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Radio Operators - 27-4013.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Communications Specialist
  • Radio Electronics Officer (REO)
  • Flight Communications Specialist
  • Radio Operator
  • Telecommunication Operator
  • Airline Operations Agent
  • Flight Follower
  • Police Communications Operator
  • Communications Technician
  • Radio Electronics Technician (RET)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Broadcast weather reports and warnings.
  • Communicate with receiving operators to exchange transmission instructions.
  • Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests to ensure that operations standards are met.
  • Coordinate radio-related aspects of locating and contacting airplanes and ships that are missing or in distress.
  • Determine and obtain bearings of sources from which signals originate, using direction-finding procedures and equipment.
  • Examine and operate new equipment prior to installation to ensure that it performs properly.
  • Maintain station logs of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.
  • Monitor emergency frequencies to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
  • Operate radio equipment to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.
  • Operate sound-recording equipment to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.
  • Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Review applicable regulations regarding radio communications, and report violations.
  • Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.
  • Set up antennas and mobile communication units during military field exercises.
  • Turn controls or throw switches to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Inspect communications or broadcasting equipment.
  • Maintain knowledge of laws or regulations.
  • Maintain logs of production activities.
  • Maintain recording or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate audio recording equipment.
  • Operate communications, transmissions, or broadcasting equipment.
  • Operate control consoles for sound, lighting or video.
  • Report news to the public.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Controller-Trainee (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Airborne and Air Delivery Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Airborne Communicator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, AV-8B (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, CH-46 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, CH-53 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, F-35B (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, U/AH-1 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Avionics Technician, V-22 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communications/Navigation Systems Technician, KC-130 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Radar System Technician, EA-6 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Radar Systems Technician, F/A-18 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Electronic Countermeasures Systems Technician, EA-6B (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Anti-tank Missileman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Asia-Pacific Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV)/Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB) Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Communication Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Electronic Micro/miniature Component and Cable Repair Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Precision Measurement Equipment (PME) Calibration/Repair Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Avionic Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)
  • Avionics/Maintenance Technician, Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cavalry Scout (Army - Enlisted)
  • Central Asian Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Documentation/Production Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Combat Signaler (Army - Enlisted)
  • Communication/Navigation/Cryptographic/Countermeasures Systems Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communications Interceptor/Locator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Critical Skills Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Communications Interceptor/Locator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Linguist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Collection (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Interpretative (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • CWO - Information Warfare Technician (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Digital (Multi-channel) Wideband Transmission Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • ECS Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • EHF Satellite Communications Operator-Maintainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Electronic Warfare Operator Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Warfare Operator Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Warfare Operator Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Warfare Operator Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Warfare Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technicians (Navigation) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • European Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • EW/SIGINT Emitter Identifier/Locator (Army - Enlisted)
  • EW/SIGINT Morse Interceptor (Army - Enlisted)
  • EW/SIGINT Non-Morse Interceptor (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data System Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Cannoneer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Fire Control Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Radar Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Sensor Support Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Field Radio Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fire Control Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Support Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fire Support Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Fixed-Wing Aircraft Crew Chief, KC-130 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fleet SATCOM Terminal Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radio Repairer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • High Frequency Communication Central Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (Army - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Communications, Submarine (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LDO - Information Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • LHD Class Radio Communications Systems Controller (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • M1 Armor Crewman (Army - Enlisted)
  • M1A1 Tank Crewman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Mass Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Middle East Cryptologic Linguist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Military Affiliate Radio System Radio Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Mobile Systems Facilities Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)/High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Avionics (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Helicopter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Mechanical (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Communication Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Operations Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Quartermaster (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radio and Communications Security (COMSEC) Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Radio Communications Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radio Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Telegraph Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Radio Teletype Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Teletypewriter Operator (Non-Morse) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radioman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Radioman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radioman Watchstander (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Reconfigurable Transportable Consolidated Automated Support System (RTCASS) Technician, IMA (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Reconnaissance Man (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Remote Receiving Station (RRS) Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • RL - Special Duty Officer - Information Warfare Officer (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Satellite Communications Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Senior Air Traffic Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Signal Security Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signal Support Systems Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signalman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Signalman Tracking NEC (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Signals Collection/Identification Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Collector/Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant/SIGINT Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Signals Intelligence Analyst (Army - Enlisted)
  • Sonar Technician (Surface) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Communication Signals Collection Operator/Analyst (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Communications Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Intelligence System Administrator/Communicator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Special Warfare Boat Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • SSN Radio Frequency (RF)Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Defense Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Systems Operator/Mission Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Transmission System Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • TRIDENT ECS Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • TRIDENT I/II Radio Frequency (RF) Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tropospheric Scatter Radio Multi-channel Equipment Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • URL - Surface Warfare (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Visual Information Operations Chief (Army - Enlisted)
  • Voice-Radio Operator (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Radio Station Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Airline-Radio Operator
  • Airline-Radio Operator, Chief
  • Dispatcher
  • Electronic Intelligence Operations Specialist
  • Photoradio Operator
  • Radio Officer
  • Radio Station Operator
  • Radio-Intelligence Operator
  • Radiotelegraph Operator
  • Radiotelephone Operator