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Norfolk, Virginia

Base Salary: $64,170 not including overtime

A $13,098 recruitment incentive is authorized for eligible selectees. Actual amount is calculated as 10% of base pay. Incentive is paid as a lump sum at the beginning of employment with the Command, and requires a 2-year service agreement. CIVMAR (VEOA) candidates and Annuitants selected for employment as Electronics Technician are


The 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 on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, contested or uncontested environments.

The Electronics Technician must be able to work independently and be proficient and able to interpret test results from a variety of electrical and electronic test equipment. This test equipment includes but is not limited to, oscilloscopes, function generators, I-P calibrators, power harmonic analyzers, analog and digital multi-meters and other diagnostic instruments. The Electronics Technician must be proficient in the operation, testing and demonstration for regulatory bodies, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing of a wide variety of electrical and electronic equipment aboard ship.

This may include, but not be limited to:
  • Engine Room control consoles & monitoring systems
  • Engine, auxiliary machinery, and boiler automation, monitoring, and boiler
  • Electrical generation, conversion, and distribution electronics and automated controls
  • Ship control systems and console
  • Main propulsion controls and console
  • Instrumentation
  • Network Data Systems
  • CBR-D, fire, safety and security systems
  • Telephone system and exchange programming
  • Cargo handling equipment systems, and monitoring
  • Aviation support systems and monitoring
  • Motor operated valves

    The Electronic Technician must be versed in standard marine engineering and understand the basic relationships between various systems and equipment. The Electronics Technician must be knowledgeable of marine as well as commercial electronics practice and procedures. The Electronics Technician must be capable of effectively communicating with a variety of technical representatives and direct supervisors. The Electronics Technician is required to monitor the work of technical representatives and provide good quality assurance. The incumbent must be adept at researching material requirements, creating work lists, utilizing the Naval Supply System and prioritizing tasks based on vessel operation requirements.

    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:

    1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months remaining of expiration date.
    2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration.
    3. United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.

    Position Specific Requirements:

    1. MMC endorsed as: Wiper
    2. Must meet one of the following requirements:
      • Holds a professional certification such as “Certified Industrial Electronics Technician” provided by the International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET).
      • Has documented military time as a Gas Turbine Systems Technician – Electrical (GSE) or equivalent and has documented commercial Electronics Technician work history with related industrial electronics experience.
      • Has sailed as Chief Electrician/Electrician or Second Electrician, and has documented work history in assisting the ship’s Electronics Technician or in performing electronic troubleshooting, maintenance, and repairs.
      • Holds an Associate’s Degree or higher from a fully accredited institution in an Electrical, Electronics, or Process Control Discipline.

    NOTE: Due to often strenuous shipboard duties and extended periods at sea, all applicants must meet MSC medical requirements. Any applicants applying for positions that would require them to work aloft will be required to meet specific weight restrictions in order to be considered for employment as a civil service mariner. (Human Resources Advisory 2013–3 Physical Requirements for Personnel in Connection with the use FPAS.)

    Norfolk, Virginia

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    Military Sealift Command, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a world-wide organization, employing more than 8,000 people, both military and civilian. The command is responsible for ocean transportation of military supplies and equipment; for providing sea-going platforms to support special at-sea missions; and for logistics support to U.S. Navy ships at sea.

    The command has many different career opportunities both ashore and afloat. As part of its work force, MSC employs more than 4,000 civil service mariners, federal government employees who crew and sail MSC's Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and special missions ships--all non-combatant ships.  Click here to find open opportunities.

    MSC is an equal opportunity employer.

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