B460:Information Systems Technician Surface

In the area of Communications Operations; IT Technicians establish, monitor, and maintain radio frequency (RF) communications systems both ashore and afloat. Specifically, they plan, coordinate establishment, monitor, troubleshoot, and restore classified and unclassified RF communication systems that support exchange of voice, data, video and imagery using terrestrial or satellite VLF, LF, MF, HF, VHF, UHF, SHF and EHF frequency spectrums afloat and ashore. Additionally, specialists in this area may perform spectrum management - coordinate and generate frequency assignments for use within area of responsibility, assess the impact of new frequency requirements upon the existing radio frequency environment, maintain a history of interference incidents and frequency employment files, initiate action as appropriate to prevent and/or correct harmful interference, and resolve joint and space interference.

Is there a clearance required?: Yes

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support

Military Duties:

In the area of Network Administration; IT Technicians provide technical assistance and resolve computer problems for clients. IT Technicians provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word-processing, electronic mail, and operating systems. They conduct help desk functions and repair fiber optics and a variety of cables. Additionally, IT Technicians conduct day-to-day operations such as system backups and restores, and add, modify, or delete user accounts. They install operating systems, applications and peripherals, troubleshoot user problems, debug command language scripts, and assist the Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) in access control security (i.e., passwords, access and control lists, etc). They may also perform advanced Network operations, administration, maintenance and training. IT Technicians analyze, test, and evaluate network systems, Internet, Intranet, and other data communications systems. They perform network modeling, analysis, and planning. They research and recommend network and data communications hardware and software solutions.

Military Duties Translated:

Researching, designing, implementing and managing software programs. Testing and evaluating new programs .Identifying areas for modification in existing programs and subsequently developing these modifications. Writing and implementing efficient code. Determining operational practicality. Developing quality assurance procedures. Deploying software tools, processes and metrics. Maintaining and upgrading existing systems

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Software Engineer