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What They Do

Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers Career Video

About This Career

Repairs, installs, or maintains 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.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Reads work orders, blueprints, plans, datasheets or site drawings to determine work to be done.
  • Inspects 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.
  • Bolts equipment into place, using hand or power tools.
  • Tests operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.
  • Runs appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
  • Checks antenna positioning to ensure specified azimuths or mechanical tilts and adjusts as necessary.
  • Replaces existing antennas with new antennas as directed.
  • Installs all necessary transmission equipment components, including antennas or antenna mounts, surge arrestors, transmission lines, connectors, or tower-mounted amplifiers (TMAs).
  • Takes site survey photos or photos of work performed, using digital cameras.
  • Completes reports related to project status, progress, or other work details, using computer software.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Field Technician (Field Tech)
  • Installation Technician (Installation Tech)
  • Field Service Technician (Field Service Tech)
  • Radio Repairman
  • Radio Technician (Radio Tech)
  • Two-Way Radio Technician (Two-Way Radio Tech)
  • Tower Technician (Tower Tech)
  • Communications Systems Technician
  • Radio Frequency Technician (RF Tech)
  • Avionics Technician (Avionics Tech) — Lays out, installs, tests, repairs, and maintains electrical systems in aircraft.


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