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Navy Electronics Technicians (ETs) are an exclusive group of professionals specially trained in electrical engineering, computer and aerospace. They help operate and manage the electronics systems and subsystems of the world’s most advanced ships and aircraft – as well as on bases ashore.
As an ET, you’ll be responsible for maintaining, repairing and adjusting a huge range of cutting-edge electronic equipment. You may work with equipment used for everything from communications, detection and tracking to recognition and identification, navigation, and electronic countermeasures.
There are also electronics careers that require advanced nuclear training and involve working with nuclear reactor control, propulsion and power generation on Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Learn about opportunities in nuclear operations.
There are no part-time jobs available for this career track.
As a Navy Electronics Technician, you may serve at sea or ashore, repairing systems and equipment on Navy surface ships and landing craft at bases, ports of call, critical disaster areas and development areas. Typically, you’ll be working with industry-leading technology and highly specialized personnel in an intense, fast-paced environment with little room for error.
Upon completion of the initial 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing positions in the Navy electronics field report to Apprentice Technical Training in Great Lakes, Ill., to receive 9 weeks of instruction in basic electronics, maintenance and troubleshooting. From there ETs move on to “A” school for 42 weeks of advanced technical training, covering areas including communications and radar technology.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
Navy Nuclear Field (NF) Program
Refer to the Navy Nuclear Field (NF) Program section on the nuclear operations page to learn more about the additional training involved in becoming a nuclear-trained ET.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of flight operations can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Electronics field in the Navy. Those seeking a position as an Electronics Technician must be U.S. citizens who can meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance. They must also have knowledge of arithmetic and be able to work well with computers and other electronic devices.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.