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I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

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Radio Officer - Aviation

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At a Glance... header image

Perform operational duties appropriate to the provision of Aeronautical Mobile, Fixed and Broadcast Communications services.


The Work header image

Radio Officers perform operational duties appropriate to the provision by the Authority of Aeronautical Mobile, Fixed and Broadcast Communications services to international aviation. Radio Officers are based in Ballygirreen, Co. Clare.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor emergency frequencies in order to detect distress calls and respond by dispatching emergency equipment.

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Communicate with receiving operators in order to exchange transmission instructions.

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Operate radio equipment in order to communicate with ships, aircraft, mining crews, offshore oil rigs, logging camps and other remote operations.

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Broadcast weather reports and warnings.

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Maintain station logs of messages transmitted and received for activities such as flight testing and fire locations.

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Conduct periodic equipment inspections and routine tests in order to ensure that operations standards are met.

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Turn controls or throw switches in order to activate power, adjust voice volume and modulation, and set transmitters on specified frequencies.

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Operate sound-recording equipment in order to record signals and preserve broadcasts for purposes such as analysis by intelligence personnel.

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Send, receive, and interpret coded messages.

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Repair radio equipment as necessary, using electronic testing equipment, hand tools, and power tools.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

Entry Routesheader image

Applicants must have passed at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate (Mathematics essential) with a minimum of Grade C in, at least, two higher level papers. An equivalent Second Level qualification is acceptable or an equivalent or higher level Third Level qualification is also acceptable provided that the applicant has passed Mathematics. English language proficiency is essential. -For full details see IAA

Last Updated: December, 2015


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Organisation: Irish Aviation Authority
  Address: Training Centre, Ballycasey, Shannon, Co. Clare
  Tel: (061) 366000
  Email: Click here
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