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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 Mike on December 9, 2009 at 8:22am
Thanks Paige. If your friends son is on the GW working as an IC, chances are my son will meet him I would think. My son said you can't believe how big the GW is. Like a floating city. I have gotten' his phone set up for global after a call to Verizon, and talked to him this morning. It was really neat because the quality of the call was such that you would have thought he was right up the street.

I can't wait to hear about my sons work. I imagine taking care of the communications on a ship as big as an aircraft carrier is a 24-7 job. All those times sitting in my living room watching the military or disovery channel and seeing the carriers, and now my son is actually going to be living on one. As a Dad of a sailor it doesn't get much better than that for me. Being only 19, I don't know if my son realizes what a neat or great thing he is experiancing. He sends me two line emails. I've told him no matter how small a thing he thinks he's doing, I want to hear about it in detail! I'd like to get him hooked with scipe to communicate. It's a free website with webcams and stuff. He's only been there 4 days so far so I haven't really been set up the way I'd like to be able to communicate with him, but I'm working on it. It's really something him in Japan. He has actually gained a day and will have a 366 day year. In two days on the 11th, it will be his birthday. 19 years old and already doing more than Dad ever did. I can't be more proud.
Comment by Paige on December 8, 2009 at 5:59pm
Mike, thanks for giving us an update on your son. I've heard that the sailors stationed in Japan really like it there and hopefully he will too. I have a friend over at N4M's who's son is also an IC and assigned to the George Washington.

Billy reported to his ship the USS Howard in mid Oct. I've learned that the IC's stay very busy on the ships. There are alot of different types of equipment the IC's maintain and repair.

Good luck to your son in Japan!
Comment by Mike on December 7, 2009 at 5:21am
Well, my son arrived in Yokosuta,Japan last night. He'll be on the USS George Washington, the Navy's only foward deployed Aircraft Carrier. Was supposed to have a phone with global capability but called and said Verizon messed up. I hope too get an address soon to be able to send him his laptop. I think that would be the best way to communicate.
Comment by Bradley Harry's dad on June 1, 2009 at 8:37pm
Thank you Harry's SCC starts on June 10th so he's on hold til then
Comment by Paige on June 1, 2009 at 6:54pm
No problem, Bradley! My son, Billy is now in C-School and throughout his schooling I would ask lots of questions when I talked to him so I would have a good understanding of the whole process. I also started an IC group over at N4M's, so it helps me to be able to answer questions that the other parents have.
SCC is the first class of the phases of classes the IC's are required to take. This class is what Billy referred to as a basic seamanship type class where the sailors review alot of what they were taught during bootcamp. SCC takes about 2 weeks to complete. The next class is ATT. It is a self-paced course where they have training modules to work through. ATT is a basic electronics class and usually takes about 2 months to complete. There are a number of different rates that are required to take ATT, so you may see it mentioned alot on the site. Once ATT has be completed, then Harry will start IC A-School. Including their off time (liberty/weekends), A-School takes about 5-6 weeks. During A-School, the sailors get to do lab time where they actually work hands-on with the type of equipment they have on the ships. How long it takes Harry to get thru all his IC training will depend partly on whether there are any holds. Billy experienced a 6 week hold before starting SCC after bootcamp. Harry probably won't know until he gets his orders toward the end of A-School as to whether or not he will be given any C-Schools (advanced training).
Hope this helps with giving you some insight to the IC's training. Please let me know when you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them or I will find the answer for you.
Comment by Bradley Harry's dad on June 1, 2009 at 6:16pm
I would LOVE a breakdown
Comment by Paige on June 1, 2009 at 6:09pm
Bradley, thanks so much for your comment and for letting us know about Harry's school. You mentioned June 10th for a start date - is that his start date for SCC? I'm assuming that Nov. is his projected completion date for A-School. If you would like, I can give you a break down of what to expect for the IC's and their schooling.
Comment by Bradley Harry's dad on June 1, 2009 at 4:36pm
I am glad you started this group. Harry called to let us know that although he and his mates were to have started school today.(We knew there was to be some type of hold) They will start on June 10th. The sooner he starts the sooner he comes home November is a long way off.
Comment by Paige on May 28, 2009 at 10:13am
Bradley, welcome to our IC group! I'm glad you joined us.
Comment by Paige on April 28, 2009 at 10:19am
Thanks Mike. The info. should also help any new members who come along and join the group. Please let me know if you have any questions about the IC's schooling. I know that your sailor has just recently graduated bootcamp and is beginning his schools now. Since Billy has worked his way as far as C-School, I may be of some help with providing you with info about the process and what to expect.

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