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Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers - 49-2021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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 Technician
  • Communications Systems Technician
  • Communications Tower Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Radio Frequency Technician (RF Technician)
  • Radio Repairman
  • Radio Service Technician (Radio Service Tech)
  • Radio Technician (Radio Tech)
  • Tower Technician
  • Two-Way Radio Technician (Two-Way Radio Tech)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

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Tasks

  • Bolt equipment into place, using hand or power tools.
  • Calibrate and align components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Examine malfunctioning radio equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment.
  • Insert plugs into receptacles and bolt or screw leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools.
  • 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, adjust, and repair stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems.
  • Install, connect, or test underground or aboveground grounding systems.
  • Lift equipment into position, using cranes and rigging tools or equipment, such as gin poles.
  • Locate tower sites where work is to be performed, using mapping software.
  • Monitor radio range stations to detect transmission flaws and adjust controls to eliminate flaws.
  • Mount equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
  • 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.
  • Remove and replace defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
  • Repair circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
  • Replace existing antennas with new antennas as directed.
  • Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
  • Take site survey photos or photos of work performed, using digital cameras.
  • Test batteries, using hydrometers and ammeters, and charge batteries as necessary.
  • Test emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
  • Test equipment functions such as signal strength and quality, transmission capacity, interference, and signal delay, using equipment such as oscilloscopes, circuit analyzers, frequency meters, and wattmeters.
  • Test operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.
  • Transport equipment to work sites, using utility trucks and equipment trailers.
  • Turn setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Adjust the tension of nuts or bolts.
  • Assemble electrical components, subsystems, or systems.
  • Bolt objects into place.
  • Calibrate equipment to specifications.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment.
  • Control power supply connections.
  • Document operational activities.
  • Gather information about work conditions or locations.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect safety equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inspect telecommunications equipment to identify problems.
  • Install audio or communications equipment.
  • Install electrical components, equipment, or systems.
  • Interpret blueprints, specifications, or diagrams to inform installation, development or operation activities.
  • Lay cables to connect equipment.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Move large objects using heavy equipment.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Position equipment using hand tools, power tools, or heavy equipment.
  • Read work orders or descriptions of problems to determine repairs or modifications needed.
  • Record images needed to address work issues.
  • Repair electrical circuits or wiring.
  • Repair electrical components.
  • Repair electronic equipment.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or defective mechanical parts.
  • Solder parts or connections between parts.
  • Test communications equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Test electrical circuits or components for proper functioning.
  • Test electrical equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircraft Command Control Communications and Navigation Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Command Control Communications and Navigation Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communication And Navigation Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communication And Navigation Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Communications/Navigation Systems Technician, KC-130 (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • AN/SRC-55(V) HYDRA, ENG WIFCOM, WPCS Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/SRQ-4 W/EC-181 Ku Band Radio Terminal Set Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/SSC-12 Shipboard Air Traffic Control Communications (SATCC) Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/SSC-13 Shipboard Air Traffic Control Communications (SATCC) Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/TRC-170 Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • AN/TSC-120 Radio Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • AN/WSC-6(V)5 Super High Frequency (SHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/WSC-6(V)7 Combatant Super High Frequency (SHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/WSC-6(V)9 Combatant Super High Frequency (SHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • AN/WSC-8 Super High Frequency (SHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Communication Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • BKS/SMG Communications Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Client Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Combined Shore Communications Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Command and Control Systems Integrator (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Common Submarine Radio Room (CSRR) Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communication And Navigation Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communication And Navigation Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Communications Equipment (SRQ-4) Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Communications Equipment (Tactical Data Systems ) Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Cyberspace Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Defensive Cyberspace Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Digital Wideband Systems Maintainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Electronic Warfare Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Warfare Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Electronic Warfare/Intercept Aviation Systems Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Electronics Technician, Submarine, Navigation (Navy - Enlisted)
  • EW/Intercept Strategic Receiving Subsystems/Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • EW/Intercept Strategic System Analyst and Command and Control Subsystem Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • FFG-7 Class Navigation Electronics Subsystem Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Field Artillery Radar Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (AEGIS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Fire Controlman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Flight Deck Communications System (FDCS) Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • FLTSATCOM (CUDIXS/DAMA-NAVCOMMSTA) Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Ground Communications Organizational Repairer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ground Electronics Systems Maintenance Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ground Electronics Transmission Systems Maintainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radio Communications (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radio Communications Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radio Intermediate Repairer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Ground Radio Repairer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • High Frequency Direction Finding (HFDF) Hardware Maintenance Tech. (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information System Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Information Systems Technician Submarines (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems Engineer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Interior Communications Electrician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LCS-1 (Freedom Variant) TACAN/AIMS/SATCOM/AN-UPX Electronics Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LHD Class Radio Communications System Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Metrology Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Microwave Systems Operator/Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Mobile Systems Facilities Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Communication Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Network Administrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Radio and Communications Security (COMSEC) Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Equipment Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Frequency Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Radio Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Radio Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • RF Transmission Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Satellite Transmissions System Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Satellite, Wideband and Telemetry Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Satellite, Wideband and Telemetry Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Secure Communications Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Secure Communications Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Secure Communications Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Secure Communications Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Signal Support Systems Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Single Audio System (SAS) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Sonar Technician (Surface) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Electrical Devices Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Fixed Communications Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Communications Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • SSN ECS Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Strategic Systems Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Radioman Communications (SUBCOMM) Combined Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Radioman Strategic Communications (STRATEGICOMM) Equipment Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Radioman Tactical Communications (TACTICOMM) Equipment Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surface HF Communications Systems Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • SWS Navigation System Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • TacMobile Maintenance System Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Communications Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Remote Sensor System (TRSS) Maintainer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Satellite Microwave Systems Operator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Satellite/Microwave Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Support Communications (TSCOMM) Replacement Program Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Technical Controller (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Transmissions Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Transmissions System Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • TRIDENT ECS Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • TRIDENT I/II Radio Frequency (RF) Equipment Maintenance Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • TRIDENT Radioman Exterior Comm Sub-Systems Operations and Maint Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • UL Communications Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wideband Acquisitions and Analysis (WBAA) Hardware Maintenance Tech. (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Electrician, Radio
  • Fiber Optic Technician
  • Maintenance and Condition Assessment Foreman (MCF)
  • Maintenance and Condition Assessment Lead (MCL)
  • Radio Mechanic
  • Telecommunication Tower Technician
  • Telecommunications Tower Antenna and Line Foreman
  • Telecommunications Tower Antenna and Line Lead
  • Telecommunications Tower Construction Foreman
  • Telecommunications Tower Construction Lead
  • Wireless Technician

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Electrician, Radio
  • Electronic Equipment Repairer
  • Radio Mechanic