Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers

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:

  • Assemble or erect communications towers, using construction or rigging equipment.
  • Bolt equipment into place, using hand or power tools.
  • Check antenna positioning to ensure specified azimuths or mechanical tilts and adjust as necessary.
  • Climb communication towers to install, replace, or repair antennas or auxiliary equipment used to transmit and receive radio waves.
  • 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.
  • Install all necessary transmission equipment components, including antennas or antenna mounts, surge arrestors, transmission lines, connectors, or tower-mounted amplifiers (TMAs).
  • Install or repair tower lighting components, including strobes, beacons, or lighting controllers.
  • Install, connect, or test underground or aboveground grounding systems.
  • Lift equipment into position, using cranes and rigging tools or equipment such as gin poles.
  • Perform maintenance or repair work on existing tower equipment, using hand or power tools.

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