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Electrician's Mate (EM)

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General Description 

 Electrician's Mates (USN and FTS) are responsible for the operation of a ship's electrical power generation systems, lighting systems, electrical equipment and electrical appliances. The duties include installation, operation, adjustment, routine maintenance, inspection, test and repair of electrical equipment. EM's also perform maintenance and repair of related electronic equipment.

What They Do

The duties performed by EMs include: installing power and lighting circuits; repairing distribution circuits; running wiring for lights and other equipment; maintaining operating efficiency of distribution panels, switches, switchboards, controllers, voltage regulators, current transformers and voltage transformers; maintaining operating efficiency of electric motors; repairing electrical equipment and appliances;
installing and maintaining storage batteries; inspecting, maintaining, testing and repairing electric power equipment; maintenance and repair of shipboard elevator systems; interpreting electrical sketches, diagrams and blueprints; maintenance and repair of various propulsion and auxiliary control consoles; connecting electric power machinery and electric power equipment.

Working Environment

Most work in the EM rating is performed indoors, under varied conditions at sea and ashore. Work may be done in a shop-like environment. EM's do mostly physical work of a technical nature and usually work closely with other ratings. USN EM's are stationed primarily aboard USN deploying ships, FTS EM's are stationed aboard Naval Reserve Force (NRF) ships that deploy or conduct local operations. 

Requirements ASVAB

 VE + AR + MK + MC = 210

Must have normal color perception