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Radio Mechanics - 49-2021.01

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Communications Systems Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Field Technician (Field Tech)
  • Radio Repairman
  • Radio Service Programmer
  • Radio Service Technician (Radio Service Tech)
  • Radio Technician (Radio Tech)
  • RF Tech (Radio Frequency Technician)
  • Subscriber Technician
  • Two-Way Radio Technician (Two-Way Radio Tech)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Calibrate and align components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
  • Clean and lubricate motor generators.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mount equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
  • Remove and replace defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
  • Repair circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
  • Test batteries, using hydrometers and ammeters, and charge batteries as necessary.
  • Test emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
  • 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.
  • Turn setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment.
  • Control power supply connections.
  • Inspect safety equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect telecommunications equipment to identify problems.
  • Install audio or communications equipment.
  • Lubricate equipment to allow proper functioning.
  • Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
  • Repair electrical components.
  • Repair electronic equipment.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts.
  • Test communications equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • AN/SRQ-4 W/EC-181 Ku Band Radio Terminal Set Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Digital Wideband Systems Maintainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ground Electronics Systems Maintenance Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ground Electronics Transmission Systems Maintainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • LCS-1 (Freedom Variant) TACAN/AIMS/SATCOM/AN-UPX Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Metrology Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Electrician, Radio
  • Radio Mechanic

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Electrician, Radio
  • Electronic Equipment Repairer
  • Radio Mechanic