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How to become a Satellite Systems Technician

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What does a Satellite Systems Technician do?

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:
  • carrying out site surveys as a basis for quotes
  • planning the cabling and distribution network
  • installing and fixing aerials or satellite dishes to mounts
  • connecting signal outlet sockets
  • checking received signal levels
  • testing equipment and rectifying faults.

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Satellite Systems Technician?

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.

What does it take to become a Satellite Systems Technician?

To be a satellite technician you need:

  • an understanding of analogue and digital technologies
  • good practical skills
  • good numeracy skills for technical calculations and costing
  • an appreciation of how environmental and physical factors affect signal strength
  • good communication and customer care skills
  • normal colour vision
  • good physical fitness
  • a willingness to keep track of new developments
  • an understanding of safe working practices.

Satellite Systems Technician Career Opportunities

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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Satellite Systems Technician that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Confederation of Aerial Industries
Fulton House Business Centre
Fulton Road
Wembley Park
Middlesex
HA9 0TF
Tel: 020 8902 8998
www.cai.org.uk

City & Guilds
1 Giltspur Street
London
EC1A 9DD
Tel: 020 7294 2800
www.cityandguilds.com

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