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Aerial & Satellite Installers

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Some of these occupations may require a Leaving Certificate or similar.

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Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.

Job Training
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These occupations involve following instructions and helping others. Examples include taxi drivers, amusement and recreation attendants, counter clerks, construction laborers, and waiters or waitresses.

€18k >  
Aerial & Satelite Installers
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(thousands per year)*
€18 -  
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Start: Minimum Wage 17.5k
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Last Updated: March, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Plan and install aerials, satellite and digital dishes to provide signals for individual homes, or buildings such as hotels and flats


The Work header image

An installation engineer usually reaches the best position for an aerial or dish by using ladders. They then test for signal availability using a meter.  
 
After installing the aerial, other activities include routing feeder cables and fitting cable to the receiving equipment, which includes televisions, videos, radio tuners and set-top boxes used with satellite and digital television. On complex installations the engineer may work from detailed plans.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Note differences in wire and cable colors so that work can be performed correctly.

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Test circuits and components of malfunctioning telecommunications equipment to isolate sources of malfunctions, using test meters, circuit diagrams, polarity probes, and other hand tools.

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Test repaired, newly installed, or updated equipment to ensure that it functions properly and conforms to specifications, using test equipment and observation.

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Drive crew trucks to and from work areas.

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Inspect equipment on a regular basis to ensure proper functioning.

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Repair or replace faulty equipment such as defective and damaged telephones, wires, switching system components, and associated equipment.

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Remove and remake connections to change circuit layouts, following work orders or diagrams.

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Demonstrate equipment to customers and explain how it is to be used, and respond to any inquiries or complaints.

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Analyze test readings, computer printouts, and trouble reports to determine equipment repair needs and required repair methods.

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Adjust or modify equipment to enhance equipment performance or to respond to customer requests.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Telecommunications:  Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Troubleshooting:   Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Equipment Selection:   Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need a good head for heights and the ability to work on ladders. You should also have a reasonable level of physical fitness.  
 
You will need basic number skills to carry out simple signal level calculations and to work out job costs. You will need a friendly, polite manner to deal with the public.  
 
More senior positions may require a full, clean driving licence.


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