Radio Mechanic

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What They Do

Radio Mechanics Career Video

Tests or repairs 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.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Examines malfunctioning radio equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment.
  • Repairs circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
  • Installs, adjusts, and repairs stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems.
  • Tests 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.
  • Calibrates and aligns components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
  • Mounts equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
  • Turns setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.
  • Tests emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
  • Removes and replaces defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
  • Inserts plugs into receptacles and bolts or screws leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Electronics Technician — Helps design, develop, test, manufacture, install, and repair electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Field Service Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Radio Frequency Technician
  • Radio Repairman
  • Radio Technician
  • Two-Way Radio Technician