Satellite systems technicians install, repair and replace telecommunications equipment, communication systems, and fixed and motorised satellite systems in commercial, healthcare, educational and domestic premises.
Work may involve designing and installing a new system, upgrading an existing setup or repairing and realigning equipment after storm damage.Typical duties include:
Technicians use a variety of equipment including wiring tools, drills, and signal quality and strength meters. On complex installations they may have to work to detailed plans and drawings. Much of the work will be at heights, working on roofs, ladders or scaffolding.
For more information on telecommunications installation see Technician: Telecommunications profile.
Technicians work between 40 and 45 hours a week but with variable shifts, often including weekends and evenings. Technicians may be on-call to cover off-peak hours and emergencies.
Some work such as aerial, dish or pole installation requires daylight hours and includes working at heights in all weathers.
Technicians travel from site to site, so a driving licence is usually essential.
To be a satellite technician you need:
The industry prospects are good with the switch from terrestrial TV to digital underway between 2008 and 2012.
Satellite systems technicians are employed by specialist contracting firms. These provide installation services for organisations such as major telecommunications and cable companies, mobile phone companies, TV companies and broadcasters. There are also opportunities within the armed forces and the Ministry of Defence working on military applications of telecommunications technology.
With further training, opportunities may arise in the planning and design of complex systems.
Some technicians become self-employed after qualifying.
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