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Communications Operators transmit and receive radio messages by use of morse code, voice and radio teletype.


  • sends and receives messages by satellite communication systems, radio, radio telegraph, radio telephone, morse or radio telex
  • records incoming messages, including navigational and other data, keeping a log of messages sent and received
  • makes minor repairs to radio equipment or radar
  • provides a watch on maritime distress frequencies
  • broadcasts navigational and weather warnings from coastal stations to ships at sea
  • operates equipment which interconnects with inland service.


  • stressful.

To become a Communications Operator

  • You can work as a Communications Operator without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. However, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course in a related electronics or communications field is usually required.

    Take a Certificate III in Electronics and Communications

Skills employers are looking for

  • Emergency Services

  • Planning

  • Customer Service

  • Working with Information Systems

  • Communication Skills

  • Broadcast

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