How to Become a Satellite Installer

Written by scott larkin
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Professional satellite dish installers make a yearly salary in the range of £16,250 to £32,500 and are often employed by major satellite dish companies such as DirecTV, The Dish Network and Sky Installer. In order to become a professional satellite dish installer you must first become acquainted with the satellite dish industry as well as the entertainment technology industry. That includes receiving the proper knowledge and training, purchasing necessary equipment, and keeping up-to-date on the latest trends of satellite dish technology.

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    As a professional satellite dish installer, you will need to have extensive knowledge about consumer and entertainment electronics. Customers will want advice about which high definition televisions work best with their new satellite equipment. Also, many consumer electronics retailers have long-standing partnerships with satellite service providers. Search for a part-time position in a consumer electronics store in order to learn more information about the products and their relationship to satellite equipment and service.

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    Before any satellite service provider or retailer will hire you to install their products, you will need to know a great deal of information about how to install satellite dishes. The best way to accomplish this is to form an apprenticeship with an already established satellite installer. Many local satellite installation companies will happily provide you with a non-paying apprenticeship to one of their top installers. However, if you can not find a local satellite installation company willing to give you an apprenticeship follow the next step.

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    Apply to a major satellite service provider's “on the job” training program. In the past, service providers such as DirecTV and The Dish Network have offered “on the job” training for inexperienced installers. At the very least, you may be able to procure an entry-level job with the company that will afford you the opportunity to learn the business from a different perspective. Remember, everybody needs to start somewhere.

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    This step is void if you have been hired by a major satellite installation company, but if you decide to venture out on your own then you will need the necessary tools for the job. Tools that include: a truck or van, a full set of power tools and hand tools (preferably a 204 piece set), satellite dish installation equipment that includes dishes from various companies as well as the pieces needed to install them (diplexers, F56 and barrel connectors, coaxial cable, speaker wire, and multi-switches).

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    Now that you have gained sufficient knowledge in regards to satellite dish installation and you own your own equipment, begin to apply for positions with various satellite dish service providers. Remember, put your best foot forward. Draft a resume and cover letter that best expound on your qualifications for the position.

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    If your job search fails and you decide to go into business for yourself you will need to build a reliable and loyal client-base. Partner with local “mom and pop” consumer electronics retailers. More often than not, they will be able to assist you in the promotion and growth of your new business. However, you may need to keep satellite dish installation as a side job at first. Growing an upstart business can take years and is not guaranteed success.

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