Design, install and maintain telecommunications and computer networks all over the world. Set up a basewide phone network overseas. Serve as a technical liaison for foreign embassy visitors. Work with support technicians from top-level companies stateside. Communications tools are a huge part of your life, and you can maintain that passion working in the telecommunications field of America’s Navy.
As a Navy Telecommunications Network Engineer, you’ll learn to use mapping and navigation devices, and even classified coding and decoding machinery. You can help the Navy establish new delivery models for IT services, such as cloud-computing networks and common, hosted networks.
Your interest in computer science will lead you toward mastering communications, computer network and alarm systems. You will work with classified data and information, install and repair communications systems within ships and shore-based facilities, and much more.
As a Telecommunications Network Engineer, you may also:
- Maintain TV systems
- Install telephones and other communications circuits, boxes, switchboards and bell-buzzer systems
- Prepare and interpret blueprints, wiring diagrams and sketches
- Maintain and repair navigation equipment and plotters
- Work as a computer systems analyst, systems or software programmer, or computer network technician
This dynamic telecommunications field has a fleet of more than 300 ships, 4,000 aircraft and 380,000 personnel all over the globe. Your job in telecommunications in the Navy could be on a ship, on a base or overseas, with opportunity for hands-on experience on some of the most sophisticated communications and navigation equipment in the world.
Training & Advancement
Extensive training in solid-state electronic circuitry, electricity and applied mathematics may be available to qualified candidates. Advancements in pay grades take place after requirements are fulfilled.
Most of the telecommunications training in the Navy directly translates to credit at colleges and universities. Continued college education may also be available through the Navy College Program and tuition assistance.
For Navy Telecommunications Network Engineers, pay is dependent upon rank or rate and years in service. Like most positions, your increase in rate and rank is earned. Promotions depend upon your performance and time in service.
A 4-year college degree is not required to become a part of the Navy’s telecommunications community.
After the Navy
Telecommunications systems in today’s world are so commonplace that they are often taken for granted in America’s Navy. You will learn and work with some of the most advanced technology available. That knowledge will allow you to quickly move forward in a career field with the most potential in today’s job market.
Your Navy training may also prepare you for the following civilian careers:
- Station Installer and Repair Person
- Central Office Repair Supervisor
- Electromechanical Technician
- Computer Programmer
Whether continuing your career within the military or civilian sector, the skills you acquire in America’s Navy will allow you to successfully help manage world-class technology that keeps networks functioning as one cohesive unit.
Consider Your Service Options.
There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.