Satellite systems technician
Satellite engineers install and repair telecoms equipment and satellite systems.
Salary range: £16,000 to £30,000
How to become a satellite engineer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills you need in this job. Relevant courses include:
- Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation
- Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could get started by doing an electrical and electronic service and installation engineer advanced apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You can apply directly to installation companies if you have experience or qualifications in telecommunications, electronic or electrical engineering, or electrical equipment servicing.
You can do short introductory courses in basic satellite and aerial installation through the Confederation of Aerial Industries.
- you’ll need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent to train and work on a construction site
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
- the ability to repair machines or systems
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to work well with your hands
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll usually need a driving licence to travel from job to job.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- surveying a site to plan a job
- working out where cabling networks will go
- installing and fixing aerials or satellite dishes
- checking signal strength
- testing equipment and fixing faults
- calculating quotes to install new systems
You could work at a client’s home or at a client’s business.
Your working environment may be at height and outdoors some of the time.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With further training and experience, you could plan and design telecommunications systems, or set up your own business installing satellite dishes and equipment.