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Satellite engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Satellite systems technician

Satellite engineers install and repair telecoms equipment and satellite systems.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

on call occasionally

How to become

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How to become Satellite engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses run by professional bodies


You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills you need in this job. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Electrical Installation
  • Level 3 Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could get started by doing an electrical and electronic service and installation engineer advanced apprenticeship or a space engineering technician higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Direct Application

You can apply directly to installation companies if you have experience or qualifications from roles like:

  • telecommunications
  • electronic or electrical engineering
  • electrical equipment servicing

Other Routes

You can do short introductory courses in basic satellite and aerial installation through the Confederation of Aerial Industries.

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Further information

You can find out more about how to become a satellite engineer from the Confederation of Aerial Industries and Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll usually need a driving licence to travel from job to job.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • survey a site to plan a job
  • work out where cabling networks will go
  • install and fix aerials or satellite dishes
  • check signal strength
  • test equipment and fix faults
  • calculate quotes to install new systems

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be at height and outdoors some of the time.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With further training and experience, you could plan and design telecommunications systems, or set up your own business installing satellite dishes and equipment.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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