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.
- 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.