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Radio Operators
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 90

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $23.35 - $26.57

Typical Annual Salary: $48,600 - $55,300

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Operate sound-recording equipment to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.
  • Monitor emergency frequencies to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
  • Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.
  • Communicate with receiving operators to exchange transmission instructions.
  • Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
  • Operate radio equipment to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.
  • Broadcast weather reports and warnings.
  • Maintain station logs of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.
  • Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests to ensure that operations standards are met.
  • Turn controls or throw switches to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.

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