Radio Officer

Operate and maintain radio equipment and accessories aboard ship.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Radio Officers do?

Operates and maintains radiotelegraph and radiotelephone equipment and accessories aboard ship: Turns on power to activate generator, and throws switches to cut in transmitters and antennas. Turns dials to obtain sending frequency and volume. Receives and transmits messages following procedure prescribed by federal regulations. Maintains log of messages transmitted and received. Monitors emergency frequency for ship and distress calls. Performs minor repairs and adjustments on ships’ radio equipment and lifeboat radios. Charges batteries. May perform minor repairs to radar, loran, auto-alarm, and gyrocompass systems. May copy broadcast schedules, such as Merfox, Mercast, and news. Must be licensed by Federal Communications Commission as Radiotelegraph Operator and Radiotelephone Operator, and by U.S. Coast Guard as Radio Officer.

Should I be a Radio Officer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Radio Division Officer, Radio Electronics Officer, Radio Recorder

    How to become a Radio Officer

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