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Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers
SOC Code: 49-2021.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Avionics Repair Technician, Avionics Technician, Communications Tower Technician, Field Service Technician, Installation Technician (Installation Tech), Installer, Radio Technician, Tower Climber, Tower Hand, Tower Technician

Tasks

  • 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.
  • Test operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.
  • Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
  • Check antenna positioning to ensure specified azimuths or mechanical tilts and adjust as necessary.
  • Replace existing antennas with new antennas as directed.
  • Install all necessary transmission equipment components, including antennas or antenna mounts, surge arrestors, transmission lines, connectors, or tower-mounted amplifiers (TMAs).
  • Take site survey photos or photos of work performed, using digital cameras.
  • Complete reports related to project status, progress, or other work details, using computer software.
  • Climb communication towers to install, replace, or repair antennas or auxiliary equipment used to transmit and receive radio waves.
  • Perform maintenance or repair work on existing tower equipment, using hand or power tools.
  • Lift equipment into position, using cranes and rigging tools or equipment, such as gin poles.
  • Climb towers to access components, using safety equipment, such as full-body harnesses.
  • Install, connect, or test underground or aboveground grounding systems.
  • Transport equipment to work sites, using utility trucks and equipment trailers.
  • Locate tower sites where work is to be performed, using mapping software.
  • Assemble or erect communications towers, using construction or rigging equipment.
  • Install or repair tower lighting components, including strobes, beacons, or lighting controllers.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - AERONET calculator; Sweep analysis software; Zoho WebNMS Cell Tower Manager
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Facilities management software - Maintenance documentation software
  • Map creation software - Caliper Maptitude; Location mapping software
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft Project
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Ammeters - Digital ammeters
  • Articulating boom lift - Bucket trucks
  • Backhoes
  • Ball peen hammer - Ball peen hammers
  • Cement pumping units - Concrete pumpers
  • Circuit tester - Circuit analyzers
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Concrete mixers or plants - Concrete mixers
  • Desoldering pump - Desolder pumps
  • Diagonal cut pliers - Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Digital cameras
  • Electrical frequency meters - Frequency meters
  • Electrical power sensors - Cable locators
  • Electrician kits - Alignment tools
  • End cut pliers - Spring-loaded side cutters
  • Fall protection lanyard - Safety lanyards
  • Fish tape - Probe pick spudgers
  • Flatbed trailers - Equipment trailers
  • Forklifts
  • Frequency analyzers - Antenna analyzers; Digital spectrum analyzers; Radio frequency RF monitors; Signal probe kits
  • Frequency counters or timer or dividers - Frequency counters
  • Geological compasses - Directional compasses
  • GFI circuit testers - Receptacle testers
  • Gin pole and accessories - Gin poles
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Hand reamer - Hand reamers
  • Hex keys - Hex key sets; L-wrench sets
  • Impedance meters - Return loss measuring equipment
  • Inspection mirror - Inspection mirrors
  • Integrated circuit testers - Component test sets
  • Ladders - Extension ladders
  • Level meter - Distortion meters; Sweep testing tools
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles - Utility trucks
  • Linemans pliers - Insulated pliers
  • Locking pliers - Locking jaw pliers; Vise grip pliers
  • Longnose pliers - Heavy duty longnose pliers; Long nose electrical pliers
  • Magnetic tools - Magnetic pickup tools
  • Manlift or personnel lift - Electric manlifts
  • Mill saw file - Single-cut mill saw files
  • Modulation meters
  • Multimeters - Multifunction digital multimeters
  • Network analyzers - In-line modular adapters; Scalar network analyzers; Vector network analyzers
  • Nibblers - Nibbling tools
  • Nut drivers - Insulated nutdrivers
  • Ohmmeters - Digital ohmmeters
  • Oscilloscopes - Digital oscilloscopes
  • Plumb bobs - Plumb lines
  • Potentiometers - Trimming potentiometers
  • Power drills - Power drillls
  • Power meters - Directional radio frequency RF power meters
  • Power saws - Chain saws
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Punchdown tools; Screw starters
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety harnesses or belts - Fall arrest systems; Full body harnesses
  • Screwdrivers - Double ended screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Phone outlet testers; Straight screwdrivers
  • Slings - Lifting slings; Rigging equipment
  • Slip or groove joint pliers - Groove-joint pliers; Ignition pliers; Slip joint pliers
  • Socket sets - Antenna socket sets
  • Soldering iron - Butane soldering irons; Electric soldering irons
  • Specialty wrenches - Double end socket can wrenches
  • Stripping tools - Coaxial cable stripping tools; Wire strippers
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Tension testers - Guy wire tension gauges
  • Tinners snips - All-purpose snips
  • Tweezers - Curved tweezers
  • Utility knives - Electricians' knives
  • Voltage or current meters - Coaxial cable testers; Voltmeters
  • Wattmeters
  • Winches - Cable winches
  • Wire cutters - Electricians' scissors; Insulated wire cutters
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Wire crimpers
  • Wire or cable cutter - Cable cutters; Round cable cutters
  • Wire wrapping tool - Wire wrap guns
  • Workshop cranes - Hydraulic cranes

Knowledge

  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Abilities

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 80% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 59% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 62% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 65% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Electronic Mail - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 61% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 53% responded “Very important.”
  • Telephone - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 42% responded “Contact with others most of the time.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 70% responded “Very important results.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 70% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 61% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 28% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 25% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Physical Proximity - 30% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled
  • Level of Competition - 36% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 50% responded “Very important.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 27% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Consequence of Error - 24% responded “Not serious at all.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 62% responded “40 hours.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 21% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 18% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 26% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Letters and Memos - 33% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 16% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 39% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 21% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 28% responded “About half the time.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 25% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 29% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 31% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 37% responded “Very important.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 20% responded “Never.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
37%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $26.92 hourly, $56,000 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 15,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,600

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