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


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
13,600 employed

Projected (2024):
14,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Avionics Repair Technician
  • Avionics Technician
  • Cell Tower Climber
  • Cellular Equipment Installer
  • Cellular Equipment Repairer
  • Cellular Tower Climber
  • Certified Tower Climber
  • Communications Tower Climber
  • Communications Tower Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Installation Technician (Installation Tech)
  • Installer
  • Land Mobile Radio Technician
  • Microwave Radio Technician
  • Radio Equipment Installer
  • Radio Equipment Repairer
  • Radio Frequency Technician
  • Radio Maintainer
  • Radio Mechanic
  • Radio Repairer
  • Radio Technician
  • Radio Tower Technician
  • Telecommunication Tower Technician
  • Tower Climber
  • Tower Equipment Installer
  • Tower Equipment Repairer
  • Tower Hand
  • Tower Technician
  • Two-Way Radio Installer
  • Two-Way Radio Technician
  • Wireless Cellular Technician

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Read work orders, blueprints, plans, datasheets or site drawings to determine work to be done.
  • Replace existing antennas with new antennas as directed.
  • Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
  • Test operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.
  • 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.
  • Locate tower sites where work is to be performed, using mapping software.
  • Take site survey photos or photos of work performed, using digital cameras.
  • Transport equipment to work sites, using utility trucks and equipment trailers.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Alignment tools
  • All-purpose snips
  • Antenna analyzers
  • Antenna socket sets
  • Backhoes
  • Ball peen hammers
  • Bucket trucks
  • Butane soldering irons
  • Cable cutters
  • Cable locators
  • Cable winches
  • Chain saws
  • Circuit analyzers
  • Claw hammers
  • Coaxial cable stripping tools
  • Coaxial cable testers
  • Component test sets
  • Concrete mixers
  • Concrete pumpers
  • Curved tweezers
  • Desolder pumps
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • Digital ammeters
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital ohmmeters
  • Digital oscilloscopes
  • Digital spectrum analyzers
  • Directional compasses
  • Directional radio frequency RF power meters
  • Distortion meters
  • Double end socket can wrenches
  • Double ended screwdrivers
  • Electric manlifts
  • Electric soldering irons
  • Electricians' knives
  • Electricians' scissors
  • Equipment trailers
  • Extension ladders
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Forklifts
  • Frequency counters
  • Frequency meters
  • Full body harnesses
  • Gin poles
  • Groove-joint pliers
  • Guy wire tension gauges
  • Hacksaws
  • Hand reamers
  • Heavy duty longnose pliers
  • Hex key sets
  • Hydraulic cranes
  • Ignition pliers
  • In-line modular adapters
  • Inspection mirrors
  • Insulated nutdrivers
  • Insulated pliers
  • Insulated wire cutters
  • L-wrench sets
  • Lifting slings
  • Locking jaw pliers
  • Long nose electrical pliers
  • Magnetic pickup tools
  • Measuring tapes
  • Modulation meters
  • Multifunction digital multimeters
  • Nibbling tools
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Phone outlet testers
  • Plumb lines
  • Power drillls
  • Probe pick spudgers
  • Punchdown tools
  • Radio frequency RF monitors
  • Receptacle testers
  • Return loss measuring equipment
  • Rigging equipment
  • Round cable cutters
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety lanyards
  • Scalar network analyzers
  • Screw starters
  • Signal probe kits
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Spring-loaded side cutters
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Sweep testing tools
  • Trimming potentiometers
  • Utility trucks
  • Vector network analyzers
  • Vise grip pliers
  • Voltmeters
  • Wattmeters
  • Wire crimpers
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire wrap guns
  • AERONET calculator
  • Caliper Maptitude
  • Location mapping software
  • Maintenance documentation software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Sweep analysis software
  • Zoho WebNMS Cell Tower Manager

  • installation maintenance and repair

    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990