CSCS Provides Quality Technicians and Saves Money

Story Number: NNS160429-15Release Date: 4/29/2016 1:41:00 PM
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By Kimberly M. Lansdale, Center for Surface Combat Systems Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) Micro Miniature-Module Test and Repair (2M-MTR) Program is helping the Navy save money and providing combat-ready Sailors to the fleet.

The 2M-MTR Program supports testing and repair of Circuit Card Assemblies (CCA) and Electronic Modules (EM). All unsuccessful CCA / EM are contenders for screening and repair. CSCS provides this critical training at four of their learning sites; CSCS Detachment (Det.) East, CSCS Det West, CSCS Det Mayport, and CSCS Det Pearl Harbor.

"The classroom is a fully stocked repair station with microscopes, tools, and Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) stations in accordance with the program's technical manual," explained Electronics Technician 1st Class Eajen Ahmed, CSCS Det East's 2M-MTR Instructor. "The course offers a lot of hands-on training, which includes installing and forming discrete components, building Bayonet Nut Connector (BNC) cables, preparing wires and installing them on solder cups, tabs, and terminals."

Many people assume that Electronic Technicians (ET) are the only Sailors to take this training.

"We train Cryptologic Technicians (CT), Aviation Electronics Technicians (AT), Aviation Electrician's Mates (AE), Fire Controlmen (FC), Fire Control Technicians (FT), Gunner's Mates (GM), Gas Turbine Systems Technicians (GSE), Interior Communications Electricians (IC), Missile Technicians (MT), and Sonar Technicians Surface (STG)," said Chief Gunner's Mate Wick Woodrow, CSCS Det East's 2M Leading Chief Petty Officer (LCPO).

Surface Combat Systems training is becoming more complex but electronics theory remains the same.

"The process of troubleshooting a CCA will not change," Ahmed explained. "Our current Micro-miniature Repair course will still prepare Sailors for the fleet when discrete components are being slowly phased out to surface mount components. For example, since new CCAs are densely populated, the components are becoming smaller. This in turn has emphasized the need to use a pre heater to soak the CCA prior to conducting repairs."

CSCS' 2M-MTR Program strengthens fleet readiness with the additional benefit of helping the Navy save a significant amount of money.

"In FY15, the U.S. Navy's cost savings totaled over $41 million," verified Ahmed. "This figure was recently published in the 2M newsletter, 'Solder Junction.'"

The overall goal of the CSCS 2M-MTR Program is to conduct the most effective training for its Sailors.

"My top priority is to provide quality technicians to the fleet, not quantity," Ahmed stressed. "Our training program is truly successful in shaping the Navy's future force."

CSCS' mission is to develop and deliver surface ship combat systems training to achieve surface warfare superiority. CSCS headquarters' staff oversees 14 learning sites and provides nearly 70,000 hours of curriculum for 700 courses a year to more than 40,000 Sailors.

CSCS delivers specialized training for Officer and Enlisted Sailors required to tactically operate, maintain, and employ shipboard and shore-based weapons, sensors, and command and control systems utilized in today's navy.

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