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Chief Radio Electronics Technician

Category :
Information Technology
Full Time
Mid Career

Announcement #: 20-210-01EXOC 
Title, Series, Grade (Code) Chief Radio Electronics Technician WM-9995-10
Base Salary: $64,315 Per Annum. A $12,863 recruitment incentive is authorized for eligible selectees.  Actual amount is calculated as 10% of base pay.  Incentive is paid as a lump sum at the beginning of employment with the Command, and requires a 2-year service agreement.  CIVMAR (VEOA) candidates and Annuitants selected for employment as Chief Radio Electronics Technician are not eligible for recruitment incentives.    
Type of Appointment: Excepted Service Career-Conditional
Opening Date: October 1, 2019 Closing Date Open continuously with periodic cut-offs
Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide

Who May Apply: All United States citizens and current Military Sealift Command Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).   Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs) must submit a certification (i.e., statement of service) at the time of application which certifies that the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.  
Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties: 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 drawings.

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 action.

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.

Duties include:

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.

Supervises IT personnel in a computer environment (CE) performing vulnerability scans on information systems utilizing tools mandated by Department of Defense (DOD) and or private sector industry.  Performs system back-ups, scanning for computer viruses, implementing security measures when tasked by industry mandates and/or DOD requirements.  Manage computer assets.  Maintains a ship’s or industry company Local Area Network (LAN).

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 communications messages.

Trouble shoots LAN outages and or computer systems.  Diagnoses system faults to isolate failures between hardware, system software and application programs.  Investigates and reports CE issues or Information Assurance (IA) security violations to higher authority for resolution.

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 software problems.  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.

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. 
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: 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 expiration date. 

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.
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 Facility Security Officer
and or Government Security Official to document Top
Secret eligibility.  You must have Top Secret eligibility
within the last 24 months when hired for this position.

Evaluation Criteria: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements described above will be further evaluated. Documented knowledge, skills, and abilities, education, training, and awards contained in the application package and resume will be reviewed and rated to determine the degree to which applicants possess the required knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below that are essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position for which applications are being considered.

1. Thorough knowledge of shipboard communications and watch procedures as related to the duties and responsibilities of the Communications Watch Supervisor. 

2. Ability to communicate technical communication issues and operational procedures/comprehensive instructions both orally and in writing.  

3. Ability to interpret and draft Naval and Communication messages utilizing Navy, Joint, Allied publications and Operational instructions.  

4. Thorough and detailed knowledge on managing the Shipboard Electronic Key Management System (EKMS) account, as the Local Element (LE) alternate custodian.  

5. Ability to use and interpret system/circuit schematic drawings, and the use of test equipment in troubleshooting communication issues.  

Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating process.
Conditions of Employment: 1. CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis testing.
2. Able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility and assignment to a sensitive position.
3. A CIVMAR who occupies this rating or position while sailing on MSC Government Owned, Government Operated (GOGO) vessels is required to use Fall Protection Arrest System (FPAS) safety equipment in order to carry out essential functions of their rating or position. Therefore, the incumbent is required to maintain a mass body weight of no more than 295 Pounds.
4. Able to successfully pass the physical examinations (arranged by MSC) and maintain MSC medical requirements. Participate in vaccine immunization; including a tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also required. TB screening is not provided at the MSC-arranged medical examination, but can usually be obtained from your personal medical provider or free at any local public health clinic. If you have previously had a positive TB skin test (i.e. a CONVERTER or REACTOR), another skin test is not required. You must instead provide the medical department written proof that you have completed treatment with medicine (i.e. INH), or that you have started treatment with medicine, or that such treatment is not warranted as determined by competent medical authority.
5. Attend and successfully complete all mandatory training courses, including personal survival, which requires the ability to float in the water for a minimum of sixty (60) seconds.
6. Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the duties of this position worldwide at all times.
7. Be ready, willing, and able to work in a shipboard environment and wear protective equipment worldwide at all times.
8. Entry-level positions require candidates to pass an English language competency test.
9. Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer as the standard method of payroll payments.
10. Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and writing the English language.

a. The tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled appointments, fails the physical examination, fails the language competency test, fails the drug test, fails to disclose employment information, fails to report to new employee orientation, or is unable to obtain a security clearance.
b. On a case-by-case basis, an applicant who accepts a tentative offer of employment will be required to provide a VA Rating Decisions and/or Office of Worker’s Compensation Program (OWCP) Scheduled Awards.