The Chief Radio Electronics Technician is a Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) employed by
the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and
hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war.
MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military
operations. MSC provides on- time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized
missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.
The Chief Radio Electronics Technician is directly responsible to the Ships Communication
Officer (SCO) or to the ships’ Master when assigned to Service Support Vessels (T-ARS
or T-AFT). The Chief Radio Electronics Technician is responsible for the
Communications Department and is the Communications Local Element (LE) EKMS custodian on
EKMS matters or issues.
Able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance. Understands Computer Protocols, Information Assurance (IA) Security, Applications, and Corrective Measures.
Knowledgeable of electronic theory and be competent to perform all required equipment
inspection, evaluation of performance, problem troubleshooting, preventive and corrective
maintenance, and minor repairs to shipboard communications systems. Fully proficient
with operating radio cryptographic equipment. The incumbent must be skilled in
interpretation of electronics technical manuals, drawings, specifications and schematic
Proficient in the proper use of a wide variety of diagnostic programs, electronic test
equipment and tools. Skilled in diagnosing problems and determining appropriate corrective
Knowledgeable of the Electrical Safety Program and safety requirements of the equipment
worked upon. Required to observe all safety rules and take appropriate precautions to
ensure personal safety and safety of co-workers.
Incumbent may be assigned as the department tag out/lock out coordinator. Proficient in
the performance of shipboard emergency drills, and working aloft.
Knowledgeable with policy and procedures related to duties and responsibilities of the
EKMS Local Element (LE) alternate custodian.
Supervises allocated watchstanding personnel. Prepares and coordinates planned maintenance
schedules as required by the SCO. Provides technical assistance and conducts necessary
training. Maintains technical publications and files. Ensures COMSEC procedures and
instructions related to crypto security, transmission security, and emissions security are
complied with. Ensures compliance with safety procedures.
Manages the transfer of information technology using Military or commercial satellites,
Tactical LOS, HF, UHF, VHF and HF Longhaul communications. Operations are routinely
performed within a battle group with specific circuits and protocol that must be
utilized. Complies with COMSEC requirements on both transmission and receipt of
Manages the operation of information systems in support of worldwide telecommunications
network. Assigned systems include, but not limited to MDU/MDS, NAVMACS II, GATEGUARD, NIPR/SIPRNET, ADNS
and COMPOSE SYSTEMS.
Advises the SCO on capabilities, limitations and condition of equipment. The incumbent
may be required to work aloft and over side to ascertain equipment condition.
Interacts with technical support personnel and peers to resolve technical hardware and
Provides technical assistance to personnel involved in system programming and hardware
selections. Performs customer service assistance and/or training in response to
mission/companies needs and requirements.
Operates Command, Control, Communications, Computer and Systems(C4S)including equipment used
for communication, tracking, recognition and identification. Systems to be kept fully
operational include ship’s capability to handle two secure Fleet Broadcast Satellite
Communications (FLTBROADCAST) channels for classified traffic, CUDIXS Full period
termination to send and receive genser traffic and tactical information via GCCS- M, NGW
and CBSP if equipped.
Must Possess a thorough knowledge of electronic theory and be competent to perform all
required equipment inspections, evaluation of performance, troubleshooting, preventive
maintenance and minor repair to shipboard communications systems. Must be fully
proficient with operating Radio Cryptographic Equipment. Skilled in interpretation of
electronics technical manuals, drawings, specifications and schematic drawings.
Proficient in the proper use of a wide variety of diagnostic programs electronics test
equipment and tools. Skilled in diagnosing problems determining appropriate corrective
Must be knowledgeable of the electrical safety programs and safety requirements of the
equipment worked upon.
Required to observe all safety rules and take appropriate precautions to ensure personal
safety of co-workers.
Maybe assigned as the department Tag Out/Lock Out Coordinator. Proficient in the
performance of shipboard emergency drills and working procedures related to the duties
and responsibilities of the EKMS Local Element (LE) Alternate Custodian.
Supervises and trains assigned personnel.
Ensures continuing application and compliance with EEO laws, regulations and policies.
Carries out EEO Policies and communicates support of these policies to subordinates.
Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of
this position. Performs
other duties as assigned.
Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of
age and possess and maintain a valid:
1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months remaining on expiration date.
2. Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD)
Common Access with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining of expiration date.
3. Merchant Marine Credential (MMC) with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining on
4. Must have three (3) years cumulative experience sailing on MSC Vessels as a
permanent First Radio Electronics Technician (RET1) or temporary Chief Radio Electronics
Technician (CRET). Experience must have been aboard at least two (2) ship class types,
i.e. AO, AKE, AOE, ARS, ATF, AS, etc.
5. U.S. Navy trained IT personnel E6 or above with experience supervising a shipboard
Communications Center (i.e. Radio Central/Outboard Shack), or other Government, Military or
Commercial environment (i.e. NCTAMS, NTCC, TAGOS (SURTASS), DOD COMMCENTER).
Applicants utilizing Military experience should
have no more than 10 years recency out of the field.
NOTE: When submitting an application for employment, you must provide a letter from your secutiy official to document Top Secret eligibility. You must have Top Secret eligibility within the last 24 months; or current active Secret clearance, or Confidential Security clearance eligibility, when hired for this position.