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Working As A Tower Technician

  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • $63,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Tower Technician Do At Shaw Industries Inc.

* Making machine/process adjustments on line and on computer.
* Visual inspections of the tower monitoring system in the following areas: control room, super sack area, silos and tanks
* Following specific instructions on each order.
* Maintaining operation of dry blending process while monitoring: Temperature, Torque, Mix time and Batch numbers
* Achieving set quality standards.
* Maintain awareness truck delivery schedule for raw materials as well as tracking by lot number.
* Monitoring information such as what material is in the process or available including inventory, actual levels and usage rates Completing reports.
* Assist the Department Lead in the daily production of quality luxury vinyl in the safest, most efficient and productive manner, by utilizing established methods and procedures

What Does A Tower Technician Do At Centerline Solutions

* Reports directly to the foreman
* Can deal with constructive criticism and is willing to learn
* Able to follow detailed directions
* Able to rig towers, monopoles, and rooftops for construction purposes
* Has some knowledge of construction drawings
* Aware of all hazards pertaining to wireless construction
* Has knowledge of all tasks involved with project
* Owns his own tools of trade
* Communicate clearly with coworkers
* Work independently as well as on small teams

What Does A Tower Technician Do At Aero Communications Inc.

* Climb towers to lead in installation, replacement, and troubleshooting of wireless equipment based on direction from Foreman and Construction Manager.
* Able to run the top independently.
* Always up the tower unless the Foreman is absent.
* Proficient with Capstan Hoist.
* Proficient with Gin Pole.
* Learn how to SWEEP, PIM, Fiber Test, Volt Meter.
* Lead the crew on the tower.
* Understand and comply with DOT regulations.
* Perform tasks of Tower Tech I and Tower Tech II as needed and lead by example to facilitate timely job completion.
* Learn and assist with Tower Foreman tasks; Fill in for Tower Foreman as needed.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Tower Technician Do At AAA Northeast

* Help and Serve by responding to road service calls and provide mechanical assistance to members in a timely, efficient, and safe manner.
* Explain AAA Northeast's emergency road service policies and procedures to members.
* Check vehicle and equipment and report any need for repair or replacement.
* Maintain daily log of all calls completed.
* Inform dispatcher of any unusual traffic or road conditions.
* Responsible for following safety policies and procedures, reporting all accidents and injuries immediately to supervisor, and communicating unsafe situations to supervisor to help prevent accidents

What Does A Tower Technician Do At Overland Contracting, Inc.

* This role will covering the Missouri and Kansas market, local candidates are preferred.
* Use appropriate hand and power tools to properly measure, cut, bend, assemble and erect all components necessary for lifting, moving and installing equipment, materials, lines, antennae etc. in accordance with the applicable plans, specifications codes and industry standards.
* 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.
* Bolt systems or equipment into place, using hand or power tools.
* Test operation of tower transmission components, using sweep testing tools or software.
* Run appropriate power, ground, or coaxial cables.
* Check antenna positioning to ensure specified azimuths or mechanical tilts and adjust as necessary.
* Replace existing antennas with new antennas as directed.
* Install all necessary transmission equipment components, including antennas or antenna mounts, surge arrestors, transmission lines, connectors, or tower‐mounted amplifiers (TMAs).
* Take site survey photos or photos of work performed, using digital cameras.
* Complete reports related to project status, progress, or other work details, using computer software.
* Participate in all safety related processes and programs as requested.
* Engage with your work team to ensure we achieve zero injuries.
* Understand that no job is so important that your safety and that of your crew will be compromised.
* Watch for hazards and report any concerns to your supervisor or safety professional.
* If needed, use your stop work authority until the issue is resolved.
* Report all accidents and near misses to supervisor; participate in investigation process as needed.
* Participate in all pre‐job work planning and safety discussions.
* Identify safety hazards you or other employees may be subject to and take all necessary corrective action to eliminate and/or mitigate hazards.
* Understand and respond appropriately to all safety hazards and warning devices (i.e. back‐up alarms, smell of smoke, different colored warning tags, warning sirens).
* Understand, support, and follow lockout tag out procedures.
* Attend site specific training and assure you follow all procedures as out lined in training.
* Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean work environment.
* Listen to co‐workers suggestions, safety concerns, and recommendations giving full attention to what they are saying and take the time to understand the points being made, asking questions and providing feedback when appropriate.
* Examine/inspect field conditions and identify problems, inaccuracies, and cost saving measures that arise or that may be encountered.
* Take corrective actions as needed reporting any issues to your supervision.
* If certified to operate equipment ensure that construction equipment is correctly operated, maintained, in good working order, and Daily Equipment Inspections are completed for equipment being used.
* Comply with Company Code of Conduct and jobsite policies.
* Perform all other actions necessary to accomplish the foregoing principal duties and accountabilities.
* Work in other crafts at levels appropriate to training and skills as requested by project supervision.
* Perform all other job related duties as requested by supervisor

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How To Become A Tower Technician

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers typically need postsecondary education in electronics, telecommunications, or computer technology and receive on-the-job training. Industry certification is required for some positions.

