Radio and Cell Tower Equipment Technicians

Manufacturing > Maintenance, Installation & Repair

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to 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.

Common job titles of Radio and Cell Tower Equipment Technicians include:

Experience and Education

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.

  • 36.72% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 19.25% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Perform maintenance or repair work on existing tower equipment, using hand or power tools.

    Climb towers to access components, using safety equipment, such as full-body harnesses.

    Lift equipment into position, using cranes and rigging tools or equipment, such as gin poles.

    Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.

    Read work orders, blueprints, plans, datasheets or site drawings to determine work to be done.

    Bolt equipment into place, using hand or power tools.

    Install all necessary transmission equipment components, including antennas or antenna mounts, surge arrestors, transmission lines, connectors, or tower-mounted amplifiers (TMAs).

    Complete reports related to project status, progress, or other work details, using computer software.

    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.

    Climb communication towers to install, replace, or repair antennas or auxiliary equipment used to transmit and receive radio waves.

    Transport equipment to work sites, using utility trucks and equipment trailers.

    Test operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.

    Take site survey photos or photos of work performed, using digital cameras.

    Locate tower sites where work is to be performed, using mapping software.

    Replace existing antennas with new antennas as directed.

    Assemble or erect communications towers, using construction or rigging equipment.

    Install, connect, or test underground or aboveground grounding systems.

    Install or repair tower lighting components, including strobes, beacons, or lighting controllers.

    Check antenna positioning to ensure specified azimuths or mechanical tilts and adjust as necessary.


Wire wrap guns

Wire strippers

Wire crimpers



Vise grip pliers

Vector network analyzers

All Tools

Utility trucks

Trimming potentiometers

Sweep testing tools

Straight screwdrivers

Spring-loaded side cutters

Slip joint pliers

Single-cut mill saw files

Signal probe kits

Screw starters

Scalar network analyzers

Safety lanyards

Safety goggles

Safety glasses

Round cable cutters

Rigging equipment

Return loss measuring equipment

Receptacle testers

Radio frequency RF monitors

Punchdown tools

Probe pick spudgers

Power drillls

Plumb lines

Phone outlet testers

Phillips head screwdrivers

Nibbling tools

Multifunction digital multimeters

Modulation meters

Measuring tapes

Magnetic pickup tools

Long nose electrical pliers

Locking jaw pliers

Lifting slings

L-wrench sets

Insulated wire cutters

Insulated pliers

Insulated nutdrivers

Inspection mirrors

In-line modular adapters

Ignition pliers

Hydraulic cranes

Hex key sets

Heavy duty longnose pliers

Hand reamers


Guy wire tension gauges

Groove-joint pliers

Gin poles

Full body harnesses

Frequency meters

Frequency counters


Fall arrest systems

Extension ladders

Equipment trailers

Electricians’ scissors

Electricians’ knives

Electric soldering irons

Electric manlifts

Double ended screwdrivers

Double end socket can wrenches

Distortion meters

Directional radio frequency RF power meters

Directional compasses

Digital spectrum analyzers

Digital oscilloscopes

Digital ohmmeters

Digital cameras

Digital ammeters

Diagonal cutting pliers

Desolder pumps

Curved tweezers

Concrete pumpers

Concrete mixers

Component test sets

Coaxial cable testers

Coaxial cable stripping tools

Claw hammers

Circuit analyzers

Chain saws

Cable winches

Cable locators

Cable cutters

Butane soldering irons

Bucket trucks

Ball peen hammers


Antenna socket sets

Antenna analyzers

All-purpose snips

Alignment tools


AERONET calculator

Caliper Maptitude

Location mapping software

Maintenance documentation software

Sweep analysis software

Zoho WebNMS Cell Tower Manager


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