GENERAL QUARTERS INSTRUCTIONS
SUPERVISION AND ASSIGNMENT
Electronics division personnel are each assigned a
general quarters station by the division watch, quarter,
and station bills. Assignments of personnel should be
practical and functional, as determined by the EMO. As
an ET1 or ETC, you will be in a position to make
recommendations to the EMO, and your experience and
attitude will contribute much to the success of overall
electronics casualty control (ECC).
Specific instructions for general quarters should be
outlined in the electronics division organization manual
and in the electronics casualty control manual.
Procedures and applications should be a major part of
electronics training. Chapter 5 of this TRAMAN
provides more information concerning ECC.
The leading ET of each watch section is designated
as the duty Electronics Technician and is directly
responsible for the handling of all electronics casualties
that may occur during periods outside normal working
All technicians who are aboard, even though they
may rate liberty, are considered to be on duty and may
be called upon by the duty Electronics Technician at any
time to assist in handling any electronics repair.
Underway, a watch list is made up by the leading
ET, approved by the EMO, and posted in the electronics
workshop or office. All watches are stood according to
this watch list and watch standing instructions. The
technician on watch maintains station in the electronics
workshop, except when called upon to handle a casualty,
to supervise preventive maintenance, or to make
inspections and tests.
The only reading materials authorized for use
during underway watches are technical publications,
manuals, and instruction books pertaining to some phase
For sea details, equipment technicians are assigned
to main areas where electronics equipment is operated
(for example, CIC, main communications, and the
bridge). The electronics workshop or office should be
manned by a senior ET, who will receive and coordinate
trouble calls. Other specific special sea details required
by your ship type should be manned accordingly.
Your duties and responsibilities above and beyond
maintenance will involve making important supervisory
and administrative decisions. These decisions concern
personnel assignments, planning of workloads, and the
prompt and proper completion of all paper work.
Supervision goes hand in hand with planning and
the guiding of junior personnel. Proper supervision
results in the proper employment of personnel. Todays
ETs are well-trained technicians who have the right to
expect their services to be used properly.
You must take the time to plan carefully and must
supervise in a professional manner. Your efforts will
result in the cooperation of junior personnel, thereby
making your electronics division more effective.
REPORTS AND RECORDS
As you advance in rate, you will find that submitting
periodic reports and maintaining personnel and
equipment records will become a daily responsibility.
Train yourself to be both proficient and efficient. Doing
these reports and records in a proper and timely manner
will allow you more time to complete your other duties.
In other words, if you let the paper work pile up, you
will be pressured for time and will probably do the
reports hurriedly. Keeping up with the paper work daily
will decrease your stress level and will yield a better
management product for the Navy.
Even though the EMO is ultimately responsible for
all division reports and records, the EMO will depend
on your knowledge and performance for inputs to those
reports and records. Some of the reports and records
with which you should be familiar are described in the
following paragraphs. These reports will be listed in
your commands Recurring Reports instruction.
Trouble reports are used by operators and
technicians to indicate electronic equipment problems
or failures. They are generally used in conjunction with
the electronics office or workshop trouble call log. The
EMO or senior technicians make electronics
maintenance assignments based on the priorities of the
existing trouble reports. A trouble report system with a
trouble call log and a trouble call/report sequential
numbering system will assist you in tracking trouble
reports and will be useful as a tool in ensuring proper