Interior Communications Electrician- (IC)
IC Community Overview
IC Career Path
Interior Communications Electricians install, maintain and repair the equipment needed for interior communications within ships and shore facilities. These communication systems include public address systems, interior telephone systems, alarm systems, engine telegraphs to communicate orders for changes in engine speed from the bridge (ship's command station) to the engine room, certain kinds of ship control and equipment monitoring devices, the ship's gyrocompass, the rudder position indicator, audio-visual equipment for the ship's TV entertainment systems, advanced navigation and various other equipment.
What They Do
The duties performed by ICs include: maintaining and repairing interior communications systems; preparing and interpreting blueprints, wiring diagrams and sketches; installing and inspecting dry cell and storage batteries; recharging wet cell batteries; testing interior communications and gyrocompass equipment; installing telephone and other communications circuits, boxes, switchboards and bell buzzer systems;
maintaining plotters and dead reckoning equipment; maintaining and operating TV systems; maintaining and repairing shipboard navigation equipment.
People in the IC rating work in many different situations, at sea and ashore. While most of their work is performed indoors, it may be in a clean or dirty environment of a shop-like nature, and it may be in any kind of climate or temperature. IC's usually work closely with others. Most systems IC's work on is of the modern solid state electronic type, making the rating a very technical profession.
Requirements ASVAB: VE + AR + MK + MC = 210
Must have normal color perception
Security clearance required
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Note: Advancement opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater opportunity than those in overmanned ratings). Rating conversions will normally only be considered for those who are in appropriately manned or overmanned ratings who seek entry into undermanned ratings. Please see a career counselor for more information.