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IC's - Interior Communications Electrician


IC's - Interior Communications Electrician

This is a group for the parents and family of IC sailors to ask questions or share information with others.

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Latest Activity: Feb 1, 2019

Interior Communications Electrician

Interior Communications Electricians (ICs) 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.

The duties performed by IC's 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;

Working Environment :

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.

A-School (Job School) Information

Great Lakes, IL -- 10 weeks

Some Interior Communications Electricians who graduate from "A" school go on to advanced training courses such as gyrocompass and advanced TV maintenance. Others are assigned to duty stations where they can continue learning their rating through on-the-job training.

Discussion Forum

Does anyone know how long orders are for?

Started by Mike Bubb. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Feb 1, 2019. 1 Reply

Insight please

Started by Michael Bruce Emory. Last reply by Paige Nov 24, 2010. 3 Replies

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Comment by Phil Halmers on June 28, 2017 at 4:45am
Good morning all- we just received word yesterday the our son got an IC contract and will ship 13 JUL. He was originally set to go Undesignated on 28 AUG so we are scrambling a little, but needless to say we are over the moon excited for him.
Comment by William Higdon on September 5, 2013 at 5:11pm

Yes very excited. He went DEP today and ships out for boot next summer August 12th. I am sure we will have many questions. He is wondering about the order of schooling after boot camp most.

Comment by Paige on September 5, 2013 at 5:08pm

Welcome to our IC group William.  

Comment by Paige on April 23, 2013 at 12:19pm

Perry, welcome to our IC group and thank you for posting a message.  Congratulations to Jake for his completion of A-School and receiving Honor Graduate status.  My son also received HG in A-School.  He is currently stationed in San Diego with the destroyer USS Howard (DDG83).  Enjoy Jake while he's there on leave!!

Comment by Perry Moran on April 23, 2013 at 8:27am

My son Jake is home on leave for 5 days after "A" school. Can I say he graduated Top Dog in his class with highest GPA? Very Proud of this Interior Communications Electrician. Shipping out to Pacific Fleet in a few days. May God richly bless all you parents who have instructed, given guidance to, and instilled the sense of honor and pride for our country in your sons and daughters.

Comment by Paige on March 29, 2013 at 5:48pm

Bob, welcome to our IC Group!

Comment by Paige on January 6, 2013 at 11:25am

Steve, welcome to our IC Group!

Comment by Paige on February 8, 2012 at 4:40pm

You're welcome Charles!  As Dan commented, there are sometimes holds on getting into A-School.  There can be delays based on classes being full or waiting for enough sailors to fill a class.  Also, your son will attend two other schools there in Great Lakes prior to starting A-School.  The first is SCC which takes about 1-2 weeks to complete. It is basically an overview of some of the things they learned in bootcamp.  Following SCC is ATT.  ATT is a basic electronics course that is self-paced and usually takes about 2 months to complete.  This is followed by A-School which is also self-paced and geared more toward working hands on with the equipment.  A-School usually takes about 8-10 weeks to complete.  So, if there are no holds in any of the classes, this will give you an ideal of the time frame involved.  From bootcamp graduation until his completion of all his C-Schools, it was about 15 months for my son.

I also live in AZ, so am thankful that my son received orders for San Diego.

Comment by Charles Hopper on February 8, 2012 at 4:04pm

Dan and Paige, thank you for your responses.  Extremely helpful!  I can only hope my son gets assigned to a C School in San Diego, as we live in Phoenix and love to vacation there anyway (plus I lived there for about 8 years in the 80's).  Can't wait for PIR and our trip to GL, and hope he's able to get through A School fairly quickly.  I understand the needs of the fleet come first, though, and as a former Air Force Reservist, I know how to hurry up and wait.

Comment by Paige on February 8, 2012 at 3:06pm

Hello Charles and welcome to our IC group! Best wishes to your son while he's in boot.  I'm sure you're anxiously awaiting his PIR next month.  My son has been active duty for nearly 4 years and is making preparation to re-enlist soon.  I've also started an IC group on the Navy4Moms website, so I feel confident that I should be able to answer most or all of your questions.

You are correct about the A-School for IC's being held in Great Lakes.  Many IC sailors are given orders for C-School (advanced technical training) following A-School before reporting to the Command that they receive orders for.  The types of C-Schools vary and are geared toward training on specific types of equipment.  These schools are located at different locations around the U.S. Most of the C-Schools for IC's are located in San Diego and Great Lakes as far as I know, but I have heard of other locations as well.  The schools vary from 3 weeks to a few months in length.  When a sailor is nearing the completion of A-School, he/she will receive orders for their first duty station / Command.  Generally, the needs of the ship or Command they are assigned to will determine which if any C-Schools they will receive.  The sailor will not report to their new Command until after the C-Schools have been completed.  My son received orders for 4 C-Schools all of which were in San Diego.  The ship is was given orders for was also in San Diego. 

IC's stay very busy in the job they do on ship or shore.  IC's are highly regarded on the ships because they not only maintain their own equipment, but are also called upon to do many other repairs and maintenance on various types of equipment.

Thank you again for joining the group!


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