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Chief Radio Electronics Technician

Information Technology
Employment type
Full Time
Mid Career

Announcement #: 19-210-01EXOC Title, Series, Grade (Code)Chief Radio Electronics Technician WM-9995-10 (210)

Base Salary: East $63,017 West $63,290 Per annum

Type of Appointment: Excepted Service Career-Conditional

Opening Date: October 1, 2018 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 ontime 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 backups,

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 GCCSM,

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.  NCTAMS, NTCC, TAGOS (SURTASS), DOD COMMCENTER).  Applicants utilizing Military experience should have no  more than 10 years recency out of the field.


6. Current Security Plus Certificate within last three years of announcement from an accredited test facility.

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,  5  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. Skill in analyzing shipboard communications technical  issues, both orally and in writing. 

3. Ability to interpret and draft Naval and Communication  messages utilizing U.S. Joint and Allied publications and  instructions. 

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

5. Ability to use and interpret electronic technical  manuals and schematic drawings utilizing electronic  theory to troubleshoot communication systems, and  equipment.  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 MSC6  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.  

Apply Instructions

How to Apply: All applications for employment with Military Sealift Command must be submitted through To begin the process you must  submit an Information Request Form (IRF). 7

Your IRF submission will create a secure online profile after which you will receive an email to verify your account. Once verified, you will be able to complete the application process. Applications for this position can only be submitted during the announcement open period (Eastern Standard Time). Please note the email address you create will be used by the  Command to correspond with you. 

In addition to meeting the minimum conditions of employment, you will be required to scan and upload .jpg or .pdf files of the following documents: 

1. Front and back of United States Coast Guard Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), United States Coast

Guard license, and/or STCW certificate, and U.S. Passport. 

2. Relevant professional certificates as applicable for this position i.e. American Culinary Federation (ACF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Universal, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Security Plus, etc.

3. If you are a current or former federal government employee, a copy of your most recent Notice of Personnel Action (SF-50).

4. If you served in the U.S. military service, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Discharge (DD-214) that shows the type of discharge you received. This information is located under the “Character of Service” block of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10 points or higher veteran’s preference you must provide supporting documentation such as a completed Application for Preference (SF-15) Additional information on veteran’s preference is available at You will also be required to provide a copy of the VA Rating Decisions upon accepting the tentative offer of employment.

5. Last five (5) years of performance evaluations (if available) and training certificates applicable to the position you are applying for. 

6. Job related honors, awards, and special accomplishments; for example, military, government or recognized professional organizations related to the maritime field and performance awards.

You will be able to upload and store versions of these documents in your secure online profile. NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documents 

scanned and uploaded are legible. You have the ability to crop and view each document that is uploaded. You will not be able to submit an application unless you have uploaded the required documentation as indicated here. Applicants may be interviewed prior to being selected for employment.

How To Contact Us:

If you require technical support, please use the support tab located in the top right corner of the Start the Process page

This will generate an email a message for you to submit your issue. Emails will be responded to during business hours M-F 0800 – 1700 CST.

If you have any questions regarding the position or to follow up on an application submitted, please email us at or call us at (757) 341-4610 or (757) 341-4611, or our toll-free recruitment hotline at 1-877-562-7672 during the hours of 0700 to 2000 EST.


Federal job applicants who make a false statement in any part of the application could be turned down for the job, fired after beginning work, or subject to fine, imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001), or other disciplinary action. Employment of Federal Civilian Annuitants: Selection of CIVMAR annuitants for MSC positions must be approved by the Director for Civilian Human Resources. Annuitants serve at the will of the appointing officer. Benefits Information: In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in  the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or re-determined annuity for the reemployed period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United Stated Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at

Annuitants are not eligible for recruitment and retention incentives.


1. Previous security clearance issues (intents to deny or the revocation of security clearances).

2. Debts. 

3. Previous felony convictions where actual time was served in jail for more than one (1) year. Any questions relative to this issue should be directed to the CIVMAR Support Center at 866-562-7672.


All applicants meeting minimum qualifications will receive consideration without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, lawful political affiliation, non-disqualifying  disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or other personal condition unrelated to the applicant’s basic ability to perform satisfactorily. Please visit for more information. 

Determinations of whether an accommodation is appropriate shall be made by the agency as soon practicable, after the initial application process and shall be made with regard to all applicable statutes and regulations. If assistance is required to complete the application process, interested applicants should call our CIVMAR Support Center at the above number and refer to the “How to Apply” section of this announcement.

Military Sealift Command

Military Sealift Command
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy organization that controls most of the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. The United States Military Sealift Command has the responsibility for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all US military services as well as for other government agencies


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