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ETs are responsible for sophisticated electronics onboard cutters and ashore, including installation and repairs of command, control, computer, communications, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems. You’ll employ a deep knowledge of electrical theory, along with practical hands-on skills to maintain systems that keep Coast Guard units on the cutting edge. ETs are typically assigned to cutters and shoreside electronic support units.

  • Interested in electronic systems?
  • Good at math or problem solving? 
  • Naturally curious about how things work?
  • Innovative and analytical?

Electronics troubleshooting
Communications equipment maintenance
Electromagnetic signal fundamentals

  • ETs receive a 20-week rating course in Petaluma, CA, with instruction in electronic systems, navigation systems, and network integrated control systems.
  • Advanced training in shipboard defense systems, radar systems, electronic fundamentals, and electronic technical and engineering skills.
  • Cyber certification.
  • Specifically, the Cyber Technology program is available to the ET rating.

  • Electronics Service Technician
  • Electronics Systems Specialist
  • Communications Equipment Technician
  • Electronics Installation Technician 
  • Data and Satellite Communications Specialist