Repairs, installs or maintains 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.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Maintenance, Installation and Repair pathway.
A person in this career:
- Repairs circuits, wiring, and soldering, using soldering irons and hand tools to install parts and adjust connections.
- Tests equipment functions such as signal strength and quality, transmission capacity, interference, and signal delay, using equipment such as oscilloscopes, circuit analyzers, frequency meters, and wattmeters.
- Installs, adjusts, and repairs stationary and mobile radio transmitting and receiving equipment and two-way radio communication systems.
- Examines malfunctioning radio equipment to locate defects such as loose connections, broken wires, or burned-out components, using schematic diagrams and test equipment.
- Removes and replaces defective components and parts such as conductors, resistors, semiconductors, and integrated circuits, using soldering irons, wire cutters, and hand tools.
- Calibrates and aligns components, using scales, gauges, and other measuring instruments.
- Turns setscrews to adjust receivers for maximum sensitivity and transmitters for maximum output.
- Tests emergency transmitters to ensure their readiness for immediate use.
- Mounts equipment on transmission towers and in vehicles such as ships or ambulances.
- Inserts plugs into receptacles and bolts or screws leads to terminals to connect equipment to power sources, using hand tools.