Radio, Cellular, & Tower Equipment Installers & Repairers

Radio Frequency Technician (RF Tech), Radio Technician (Radio Tech), Tower Technician (Tower Tech), Two-Way Radio Technician (Two-Way Radio Tech)

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AH-64 Armament/Electrical/Avionics Systems Repairer; Avionic Mechanic; Command and Control Systems Integrator; Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager; Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer; Electronic Warfare Technician; MQ-1 Repairer; Network Communication Systems Specialist; Radio Equipment Repairer; Signal Operations
Aviation Maintenance Technician; Electronics Technician; Information System Technician; Intelligence Specialist
AN/TRC-170 Technician; Aircraft Avionics Technician, CH-53; Aircraft Communications/Navigation/Radar Systems Technician, F/A-18; Aviation Radar Repairer; Cyberspace Warfare Operator; Field Artillery Sensor Support Marine; Ground Electronics Telecommunications and Information Technology Systems Maintainer; Metrology Technician; Satellite Transmissions System Operator; Tactical Transmission Systems Operator Maintainer
AEGIS Ashore Communications Technician; AN/USN-3(V) Satellite Signals Landing System Maintenance Technician; Aviation Electronics Intermediate Level Technician; Common Submarine Radio Room (CSRR) Maintenance Technician; Cryptologic Systems Maintenance Technician; Electronics Technician, Submarine, Communications; Information Systems Technician Submarines; MH-60R Multi Mission Helicopter Aircrewman; Radio Frequency Operator; Surface Cryptologic Carry-On Program (CCOP) Director
RF Transmission Systems; RF Transmission Systems Apprentice; RF Transmission Systems Craftsman; RF Transmission Systems Helper; RF Transmission Systems Journeyman
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:
  • 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.
  • Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
  • Test operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.


Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical


  • telecommunications
  • multimedia


  • customer service
  • management

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use

  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology In Demand

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Analytical or scientific software

  • AERONET calculator
  • Zoho WebNMS Cell Tower Manager


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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