ASI 7A THAAD Fire Control Communications (TFCC)/Radar Operator/Maintainer

ASI Description

Designates Enlisted E3 and above in specific critical Air Defense Artillery Branch positions where the incumbent is responsible for operational duties and requires comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and its subcomponents.

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In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Skill Level

The Skill Level reflects the level, based on MOS training and/or experience, the Soldier should be the most prepared to successfully earn the credential. See the Table Legend for details about each level.

Star

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improves the MOS technical proficiency.

Mandatory

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Proponent Funded

Indicates the credential may have funding through the MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base. Click here for more information.

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA.

Promo Points

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) is designed for technicians who have less than two years of experience or training in electronics. The CETa is the foundation for ETA’s journeyman, senior, and master specialty, and master certification programs. CETa applicants must meet the experience or training requirement and pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), RADAR Electronics Technician (RAD) is a journeyman-level certification recommended for radar electronics technicians with knowledge of radar basics and concepts applicable to all types of avionics, maritime and land systems. RADAR Electronics Technicians must be knowledgeable and have abilities in the following technical and human relations areas: Block Diagrams and Schematics, Components, Cabling and Antennas, Hand Tools & Soldering, Mathematics, Amplifiers, RADAR Transceivers, Interfacing, Satellite, Wireless, and Data Communications, Computers and Digital Concepts, Software Programming, Troubleshooting, and People Relations. Candidates must hold the Associate Electronics Technician (CETa) certification prior to taking the RADAR exam. Individuals with a valid FCC Element 8, and either the ETA Associate CET (CETa) or a Journeyman (CET) certification, are eligible for a rollover to an ETA RADAR certification. Candidates must take a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Network Systems Technician (NST) certification is for a network professional who has knowledge of computer network basic concepts, which are applicable to all the various specialty areas of the computer industry. The NST must be familiar with the following knowledge areas: Computer Network Terminology, Network Administration, Wide Area Networks and Devices Used to Extend Networks, Network Architectures, Computer Network Topologies and Classifications, Network Services, Network Operations, Network Standards, Troubleshooting LAN/WAN Test Equipment, Network Server and Workstation Computer System Hardware, Network Operating Systems, and Disaster and Security Planning for Networks. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

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Renewal Period: 2 years

The International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians (ISCET), Certified Electronics Technician -Journeyman-Level – Radar credential validates the technician’s general knowledge of both continuous wave and pulse radar operation. Candidates must know about transmitters and receivers, antennas, transmission lines and their characteristics and CRT display systems and their power supplies. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 5 years

The Imaging & Geospatial Information Society (ASPRS), Certified Mapping Scientist, Remote Sensing is for professionals who use visual or computer-assisted technology to analyze images acquired from aircraft, satellites, ground bases, or platforms. These analyses are used in the study of temporal changes, natural resources, and for land use planning. Candidates must meet experience requirements and must pass a written exam.

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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Society of Automation (ISA), Certified Control Systems Technician – Level I (CCST-I) credential offers third-party recognition of a technician's knowledge and skills in automation and control. CCSTs understand process control looks and process control systems, including computer systems. CCSTs calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. CCST certifications are available at three levels, depending on the level of experience, training and education, with Level I being the most basic. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Technicians Association, International (ETA-I), Avionics Electronics Technicians (AVN) certification validates the knowledge and skills of individuals who install, maintain and adjust electronics equipment, cabling and the accessories used in aviation communications and control equipment. AVNs demonstrate an understanding of avionics systems, cabling, computers and digital concepts, amplifiers, interfacing, antennas and transmission lines components, mathematics, network topologies and infrastructures, people relations, optical cabling, safety, test equipment and tools and satellite communications. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

ASTM International, NCATT Foreign Object Elimination (FOE) recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. FOE knowledge and skills include housekeeping, tool accountability, hardware accountability, lost items, physical entry and personnel control, reporting and investigating, material handling, parts protections, hazardous materials, wildlife/environment, and Foreign Object Damage (FOD) effects. There are no FOE eligibility requirements. The FOE written exam is open to all individuals regardless of career field, training, education or experience. Candidates must pass the written exam.
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Renewal Period: Lifetime

The ASTM International, NCATT Radio Communication Systems (RCS) endorsement recognizes the knowledge base of the advanced aerospace technician and promotes integrity, safety, and professionalism in the aerospace workforce. RCS knowledge and skills include safety, radio transmitters/receivers, communication systems, and satellite communications. Candidates must hold the NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician (AET) certification prior to taking the RCS written exam.
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Renewal Period: 3 years

The International Society of Automation (ISA), Certified Control Systems Technician – Level II (CCST-II) credential offers third-party recognition of a technician's knowledge and skills in automation and control. CCSTs understand process control looks and process control systems, including computer systems. CCSTs calibrate, document, troubleshoot, and repair/replace instrumentation for systems that measure and control level, temperature, pressure, flow, and other process variables. CCST certifications are available at three levels, depending on the level of experience, training and education, with Level II being the mid-level. Candidates must meet a combination of education and experience. Candidates must pass a written exam.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

The Electronics Associate DC (EM1) is an entry-level credential designed for technicians in the electricity and electronics field. Candidates must pass a written examination testing their knowledge of various electrical and electronics concepts, electronic measurement equipment, electronic components, circuitry, and other related subjects specific to direct current (DC) electronics. The EM1 credential is one in a group of five credential modules; once a technician attains all five credentials, ETA will issue the Associate CET certification.
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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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Renewal Period: 4 years

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High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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