TRAINING FEEDBACK STUDY OF THE SONAR TECHNICIAN INTERMEDIATE ELECTRONICS COURSE.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF
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The relevance and sufficiency of the sonar technician A-2 course was examined to determine its appropriateness to the follow-on series of C courses. The A-2 course was designed to provide the theoretical background necessary for maintenance training on various sonar and fire control systems at the C level. In order to evaluate the A-2 curriculum, a complete inventory of course objectives was presented to both A-2 and C school instructors for ratings. The ratings were made in terms of instructional goals A-2 instructors or required training level upon entrance to a given C school C school instructors. In general, the theoretical content was found to be adequate, but certain areas were found to have low commonality between C schools. Further knowledge and performance testing of A-2 graduates was then conducted. These tests were based on critical ratings i.e., those ratings that indicated a very high degree of commonality among all C schools. The students theoretical knowledge in these key areas was found to be generally superior to that required in the following courses, although a few exceptions were noted. Performance testing indicated an inadequate training level for proper test equipment usage and soldering techniques. Specific course deficiencies are discussed and appropriate changes recommended. Author
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