Summary 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.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
|Frequency analyzers — Antenna analyzers; Digital spectrum analyzers; Radio frequency RF monitors; Signal probe kits|
|Network analyzers — In-line modular adapters; Scalar network analyzers; Vector network analyzers|
|Screwdrivers — Double ended screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers; Phone outlet testers; Straight screwdrivers|
|Slip or groove joint pliers — Groove-joint pliers; Ignition pliers; Slip joint pliers|
|Stripping tools — Coaxial cable stripping tools; Wire strippers|
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|
|Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel|
* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.
|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 & 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)|
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.