WANTED: Radio/Electronics Officers to work on ships in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Excellent pay, pension, benefits and vacation.Electronics Technicians – Are you interested in earning upwards of $20K/month?This is a senior technical position and candidates must be capable of working independently.Will be deploying on U.S. merchant ships for extended periods (ie. months) ET? IT? OS? RM? This is an excellent job opportunity for ex-military technicians, especially USN/USCG retirees.
Required: A career background in marine electronics.In general, we are looking for 10+ years of experience in marine electronics that is directly relevant to ships.A specific knowledge of radar M&R is required, as well as a broad-based knowledge of the installation, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of communications, navigation and control systems.Must have FCC licenses, including radar endorsement and GMDSS Operator/Maintainer.Must have strong basic IT skills.Microsoft and Comptia certs a plus.Motors, instrumentation and/or engine room time a plus.Possession of or the ability to obtain US Merchant Marine Credential (MMC), Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) and U.S. passport required.
American Radio Association, AFL-CIO has been representing seagoing radio operators, Electronic Officers and Master Electronic Officers employed on U.S. flag merchant vessels since the 1930s, when ARA was a local of the predecessor to the Communications Workers of America.
In 1948 the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) issued a separate charter to the ARA as an international union. ARA c...ontinues to be an affiliate of the AFL-CIO and in 2006 ARA affiliated with International Longshore and Warehouse Union as ILWU’s autonomous Electronic and Information Technology affiliate. As communications technology advanced the ARA Technology Institute for Maritime Electronics (ARA TIME) provided training for its members so they could transition from the traditional Morse Code “brass pounder” to skilled marine Electronics Officers.
ARA membership through training and recruitment over the past decade or more have transitioned from primarily communications officers and watch standers under the Safety of Life at Seas Convention (to monitor SOS calls) to skilled electronics officers. ARA members maintain and repair a wide range of technologically advanced equipment aboard modern merchant vessels. In addition to being the primary Operators of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (“GMDSS”) ARA Master Radio Electronics Officers/Communications and Electronics Officers are trained in computer systems, networking, software maintenance, administration, data communications, the maintenance of integrated navigation and engine control systems, the repair of instrumentation and automation systems and other related duties aboard the ship.
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