What’s an FCC (GROL) General Radio Operator License?

An FCC General Radio license is an excellent credential for career advancement because it’s proof of a certain level of electronics know-how. Because it is a federal examination, the FCC license with its implied knowledge is accepted by industry nationwide.

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The FCC GROL General Radio Operators License

The FCC and FAA do not currently offer a “Avionics Technician License.”  What the FCC does offer is the(GROL) “The General Radiotelephone Operators License.”

This license is required by the FCC to fix radios, radars and transponders in modern aircraft.  The (GROL) also authorizes you to oversee unlicensed technicians as they perform radio and radar repair. You are not required to attend an Avionics Technical School to participate in the FCC examinations or to gain employment as an avionics technician.

NOTE: All those seeking the GROL must be a legal resident of  the United States or eligible to work in the United States & have a 5 Skill Level

The Avionics Maintenance Technician: “Aviation maintenance employers desire the “complete package” when interviewing prospective Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics.  Possessing the General Radiotelephone Operators License (GROL) with optional Radar Endorsement (RE) will make you that complete package”

The FCC General Radiotelephone Operator Course with Radar Endorsement is a 3 day intensive program designed to expertly expose you to and help you understand the FCC Element 1, 3 and 8 question pools  employing the “Fast Track” method.

Phase 1:  Written Exam Preparation: This initial phase comprises the bulk of the three day course and is designed to help candidates absorb the necessary material and ace the required FCC exams in the most efficient comprehensive manner possible. This is achieved through a combination of lecture, self guided on-site computerized study, and on-site computer based practice exams.

Phase 2:  The FCC Examinations:  In order to obtain the General Radiotelephone  Operator License all applicants must take and pass FCC Written Element 1 and FCC Written Element 3.  After passing Elements 1,3 most students opt to add on the (RE) Radar Endorsement to their new (GROL). You will be required to take and pass FCC Written Element 8. 

Element 8 is included in the cost of our 3 day course. Aircraft Maintainer is a designated FCC testing Facility.

Class Schedule: If you’re interested in the FCC (GROL), the Course begins on Friday at 1800-2000, then starts at 1000-1300 Saturday , then again at 1000-1300 Sunday.

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U.S military discounted rate-$820 (100% covered by Tuition assistance)

VA Veterans $820

3 Day prep course (non -Mil)-$920

Where can you use your license in the civilian sector?

There are many places outside of the aviation industry that this license may be used. Below is a list of a few industries I have compiled.

•Defense Contracting
•Military (all branches world wide)
•Emergency Services
•Information Technology
•Petroleum (Oil Rigs and related)
•Broadcast Engineer
•Radio Engineer
•2-Way Radio Technician
•Aviation Radio Technician
•Avionics Technician
•Communications Specialist
•Communications Technician
•Field Technician
•Microwave Technician
•Radio Operator
•Radio Systems Specialist
•RF Engineer
•Satellite Systems Engineer
•Telecom Bench Technician
•TV Broadcast Maintenance
•Network/Systems Administrator
•Telecommunications Instructor
•ITS Technician
•Marine Electronics Technician
•Aviation Radar Technician
•Radar Technician

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