What does a station installer do?
Station installers install, maintain, and repair wiring and equipment for telecommunications in homes and businesses. They set up telephone, Internet, television capabilities, and a variety of other communications services. They install wiring inside the residence or business or connect established wires to service lines located outside. Station installers assemble telecommunications equipment, connect wire leads, and mount brackets by following work orders or installation diagrams and using a variety of hand tools. They test the recently installed equipment to ensure it is working properly and they make the necessary adjustments. They also perform the necessary maintenance and troubleshoot problems. Station installers often climb telephone poles and ladders to test connections and lines.
What kind of training does a station installer need?
Station installers must have at least a high school diploma, but most employers prefer applicants with some postsecondary education. Many station installers have a degree in electronics, computer technology, or other related field. Station installers gain their training in many different ways such as 2 year and 4 year college programs, military experience, and apprenticeships. Most employers provide some on the job training to new station installers to learn the necessary policies and procedures. New station installers typically start out following experienced workers and complete simple tasks. They move on to more advanced duties as they gain experience. Station installers complete additional training as needed throughout their careers to keep their skills current and stay up to date with advancements in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a station installer?
Employment of station installers is expected to experience little to no change from 2008 to 2018 (1). Technological advances will limit job growth.
Job prospects should be good with strong competition. Station installers with extensive experience and advanced training will have the best job opportunities. Some job openings will result from the need to replace station installers that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do station installers make?
As of March 2010, the average annual salary for station installers is $27,000; average annual station installer salaries vary greatly by location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a station installer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in the installation and maintenance of a variety of telecommunications systems. Station installers must have a solid understanding of the procedures required to set up many different systems. Mechanical aptitude, physical stamina, detail orientation, good color vision, and good problem solving skills are necessary characteristics. Station installers must have good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to interact with a variety of customers. They must be able to work effectively independently as well as part of a team.