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Satellite engineer Satellite systems technician

Satellite engineers install and repair telecoms equipment and networks, and satellite systems.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 40 to 45 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. Qualifications or experience in telecoms, electronic or electrical engineering could help you get a job. GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths, may also help.

You may need a driving licence.

You'll usually need colour-normal vision.

To work on building sites, you'll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • practical skills to use equipment
  • the ability to read technical drawings and plans
  • analytical skills to find and fix faults
  • maths skills for technical calculations and working out costs

3. What you'll do

You could get a job with a satellite installation company that works for broadband or mobile phone operators. You could also work for the armed forces. Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • surveying a site to plan a job
  • planning cabling networks
  • installing and fixing aerials or satellite dishes
  • checking signal strength
  • testing equipment and fixing faults

You'll need to follow health and safety guidelines.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,000 to £18,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000 to £30,000 (manager)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 40 to 45 hours a week, including weekends and evenings. You may need to cover emergencies.

The job is physically demanding. You'll work at height on roofs, ladders or scaffolding. You'll travel from job to job.

6. Career path and progression

With further training, you could plan and design telecommunications systems, or set up a business installing satellites.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017