What does a Radio Mechanic do?

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.

Jobs Roles

  • Repair circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
  • 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.
  • Install, adjust, and repair stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems.
  • Examine malfunctioning radio equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment.
  • Remove and replace defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
  • Calibrate and align components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
  • Turn setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.
  • Test emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
  • Mount equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
  • Insert plugs into receptacles and bolt or screw leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools.
  • Test batteries, using hydrometers and ammeters, and charge batteries as necessary.
  • Monitor radio range stations to detect transmission flaws and adjust controls to eliminate flaws.
  • Clean and lubricate motor generators.
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