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Information Technology Professional (IT Support)

Company: US Navy
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: February 24, 2021

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In the Navy, information technology (IT) plays an important role in everything from electronic mail systems, to shipboard control systems, to Special Intelligence (SI) systems. Navy Information System Technicians (IT specialists) are Enlisted Sailors who engage in a broad range of responsibilities, including network administration, database management and computer hardware and software implementation. Their responsibilities include:

  • Operating and maintaining Navy global satellite telecommunications systems
  • Serving as admin on mainframe computers and local and wide area networks
  • Implementing micro-computer systems throughout the Fleet
  • Serving as an important part of the Information Warfare Community in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings of adversaries and developing unmatched knowledge of the battlespace during wartime

    What to Expect

    Information Systems Technician



    More Information

    Full time Part time

    Responsibilities

    As an Information Technology professional, you will help ensure the viability of essential communications links. You'll provide administrative support for the equipment that keeps records on everything from personnel training to healthcare to promotions, to offering technical support and training to fellow personnel. Your role may also include:
    • Writing programs to handle data for a wide variety of applications
    • Operating and coordinating automated networks, datalinks and circuits
    • Applying diagnostic, corrective and recovery techniques to information systems
    • Analyzing communication signals
    • Providing telecommunications and computer-related training and assistance
    • Performing preventive and corrective maintenance on state-of-the-art equipment
    • Operating and maintaining global satellite telecommunications systems
    • Working under the oversight of Information Professionals - Officers (four-year degree required) who serve as managers of information networks

      As an Information Technology professional, you will help ensure the viability of essential communications links. You'll provide administrative support for the equipment that keeps records on everything from personnel training to healthcare to promotions, to offering technical support and training to fellow personnel. Your role may also include:
      • Writing programs to handle data for a wide variety of applications
      • Operating and coordinating automated networks, datalinks and circuits
      • Applying diagnostic, corrective and recovery techniques to information systems
      • Analyzing communication signals
      • Providing telecommunications and computer-related training and assistance
      • Performing preventive and corrective maintenance on state-of-the-art equipment
      • Operating and maintaining global satellite telecommunications systems
      • Working under the oversight of Information Professionals - Officers (four-year degree required) who serve as managers of information networks

        Work Environment

        Information Systems Technicians serve in versatile roles both afloat and ashore - on ships or at communications stations in the United States or overseas. Typical work involves mental analysis and problem solving and takes place in clean, air-conditioned electronic equipment space or computer rooms. Duties may be performed individually or as part of a team.

        Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Information Systems Technicians in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

        For annual training, Information Systems Technicians may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.

        Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors .

        Training & Advancement

        Upon completion of initial 7-9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing an Information Systems Technician position receive formal Navy schooling at "A" School in Pensacola, FL. For approximately 24 weeks, they develop the working knowledge it takes to be Navy IT specialists in preparation for their first assignment on a ship or at a shore station.

        Starting with extensive technical preparation in everything from database design to computer networking to communications systems, skills continue to be enhanced through on-the-job training and experience. 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 valuablecredentialing and occupational opportunitiesin related fields.

        Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent.

        Information Systems Technicians in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.

        For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement - so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again

        For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.

        Jobs in Navy Information Technology involve a high level of responsibility and maturity in dealing with highly technical systems and classified information. Often, the extensive Navy Reserve training in this area converts directly to college credit. Advanced technical training may be available for qualified individuals.

        Education Opportunities

        Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of information technology 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:
        • Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
        • Post-9/11 GI Bill

          Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of information technology 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:
          • Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
          • Post-9/11 GI Bill

            Qualifications & Requirements

            A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the IT field in the Navy. Those seeking an Information Systems Technician position must be U.S. citizens who can meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance. You should have a good working aptitude of math, an understanding of modern computing devices and the capability to do highly detail-oriented work.

            General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've never served before .

            A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the IT field in the Navy. Those seeking an Information Systems Technician position must be U.S. citizens who can meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance. You should have a good working aptitude of math, an understanding of modern computing devices and the capability to do highly detail-oriented work.

            General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've never served before .

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