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Schools with Satellite Installation Programs: How to Choose

Satellite service installers are individuals responsible for installing antennas and satellite dishes on a customer's property. To prepare for work in this field, prospective satellite installers can complete undergraduate programs in electronics technology and related fields. To learn more about these programs and the types of institutions that offer them, read on.

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Programs focusing specifically on satellite service installation are quite rare. However, students can pursue a certificate in electronics telecommunications or an associate's degree in electronics technology to receive training in satellite installation and repair.

Schools with Electronics Technology Programs

This list of colleges identifies some schools offering electronics technology programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $5,171; Out-of-state $11,009
College of Marin Kentfield, CA 2-year, Public Program In-state $1,488; Out-of-state $9,258
St. Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $3,090; In-state $4,470; Out-of-state $6,150
Laredo Community College Laredo, TX 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $3,410; In-state $4,610; Out-of-state $5,858
Southwest Tennessee Community College Memphis, TN 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $3,963; Out-of-state $15,363
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $3,569; Out-of-state $11,337
San Diego City College San Diego, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,142; Out-of-state $4,670
Virginia Western Community College Roanoke, VA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,713; Out-of-state $10,551
Erie Community College Buffalo, NY 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $5,189; Out-of-state $9,784

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); School websites

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School Selection Criteria

These are some important considerations when selecting a satellite installation program.

  • Curriculum that includes satellite dish technology, signal transmission, integrated systems and satellite receivers which would benefit satellite installers.
  • Practical experience such as real-world practice or internship opportunities.
  • Certification through organizations such as the Electronics Technicians Association (ETA International) that could bolster an individual's professional qualifications and lead to additional employment opportunities.
  • An associate's degree can be applied towards a bachelor's degree.

Certificate or Diploma in Electronics Telecommunication

Certificate programs in electronics telecommunication can be completed in two or three semesters. Basic coursework in AC and DC circuits, computer systems and electronic communication systems are commonly included. Students may explore subjects such as telecommunication reception and transmission, as well as installation techniques. Programs in electronics technology commonly combine electronic and computer courses.

Associate Degree in Electronics Technology

Associate degree programs can be completed in two years and commonly include general education courses, which students may transfer to bachelor's degree programs. Internship experiences may be available at this level.

It is possible to pursue a career in satellite installation by completing a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree in electronics technology. These programs will cover a wide range of skills beyond satellite installation, and should provide graduates with additional career options.

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