Challenging work, closely knit community.
Pros: great benefits, job security, comradery.
Cons: deploying, 72 hour-long work days, hectic and unpredictable work schedule.
A day in the life of an Aegis Fire Controlman begins at 0700 on-board the ship where our superiors give us either weekly or daily tasks. We break from that to clean and organize our working areas. by 0830 work officially starts. A spy radar tech we accomplish our daily/weekly maintenance. the routine maintenance includes taking test readings of our equipment to ensure proper operability, Making adjustments either on the radar's integrated computer or on the components themselves. Finally, if the radar is faulty I would work tirelessly through the day and night either diagnosing the problem or removing and replacing parts to repair the fault.
Working as a radar technician in the Navy I have learned 3 quintessential things; Quality work comes from scrupulous attention to detail, thorough knowledge of equipment (not afraid to ask questions/look up necessary info), and strict adherence to prescribed procedures.
The most important factor to management is the transfer of knowledge. Everybody must be up to date with the systems status.
Without team-work, nothing can get accomplished. The Navy fosters a professional working environment in which everybody can depend on everybody else.
The hardest part of the job is, by far, deploying. Being apart from everything that is familiar for 7 months at a time is a personal challenge.
The most enjoyable part of the Navy is the satisfaction of knowing that what you did wasn't just a trivial job for a paycheck. It is knowing that the ship will be able to protect herself and, in so doing, will protect America from her enemies. Knowing that what I do will save lives is incredibly rewarding.