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Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installer/Repairer

What They Do

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

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 bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • 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:

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


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