Satellite systems technician

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Engineering
Produce

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Figures and forecasts for roles at the same level, which require similar skills and qualifications.

Average UK salary

Currently employed in Scotland

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What's it like?

You would set up and look after satellite systems and other communication tools.

Your job would involve putting in new systems and improving old ones, as well as repairing damaged equipment. You could be working on both homes and businesses.

You would:

  • Carry out site surveys to prepare job quotes
  • Plan cabling networks
  • Install and fix aerials or satellite dishes to mounts
  • Connect signal outlet sockets
  • Check signal strength
  • Test equipment and fix faults

You would learn to use many different specialised hand and power tools. On larger jobs, you would have to follow detailed engineering design plans.

You would need to keep up with new developments in analogue and digital technology. Knowledge of safe working practices would also be important.

Working conditions

Hours

You would normally work between 40 and 45 hours a week, including weekends and evenings. You may also have on-call duties to cover off-peak hours and emergencies.

Environment

Some of your work, such as aerial, dish or mast installation, would involve working at heights on roofs, ladders or scaffolding.

Travel

You would travel to each job, and would normally use a van to transport equipment.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Helping customers
  • Working with your hands
  • Repairing and fixing
  • Being physically fit
  • Working with numbers

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

Employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF levels 4 to 6, in particular for entry to a Modern Apprenticeship leading to a relevant qualification such as a Scottish Vocational Qualification in Electrical and Electronic Servicing (SVQ level 3).

Alternatively you could do a National Certificate or National Qualification (SCQF level 5/6) in Electrical or Electronics Engineering.

You can enter some National Certificate or National Qualification courses (SCQF 2-6) with no formal qualifications but most courses ask for National 4/5 qualifications (SCQF level 4/5).

You can enter Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications.

Useful subjects

Employers and courses require

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

You will also need

You may need to pass colour vision tests.

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show an understanding of the industry, practical and technical skills or a college or university qualifications.

Relevant work-based qualifications in telecommunications, electronic/electrical engineering and electrical equipment servicing.