communication units during military field exercises.
  • Review applicable regulations regarding radio communications, and report violations.
  • Examine and operate new equipment prior to installation to ensure that it performs properly.
  • Determine and obtain bearings of sources from which signals originate, using direction-finding procedures and equipment.
  • Coordinate radio-related aspects of locating and contacting airplanes and ships that are missing or in distress.
  • Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.
  • Operate sound-recording equipment to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.
  • Turn controls or throw switches to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.
  • Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests to ensure that operations standards are met.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

LMI Region

Wages

New Jersey wage information is not available

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.