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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.

Members: 21
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 April 27, 2009 at 8:23pm
Thats a lot of interesting info Paige. I had no idea what the job of an IC entailed. My son told me that he'd be working with Comcast and Verizon, so we both thought it would be a good skill to have.
Comment by Paige on April 27, 2009 at 3:35pm
Hey Mike,
Thanks for the quick response. Maybe you can help me spread the word about NavyDads and our IC group. Thanks for joining - it's been alittle lonely in here since I started the group in Jan. I just added some general information above about IC's. I look forward to sharing info with you and learning about how your son is doing as well.
Comment by Mike on April 27, 2009 at 3:16pm
Hey Paige,
Thought I'd join your group over here as well. Hope to see more members.

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