Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services

Occupation Exhibit


Exhibit Dates: 7/14–Present.

The Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer supervise, install, operate and perform field level maintenance on IP- based high speed electronic nodal systems; integrated network control centers; network management facilities;

associated multiplexing and transit cased subscriber interface equipment; Communications Security (COMSEC) devices; and other equipment associated with network nodal operations; and perform network management functions in support of maintaining, troubleshooting and re-engineering of nodal assets as needed in support of operational requirements.
The Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer supervises and performs complex and multifaceted nodal operations functions; supervise the installation, operation, deployment, provisioning, maintenance of electronic IP based nodal assemblages, combat net radios and all related COMSEC devices; disseminates network orders, compiles and submits operational statistics reports and processes requests for logistic support; coordinates, integrates, and controls the operation of IP based nodal systems with associated transmission systems and local subscriber interface equipment; performs network operations center tasks for planning, reconfiguration and employment of nodal systems equipment; ensures contingency operations plans and nodal routing subsystems are correctly maintained in nodal databases to reflect current operational scenarios; troubleshoots complex system faults, supervises or corrects failures to meet system availability and reliability standards; interprets, disseminates and implements network changes/reconfigurations affecting nodal network architecture operations; executes or supervises in the installation, operation, PMCS and field level maintenance on all associated network management equipment or systems; and conducts technical, operational and maintenance training of subordinates on nodal operations procedures.

Related Competencies
Networking fundamentals topics include cabling, fiber, IP addressing, local area network (LAN), terminators, troubleshooting, and Variable Length Subnetting (VLSM). Routing and routing protocols topics include Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP), firewalls, IP configurations, open shortest path first (OSPF), OSPF authentication, and routing tables. Switching and switching protocols topics include IP configuration, mac address tables, port security, port sticky, spanning tree protocol (STP), troubleshooting, and upgrade IOS. Satellite communications topics include antenna systems, communications security (COMSEC), equipment maintenance, equipment operations, radio terminals, satellite communications (SATCOM), and satellite equipment installation and maintenance. Systems integration topics include authentication, communication systems, conferencing, infrastructure, media, network design, and software. Communications topics include briefings, Microsoft Office Suite, oral communication techniques, presentation skills, public speaking, research, technical writing, and written communication skills. Supervision topics include decision-making, problem solving, resource management, scheduling, supervisory reports, time management, and training. Maintenance management topics include diagnostics, inventory control, maintenance records, parts acquisition and resupply, prevention measures, quality control supervision, recordkeeping, trend analysis, and troubleshooting.

In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in networking fundamentals, 3 in routing and routing protocols, 3 in switching and switching protocols, 3 in satellite communications, 3 in system integration, 3 in communications, 3 in supervision, and 3 in maintenance management (7/14)(7/14).

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