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How Do I Become a Radio Mechanic?

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  • Written By: Mary McMahon
  • Edited By: Shereen Skola
  • Last Modified Date: 03 February 2019
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Formal education is one way to become a radio mechanic, and it’s also possible to learn on the job. In some regions, certain types of positions require a license from a regulatory agency. Marine and aviation mechanics in the United States, for example, need a license because they handle sensitive systems that may become critical in an emergency. A license confirms that a mechanic has the necessary training and skills to perform maintenance and repairs safely.

Technical schools may provide radio mechanic coursework that ends with a certificate or associate’s degree. It is also possible to pursue a four year degree to become a radio mechanic. Advanced training is not usually required, but it can be helpful for some positions. Knowledge of electrical engineering, radio communications, and related topics may make an applicant more competitive. While in school, it may be possible to intern or work for a radio maintenance company to start acquiring experience.

Another option is to train on the job, under the supervision of an experienced technician. This allows someone to work while training to become a radio mechanic, and can provide valuable practical experience in the field. Some companies accept trainees for mechanic positions. It may also be necessary to study at home while in training in order to keep up with tasks and get familiar with the radio systems used.

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If a license is required, someone who plans to become a radio mechanic can apply to take the test. A regulatory agency may require a college degree or proof of experience before it will allow people to sit for the examination, depending on its policies. On the test, radio mechanics demonstrate knowledge of the systems they work with. This includes an awareness of common mechanical issues as well as regulations pertaining to radio communications that might be important for a mechanic to know while on the job.

Continuing education can be important after someone has become a radio mechanic. The technology changes periodically and it may be necessary to keep up with new systems and designs. Trade publications provide an opportunity to track developments, as do conferences and seminars. Employees of radio maintenance and repair firms may be able to get their employees to pay for professional development of this nature. Mechanics who keep up with the latest can improve the quality of services offered by their employers and provide customers with as much information as possible about their options when they buy or upgrade systems.

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