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Electrician's Mate (EM)


General Description 
Electrician's Mates (USN and FTS) are responsible for the operation of a ship's electrical power generation systems, lighting systems, electrical equipment and electrical appliances. The duties include standing watch on generators, switchboards, control equipment, and electrical equipment; operating and performing organizational and intermediate maintenance on power and lighting circuits, electrical fixtures, motors, generators, voltage and frequency regulators, controllers, distribution switchboards and other electrical equipment; test for short circuits and grounds; and rebuild electrical equipment, including solid state circuitry elements.
What They Do
The duties performed by EMs include: installing power and lighting circuits; repairing distribution circuits; running wiring for lights and other equipment; maintaining operating efficiency of distribution panels, switches, switchboards, controllers, voltage regulators, current transformers and voltage transformers; maintaining operating efficiency of electric motors; repairing electrical equipment and appliances; installing and maintaining storage batteries; inspecting, maintaining, testing and repairing electric power equipment; maintenance and repair of shipboard elevator systems; interpreting electrical sketches, diagrams and blueprints; maintenance and repair of various propulsion and auxiliary control consoles; connecting electric power machinery and electric power equipment.
Working Environment
Most work in the EM rating is performed indoors, under varied conditions at sea and ashore. Work may be done in a shop-like environment. EM's do mostly physical work of a technical nature and usually work closely with other ratings. USN EM's are stationed primarily aboard USN deploying ships, FTS EM's are stationed aboard Naval Reserve Force (NRF) ships that deploy or conduct local operations. 

ASVAB Requirements (Waivers are granted on a case-by-case basis)
VE + AR + MK + MC = 210
Must have normal color perception

** EMs are not required to hold a security clearance; however, there may be certain billets that require one - ensure you are in contact with your Command Security Manager **
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