Television Aerial Installation Engineer

Introduction

Television aerial installation engineers plan and install aerials and satellite dishes to provide signals for homes, or buildings such as hotels, flats, offices and hospitals.

Also known as

  • Aerial Erector, Television
  • Satellite Dish/Television Aerial Erector
  • TV Aerial Erector

Work Activities

Television aerial installation engineers install, maintain and repair aerial and satellite systems on different types of buildings.

A television aerial installation engineer generally uses ladders (where permitted) to reach the best position on a roof for putting up an aerial or satellite dish. They test for signal availability using testing equipment, and then install the necessary aerial and receiving equipment.

After installing the aerial, they find a route for feeder cables and fit cable to the receiving equipment, which includes televisions, DVD/Blu-ray players and recorders, radio tuners and set-top boxes used with satellite and digital television.

Television aerial installation engineers use a variety of tools in their work, for example, when drilling holes and fixing the aerials. The work involves running cables through buildings via various points of access. They then use their test equipment to check the reception and picture quality.

Television aerial installation engineers usually wear a uniform and personal protective equipment (PPE) so they can work safely. Outdoor work takes place in all types of weather. Sometimes, they have to repair aerials that have been damaged by storms.

Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.

Personal Qualities and Skills

As a television aerial installation engineer, you need:

  • A good head for heights and the ability to work on ladders.
  • A reasonable level of physical fitness.
  • To not mind working outdoors, in all types of weather.
  • Basic number skills to carry out simple signal level calculations and to work out job costs.
  • A friendly, polite manner to deal with the public, as well as good communication skills.
  • To be good at following instructions and health and safety procedures.
  • To keep up to date with changes in equipment used and new technology.

A full, clean driving licence may be required for this job.

Pay and Opportunities

Pay

The pay rates given below are approximate.

Salaries for television aerial installation engineers are in the range of £15,000 - £19,000 a year, rising to £20,000 - £25,000 a year, with experience. Senior positions can earn up to £35,000 a year.

Hours of work

Television aerial installation engineers usually work a 39-hour week, which may include Saturdays.

What's happening in this work area?

The expansion of satellite television improves employment prospects. Aerial installation may be run as a sideline to related businesses such as repairing music systems or DVD/Blu-ray equipment.

Where could I work?

Employers are specialist private contractors and independent stores that sell and hire televisions and music systems.

Opportunities for television aerial installation engineers occur with employers in towns and cities throughout the UK.

Self-employment

Opportunities occur for television aerial installation engineers to work as self-employed installers with larger contracting companies or broadcast operators.

Where are vacancies advertised?

Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Universal Jobmatch website.

Entry Routes and Training

Entry routes

You can enter this career by applying for trainee vacancies.

Relevant Intermediate Level and Advanced Level Apprenticeships are available and may be offered in your area.

Training

Most training is on-the-job. However, the Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) Limited provides an extensive education and skills training programme.

As technology changes, you will need to keep up to date by taking short courses and further training.

Progression

Television aerial installation engineers can progress to team leader/supervisor positions after further training and experience.

Qualifications

There are no formal entry requirements to this career. However, employers and training providers may prefer applicants to have a basic level of education. GCSEs in Maths, English and a science subject could be useful.

To enter an Advanced Level Apprenticeship you usually need 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, Maths and a science, technology or engineering subject.

Training providers may ask you to take an aptitude test.

Adult Opportunities

Age limits

It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.

Courses

The Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI) Limited provides the industry's education and skills training courses. These are usually in the form of short, attended courses, lasting one or two days. City & Guilds offers a qualification in Digital Television Aerial Installation.

Statistics

  • 24% of people in occupations such as television aerial installation engineer are self-employed.

Further Information

Professional institutionsProfessional institutions have the following roles:

  • To support their members.
  • To protect the public by keeping standards high in their professions.

For more information on the institution(s) relevant to this career, check out the contacts below.

Apprenticeships: Get In. Go Far

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Tel: 0800 015 0400

Email: nationalhelpdesk@findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk

Website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk

Skills Development Scotland - Modern Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 9178000

Email: info@skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Website: www.myworldofwork.co.uk/modernapprenticeships

Semta

Skills for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Address: 14 Upton Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0JT

Tel: 0845 6439001

Email: customerservices@semta.org.uk

Website: www.semta.org.uk

The Engineer

Engineering technology news

Email: customerservices@theengineer.co.uk

Website: www.theengineer.co.uk

Tomorrow's Engineers

Publisher: EngineeringUK and Royal Academy of Engineering

Email: contactus@tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

Website: www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk

CITB-ConstructionSkills

Skills for the construction industry

Address: Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6RH

Website: www.cskills.org

CITB NI

Northern Ireland Enquiries

Address: Nutts Corner Training Centre, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, County Antrim BT29 4SR

Tel: 028 9082 5466

Email: info@citbcsni.org.uk

Website: www.citbcsni.org.uk

Construction Employers Federation (CEF)

Irish enquiries

Address: 143 Malone Road, Belfast BT9 6SU

Tel: 028 9087 7143

Email: mail@cefni.co.uk

Website: www.cefni.co.uk

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)

Address: Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6RH

Tel: 0844 5768777

Website: www.cscs.uk.com

bConstructive

Publisher: CITB-ConstructionSkills

Tel: 0344 994 4010

Email: myapprenticeship@citb.co.uk

Website: www.bconstructive.co.uk

Engineer Jobs

Publisher: Venture Marketing Group

Email: ner@vmgl.com

Website: www.engineerjobs.co.uk

Scottish Engineering

Scottish enquiries

Address: 105 West George Street, Glasgow G2 1QL

Tel: 0141 2213181

Email: consult@scottishengineering.org.uk

Website: www.scottishengineering.org.uk

Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd (CAI)

Address: Communications House, 41a Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire WD18 0PN

Tel: 01923 803030

Email: office@cai.org.uk

Website: www.cai.org.uk

Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships

Tel: 0800 028 4844

Website: ams.careerswales.com/

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