Education

Postsecondary education in electronics, telecommunications, or computers is typically needed for telecom technicians. 

Technical instruction in basic electronics, telecommunications, and computer science offered in community colleges and technical schools may be particularly helpful. Most programs lead to a certificate or an associate’s degree in electronics repair, computer science, or related subjects.

Some employers prefer to hire candidates with an associate’s degree, particularly for positions such as central office technicians, headend technicians, and those working with commercial communications systems.

Training

Once hired, telecom technicians receive on-the-job training, typically lasting a few months. Training involves a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on work with an experienced technician. In these settings, workers learn the equipment’s internal parts and the tools needed for repair. Technicians who have completed postsecondary education often require less on-the-job instruction than those who have not. 

Some companies may send new employees to training sessions to learn about equipment, procedures, and technologies offered by equipment manufacturers or industry organizations.

Because technology in this field constantly changes, telecom technicians must continue learning about new equipment over the course of their careers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some technicians must be certified to perform certain tasks or to work on specific equipment. Certification requirements vary by employer and specialization.

Organizations, such as the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, offer certifications for telecom technicians. Some manufacturers also provide certifications for working with specific equipment.

Advancement

Advancement opportunities often depend on previous work experience and training. Repairers with extensive knowledge of equipment may be qualified to become manufacturing sales representatives.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Telecom technicians must be able to distinguish different colors because they work with color-coded wires.

Customer-service skills. Telecom technicians who work in customers’ homes and offices, should be friendly and polite. They must be able to teach people how to maintain and operate communications equipment.

Dexterity. Telecom technicians’ tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Telecom technicians must be familiar with the devices they install and repair, their internal parts, and the appropriate tools needed to use, install, or fix them. They must also be able to understand manufacturers’ instructions when installing or repairing equipment.

Troubleshooting skills. Telecom technicians must be able to troubleshoot and devise solutions to problems that are not immediately apparent.

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Tower Technician Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    95.3%
  • Female

    3.8%
  • Unknown

    0.9%

Ethnicity

  • White

    81.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.1%
  • Asian

    5.3%
  • Unknown

    1.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    57.1%
  • Carrier

    14.3%
  • French

    8.6%
  • German

    5.7%
  • Polish

    5.7%
  • Japanese

    2.9%
  • Armenian

    2.9%
  • Arabic

    2.9%
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Real Tower Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Lead Tower Technician Federal Professional Solutions, Inc. Alexandria, VA Apr 18, 2016 $59,584
Tower Technician Caelo Communications Inc. Lanham, MD Apr 22, 2015 $56,349
SR. Lead Tower Technician Federal Professional Solutions, Inc. VA Aug 15, 2013 $52,989
SR. Lead Tower Technician Federal Professional Solutions, Inc. IL Aug 15, 2013 $50,067
Tower Technician Virginia Tower Construction, LLC Gordonsville, VA Apr 05, 2016 $46,134
Tower Technician Tri-State Tower Marion, IA Jun 01, 2013 $45,914

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Top Skills for A Tower Technician

AntennaSystemsEquipmentCellPhoneTowersT-MobileSafetyEquipmentT LTECoaxCablesVerizonOshaCommunicationTowersRFPIMAnritsuTMAUmtsTroubleShootingCpr/FirstCellSitesGSMHandToolsTopHand

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Top Tower Technician Skills

  1. Antenna Systems Equipment
  2. Cell Phone Towers
  3. T-Mobile
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Climbed and worked on communications towers for the purpose of installing, replacing, and repairing antenna systems equipment.
  • Climb cell phone towers up to 300 ft. using climbing gear and harness, according to safety regulations.
  • Replace cables fittings and cables transitioning edge to 4G for t-mobile
  • Inspect and ensure proper use of personal safety equipment.
  • Sprint lte builds and upgrades including radio mounts antennae mounts hybrid runs, sweeps, and test.

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