Radio, Cellular, & Tower Equipment Installers & Repairers
Also called: Avionics Technician, Communications Tower Technician, Tower Climber, Tower Technician
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The ease of communicating from any location to anyone around the world, and to accessing an enormous variety of information and entertainment around the clock, makes it look simple to do, but in reality, it takes the skills and physical efforts of many workers to make the connections happen. Radio, cellular, and tower equipment workers install and maintain the tower networks and systems used in cellular telecommunications and mobile broadband. They also service aircraft-to-ground communications equipment. Tower workers often scale ladders or stairs on towers to calibrate and repair transmitting and receiving components. They read work orders and blueprints, make repairs, and run tests to confirm equipment operates correctly. Workers must ensure that proper weatherproofing measures have been taken and that equipment is bolted down tight. Radio mechanics test and repair two-way radio equipment, but they’re more likely to work in a workshop, soldering electronics and troubleshooting malfunctioning emergency beacons or ship radios. They frequently travel to repair ship-to-shore and emergency vehicle radio equipment. Work schedules in these careers are typically 40 hours or more per week. Positions are typically in telecommunications companies, construction firms, and government agencies. Positions may require an associate’s degree or a high school diploma or equivalent.
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.
Engineering and Technology
- computers and electronics
- product and service development
Arts and Humanities
- English language
- administrative services
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Hand and Finger Use
- put together small parts with your fingers
- keep your arm or hand steady
- listen and understand what people say
- communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
- use rules to solve problems
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
- Analytical Thinking
- Stress Tolerance
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