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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

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. 1 Reply

Insight please

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

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Comment by Dan on February 8, 2012 at 2:41pm

@Charles Hopper

My step-son spent a little shy of a year at GL between RTC and a-school.  IC school is only at GL.  He was supposed to go back for additional training after like 7 months in the fleet, but that didn't happen.  The length of time your son stays at GL will depend on when there are enough sailors in rate to class up and begin.  There was an almost 3 month wait for my boy.

Comment by Charles Hopper on February 8, 2012 at 2:26pm

Hello Everyone.  My son is currently in his 3rd week at RTC, and I'm looking forward to attending PIR next month.  As an IC, I know his initial A School is also in Great Lakes.  But, apparently, he has a couple more years of school after that (or so we were told by the recruiter).  A question for anyone who has a sailor in IC - what are the locations for the training after A School?  His induction paperwork doesn't have a location listed for them.  Thank you.

Comment by Paige on May 3, 2011 at 4:14pm

Welcome to our IC group, Ric.

I hope everyone's sailors are doing well.  My sailor is currently on deployment in the western Pacific aboard the USS Howard (DDG83).

Comment by Paige on April 19, 2011 at 10:18am
Bill, welcome to the group!
Comment by Paige on January 5, 2011 at 8:55am
Tim and Stevie welcome to our IC group!!
Comment by Paige on November 19, 2010 at 8:53am
Welcome to our IC Group Michael. Glad to have you here with us!!
Comment by Paige on August 13, 2010 at 10:19am
Rick, thank you for posting your comment and giving us an update on how Bruce is doing. It's wonderful that he is enjoying his work as an IC and has a good relationship with the other sailors in his shop. Billy's friends have also expressed that they envy him for the opportunities he has and the things he's done since joining the Navy. And, yes I am also one of those very enthusiastic supportive parents.
Best wishes to you and yours!
Comment by Paige on July 28, 2010 at 7:14pm
Rick, thank you for joining our IC group here on NavyDads. It's a small and quiet group, but over time I'm hoping that will change. Your comments and updates on Bruce are welcomed and encouraged. Maybe that will spark some enthusiasm with the other members.

Anyway, glad to have you here!!
Comment by Paige on December 24, 2009 at 4:58pm
Welcome Dan! I'm glad to see our group growing in members.

I hope all of you and your sailors have a safe and happy holiday season!!
Comment by Paige on December 9, 2009 at 6:25pm
Mike, I can feel your pride!! I'm so glad you're getting the communication necessities worked out. When the ship goes on deployment or underway for any lenth of time, your son will be given a personal email address to use in which to communicate with family and friends. The incoming and outgoing emails are screened, so it's important not to reveal sensitive information in those emails.

I also think the carriers are pretty awesome! Billy had requested to be assigned to a destroyer which he got with the Howard. He felt he wanted to be on a smaller ship with fewer sailors, but at one time he showed an interest in being assigned to a carrier. The travel opportunities and experiences are beyond measure. Billy's father served in the Navy and was also a Navy Brat and lived in places like Japan, Scotland, and Italy. I was with him on the Italy tour and am so grateful for the wonderful experiences I had living there.

I hope your son has a very Happy 19th Birthday!!!

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