Satellite Engineer

Job Description:

Satellite engineers install and repair telecoms equipment and satellite systems.

Job Category:

What you will do:

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


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
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Entry Requirements:

To become a Satellite Engineer, you typically need a strong educational background in relevant subjects, along with advanced degrees for more specialised roles. Here are some subjects that can be beneficial:

  1. Mathematics (Maths): A strong foundation in mathematics is crucial for engineering. It’s important for solving complex problems related to satellite design, orbits, and signal processing.
  2. Physics: Understanding the principles of physics is essential for satellite engineering. This subject covers topics related to satellite motion, electromagnetism, and wave theory.
  3. Computer Science or Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Satellites heavily rely on computer systems for their operation.
  4. Design and Technology or Engineering: These subjects can introduce you to the basics of engineering, design principles, and materials used in satellite construction.
  5. Electronics: Understanding electronics is crucial for satellite systems, as they involve a variety of electronic components and circuits.

Post School

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:

  • Diploma in Electrical Installation
  • Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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

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 organisations such as the Confederation of Aerial Industries (in the UK).

Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll usually need a driving licence to travel from job to job.

Working Hours and 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 & Progression:

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