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SubCom Electronic Technician (Navaids) in United States

SubCom is the leading global partner for todays undersea data transport requirements. SubCom designs, manufactures, deploys, maintains, and operates the industrys most reliable fiber optic cable networks. Its flexible solutions include repeaterless to ultra-long-haul, offshore oil and gas, scientific applications, and marine services. SubCom brings end-to-end network knowledge and global experience to support on-time delivery, and meet the needs of customers worldwide. To date, the company has deployed over 200 networks - enough undersea cable to circle Earth more than 17 times at the equator.


The Electronic Technician (Navaids) applies a working knowledge of computer and navigation skills to maintain and operate shipboard systems. The Electronic Technician (Navaids) will also be required to interact with shipyard personnel, port engineering staff, and equipment vendors.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain ship navigation, assist with shipboard communication, automation control, CCTV and shipboard safety systems

  • Must be available for worldwide travel. Sea going experience is beneficial.

  • A degree in Electronics Technology/Computer Science, equivalent military training, or 4 years of experience with shipboard electronics is preferred.

  • Solid understanding of the technical principles of electronic equipment functional operation and maintenance.

  • Maintain ship networks and computer systems following established Cyber Security guidelines and perform ISSO duties.

  • Supervising shipyard work during maintenance periods.

  • Able to function in a team setting.

  • Able to communicate with team and supervisor effectively.

  • Deployment at sea for extended periods up to 2 months at any one time.

  • Inventory control of all equipment

  • Assist shipboard ET in maintenance of radars, Dynamic Positioning System, and GPS systems.

  • Maintain and upgrade all computer and electronic systems under the direction of ET Supervisor

  • Additional duties as assigned.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to Electronic Technician Supervisor


  • Experience Administering computers in network environment

  • Security+ Certification is preferred and will be required after being hired

  • GROL certification is preferred and will be required after being hired

  • Two year Associate degree in Electronics Technology or equivalent military training

  • Five or more years’ experience troubleshooting and maintaining electronic equipment

  • Experience operating and maintaining shipboard navigation systems is preferred

  • Experience operating and maintaining undersea bathymetry systems is preferred

  • Experience processing bathymetry data using CARIS software tools is preferred

  • Must be able to pass physical exam and lift 50 lbs required for at sea deployment

  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance from the US Department of Defense.

  • Must be able to read and understand electronic schematics

  • Must work well in a team environment as well as independent.

  • Understanding of RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 communication protocols is preferred.

Working Conditions:

This position is considered OFFSHORE which is characterized as follows.

  • Outdoors and indoors, day and night, as well as over/near water

  • Frequently working on or near moving equipment and vibrating equipment

  • Humidity is frequently above 90%

  • Noise is over 85 decibels

  • Light is intense/glare

  • Potential exposure to open fire/flames/sparks

  • Constant exposure to airborne dust, fumes, and gases

  • Work surface is stable

  • Height is elevated

  • Requires working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions

  • Includes exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable

  • Includes exposure to contaminants

  • Requires working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures

  • Requires working in cramped work spaces and getting into awkward positions

  • Requires working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions

Physical Activity/Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position is considered HEAVY work.


  • Lift 50-100 pounds

  • Work in confined spaces, kneel, jump, run, work while lying on stomach/back, crawl, and use repetitive movements of the arms and hands.

  • Identify color differences

  • Wear PPE, eye protection, and steel/safety toed shoes/boots


  • Lift 25-50 pounds

  • Wear PPE for head, hands

  • Climb stairs/ladders, stand, balance, stoop, squat, reach, and lift/carry objects.

  • Twist, sit with back supported, head forward/flexed, head tilted/rotated

  • Work with arms extended below the waist, unsupported, elbows flexed, wrist supported and unsupported.

  • Operate a motor vehicle


  • Lift 10-20 pounds

  • Standing and walking

  • Wear PPE for body, vision, and hearing protection

SubCom is committed to providing a work environment that prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristics protected by applicable law or regulation.