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Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Lift equipment into position, using cranes and rigging tools or equipment, such as gin poles.
    • Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Locate tower sites where work is to be performed, using mapping software.
    • Assemble or erect communications towers, using construction or rigging equipment.
    • Complete reports related to project status, progress, or other work details, using computer software.
    • Install or repair tower lighting components, including strobes, beacons, or lighting controllers.
    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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    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.

    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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $56,200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $27.02/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 670
    • Yearly Projected Openings 60
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: 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
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Wire or cable cutter
    • Slip or groove joint pliers
    • Screwdrivers
    • Network analyzers
    • Frequency analyzers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Project management software
    • Presentation software
    • Map creation software
    • Analytical or scientific software