Radio Mechanics
SOC: 49-2021.01


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
13,600 employed

Projected (2024):
14,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Broadcasting Equipment Mechanic
  • Electronic Equipment Repairer
  • Electronics Technician
  • Field Radio Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Land Mobile Radio Technician
  • Microwave Radio Technician
  • Radio Adjuster
  • Radio Electrician
  • Radio Frequency Technician
  • Radio Installer
  • Radio Machinist
  • Radio Maintainer
  • Radio Mechanic
  • Radio Mechanic Apprentice
  • Radio Repairer
  • Radio Repairman
  • Radio Rigger
  • Radio Technician
  • Radio Tester
  • Technician
  • Two-Way Radio Installer
  • Two-Way Radio Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Analog ohmmeters
  • Bench ammeters
  • Bench scales
  • Bench voltmeters
  • Cabinet-tip screwdrivers
  • Clamp ammeters
  • Clamp voltmeters
  • Conduit-fitting and reaming screwdrivers
  • Cordless soldering irons
  • Diagonal-cutting pliers
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital ohmmeters
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Hydraulic wire crimpers
  • Insulation resistance testers
  • Keystone-tip screwdrivers
  • LED voltage testers
  • Longnosed pliers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Neon voltage testers
  • Nut wrenches
  • Personal computers
  • Pump pliers
  • Radio signal testers
  • Series solenoid voltage testers
  • Side cutting pliers
  • Square-recess tip screwdrivers
  • Tablet computers
  • Torpedo levels
  • Utility knives
  • Volt-ammeters
  • Watt meters
  • Wire strippers
  • Computerized maintenance management system CMMS software
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word

  • installation maintenance and repair

    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990