25Q: Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer Jobs

Working With Communication Devices

BAGHDAD—Spc. Bradley Berlau, a multichannel transmissions systems operator and maintainer with Company B, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division – Center and a Dallas Center, Iowa, native, cleans a generator prior to inspection for turn in on July 28 at Camp Liberty, Iraq. Theater-provided equipment, such as this generator, must be cleaned thoroughly before it can be turned in for refurbishment or transferred to another combat zone such as Afghanistan.
••• U.S. Army / 1st Lt. Christopher Hoff, 2nd AAB, 1st Inf. Div., USD-C

A U.S. Army Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer works directly on communication devices and equipment that communicate through more than one channel. They are responsible for installation, repair, operation, and maintenance check of these devices, antennae and associated equipment, according to the U.S. Army.

Jobs Duties

Duties performed by Soldiers in this Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) include:

  • Installs, operates, and performs unit level maintenance on multichannel line-of-site and tropospheric scatter communications systems, antennas, and associated equipment.
  • Analyzes BIT/BITE diagnostics to isolate faults to the Line Replaceable Unit.
  • Installs, operates, performs strapping, restrapping, preventive maintenance checks and services, and unit level maintenance on communication security devices.
  • Operates and performs Preventive Maintenance Checks and Services on assigned vehicles. Installs, operates, and performs preventive maintenance checks and services on assigned power generators.
  • Supervises operations and assists team members in the installation and operation of multichannel line-of-site and tropospheric scatter communications systems.
  • Supervises, performs and assists team members in the performance of unit level maintenance on assigned communications equipment.
  • Requests logistical support.
  • Prepares input for statistical and other operational reports.

Training Information

Job training for a multichannel transmission systems operator-maintainer requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 15 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:

  • Operating multi-channel transmission equipment and diagnostic equipment.
  • Performing maintenance on associated transmission vehicles.
  • As your career continues, you will take more classes and training.

Helpful Skills

Having already mastered the following skills will be seen as an advantage:

  • Ability to apply electronic principles and concepts.
  • Enjoys working on electronics and fiber optics.
  • Good at problem-solving.
  • Interest in working with radios and transmissions.


Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and clearly enunciate English.
  • Ability to work for extended periods in a confined area.

Similar Civilian Occupations

  • Radio Mechanics.
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers.
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers.

Compensation & Educational Benefits

Compensation for this MOS includes housing, medical, food, special pay, as well as paid vacation. In the U.S. Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.

Army PaYS Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program, which is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers. These company executives are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organizations.