Details Report for:
49-2021.00 - Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers
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.
Also see: Radio Mechanics
- 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.
- Read work orders, blueprints, plans, datasheets or site drawings to determine work to be done.
- Replace existing antennas with new antennas as directed.
- Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
- Test operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.
- Climb towers to access components, using safety equipment, such as full-body harnesses.
- Complete reports related to project status, progress, or other work details, using computer software.
- Locate tower sites where work is to be performed, using mapping software.
- Take site survey photos or photos of work performed, using digital cameras.
- Transport equipment to work sites, using utility trucks and equipment trailers.
Tools used in this occupation:
|Frequency analyzers — Antenna analyzers; Digital spectrum analyzers; Radio frequency RF monitors; Signal probe kits|
|Hammers — Ball peen hammers; Claw hammers|
|Hex keys — Hex key sets; L-wrench sets|
|Level meter — Distortion meters; Sweep testing tools|
|Longnose pliers — Heavy duty longnose pliers; Long nose electrical pliers|
|Network analyzers — In-line modular adapters; Scalar network analyzers; Vector network analyzers|
|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|
|Stripping tools — Coaxial cable stripping tools; Wire strippers|
|Wire cutters — Electricians' scissors; Insulated wire cutters|
|Wire or cable cutters — Cable cutters; Round cable cutters|
Technology used in this occupation:
|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|
|Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint|
|Project management software — Microsoft Project|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
|Word processing software — Microsoft Word|
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
|56||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.|
|56||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.|
|47||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.|
|33||Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.|
|33||Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.|
|28||Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2012)||$21.11 hourly, $43,900 annual|
|Employment (2010)||10,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2010-2020)||Much faster than average (29% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2010-2020)||4,500|
|Top industries (2010)||
Information (43% employed in this sector)
State & National
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data and 2010-2020 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2010-2020). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.