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Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer (25F)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Network switching systems operator-maintainer performs maintenance on electronic switches, control centers, combat radios and other equipment associated with networks. They also use computers to troubleshoot the system when errors occur.

Job Duties

  • Maintenance of automatic switchboards, electronic switching systems, red switches and telephone central offices
  • Conduct preventive maintenance on vehicles and power generators

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for a network switching systems operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, and 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Maintaining communication network equipment and switches
  • Operating and installing communication equipment
  • Operating diagnostic equipment specific to network switches

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in working with network equipment and switches
  • Ability to apply electronic concepts
  • A general understanding of math and physics
  • Good at solving problems

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Surveillance & Communications (SC) : 105, Electronics (EL) : 102

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in many businesses that use communication networks.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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