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Radio, Cellular, & Tower Equipment Installers & Repairers

Also called: Avionics Technician, Communications Tower Technician, Tower Climber, Tower Technician

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer; Digital Wideband Repairer; Electronic Warfare Specialist; Electronics Technicians (Communication); Ground Radio Repairer; Information Services Technician; Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer; Radio Operator-Maintainer; Sonar Technician (Surface); Tactical Remote Sensor System (TRSS) Maintainer

What they do:
Repair, install or maintain mobile or stationary radio transmitting, broadcasting, and receiving equipment, and two-way radio communications systems used in cellular telecommunications, mobile broadband, ship-to-shore, aircraft-to-ground communications, and radio equipment in service and emergency vehicles. May test and analyze network coverage.
On the job, you would:
  • Read work orders, blueprints, plans, datasheets or site drawings to determine work to be done.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure all hardware is tight, antennas are level, hangers are properly fastened, proper support is in place, or adequate weather proofing has been installed.
  • Bolt equipment into place, using hand or power tools.

Knowledge

Communications
  • telecommunications
  • multimedia
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • product and service development
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • administrative services

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • AERONET calculator
  • Sweep analysis software
Map creation software
  • Caliper Maptitude
  • Location mapping software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$43,900
per year, on average
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