CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Radio Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Radio Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Receive and transmit communications using radiotelephone equipment in accordance with government regulations. May repair equipment. Monitor emergency frequencies in order to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.
 
Communicate with receiving operators in order to exchange transmission instructions.
 
Operate radio equipment in order to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.
 
Broadcast weather reports and warnings.
 
Maintain station logs of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.
 
Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests in order to ensure that operations standards are met.
 
Turn controls or throw switches in order to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.
 
Operate sound-recording equipment in order to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.
 
Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.
 
Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.
 
Coordinate radio-related aspects of locating and contacting airplanes and ships that are missing or in distress.
 
Determine and obtain bearings of sources from which signals originate, using direction-finding procedures and equipment.
 
Examine and operate new equipment prior to installation in order to ensure that it performs properly.
 
Review applicable regulations regarding radio communications, and report violations.
 
Set up antennas and mobile communication units during military field exercises.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Radio Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Radio Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Radio Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Radio Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Radio Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aircraft Dispatcher
Airline Operations Agent
Airline Radio Operator
Avionics Supervisor
Centrex Radio Operator
Communications Specialist
Communications Technician
Continuous Wave Operator (CW Operator)
Dispatcher
Electronic Intelligence Operations Specialist
Field Radio Operator
Flight Communications Specialist
Flight Follower
Photoradio Operator
Police Communications Operator
Radio Communication Coordinator
Radio Division Officer
Radio Electronics Officer (REO)
Radio Electronics Technician (RET)
Radio Intelligence Operator
Radio Officer
Radio Operator
Radio Recorder
Radio Station Operator
Radiophone Operator
Radiotelegraph Operator
Radiotelegrapher
Radiotelephone Operator
Signals Analyst
Telecommunication Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Radio Operators
 
 
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