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Radio Mechanic  What They Do

Just the Facts


Repairs, installs or maintains mobile or stationary radio transmitting, broadcasting, and receiving equipment, and two-way radio communications systems used in cellular telecommunications, mobile broadband, ship-to-shore, aircraft-to-ground communications, and radio equipment in service and emergency vehicles. May test and analyze network coverage.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Repairs circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
  • Tests 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.
  • Installs, adjusts, and repairs stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems.
  • Examines malfunctioning radio equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment.
  • Removes and replaces defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
  • Calibrates and aligns components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
  • Turns setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.
  • Tests emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
  • Mounts equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
  • Inserts plugs into receptacles and bolts or screws leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Radio Electrician --