What does a satellite systems technician do?
Satellite systems technicians install, repair and replace telecommunications equipment, communication networks and satellite systems. Work ranges from fitting a new system in a business, to repairing equipment after storm damage on a domestic property.
On a typical day, you might:
- carry out site surveys to prepare plans for jobs and quotes
- plan cabling networks
- install and fix aerials or satellite dishes to wall mounts
- connect signal outlet sockets
- check signal strength levels
- test equipment and fix faults
What do I need to do to become a satellite systems technician?
You could get into this career by completing an apprenticeship, for example in electrical and electronic servicing, with an installation company. To get on a scheme, you may need GCSEs in subjects like maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.
You could also apply directly to installation companies if you have experience and/or qualifications in telecommunications, electronic/electrical engineering or electrical equipment servicing.
To gain a qualification, you could take a college course like the Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, which covers some of the skills needed in this job.
The Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) offers short introductory courses in basic satellite and aerial installation.
- Apprenticeship, e.g. in electrical and electronic servicing, with an installation company
- Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Electrical or Electronic Engineering
- Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) introductory courses in basic satellite and aerial installation
- GCSEs in subjects like maths and English, or equivalent qualifications
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?
Some of your work, such as aerial, dish or mast installation, would involve working at heights on roofs, ladders or scaffolding. A driving licence may be required to travel between jobs.
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