Antenna Tower Technician, Associate - 34626 in Norfolk, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 11/27/2020

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Job Description

Position Summary:

The NCTE/ACC Installation Tower Technician is responsible for the installation of NCTE/ACC equipment at host sites throughout the United States and selected international locations, according to pre-determined configurations and plans.  The Tower Technician Team will focus primarily on tower and structure work including associated antenna/line work on towers and structures but will also support the other installation crews when no tower or structure work is scheduled.  The installation tower technician will be required to interpret Installation Design Plans (CAD drawings) and implement the installation according to those plans, making local modifications where required and appropriate.  Additionally, the Installation Tower Technician will ensure that NCTE/ACC installations are completed in a timely, consistent, high quality, and professional manner.  This is a hands on position; the Installation Tower Technician is expected to work alongside other installation technicians to complete all tasking on time, and assist in running and terminating transmission lines. Finally, the Installation Tower Technician must ensure that all installations are completed in accordance with relevant Navy instructions and security directives. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively communicate with and take direction from the NCTE/ACC Installation Tower Technician Lead.
  • Participate actively in daily Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), site walkthrough, and safety briefings onsite.  If more than one site is visited in a day, repeat this process at each site.
  • Assist in monitoring and managing NCTE/ACC installation equipment.
  • Interpret drawing and designs and conduct NCTE/ACC installations at remote sites to include antenna, mount, and transmission line installations/replacements/removals and assist in transmission line sweep testing.  When not engaged in tower work, assist other install teams with rack/network/computer equipment installation, power connection, and cable fabrication, as assigned by the NSWC Installation Lead.  Where required, modify planned installations to meet site specific requirements based upon understanding of tower industry and IT system principles. 
  • Assist in conducting System Operational Verification Testing (SOVT) and quality control testing for completed installations.
  • Assist in managing return shipment of retrograde NCTE/ACC Equipment and tools to NCTE/ACC Warehouse, in collaboration with NCTE/ACC Logisticians.
  • Assist in revising Installation Design Plan drawings to reflect minor changes made during actual construction (i.e., provide as-built information to NCTE/ACC Draftsman).
  • All other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • 4-6 years of tower climbing and antenna/line work experience, along with experience in tower modifications, grounding and lightning protection installation; other tower site construction experience strongly preferred as well.
  • 2 years of experience performing complex Information Technology (IT) system installations, to include network installation, strongly preferred.
  • 2 years of installation experience within a military or government context (can be concurrent with numbers 2 and/or 3 above).
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data
  • Experience with conducting IT system installations in classified environments preferred.
  • Experience with Protected Distribution System installation is a significant benefit.
  • Familiarity with US Navy EKMS devices is a significant benefit.
  • OSHA10-hr construction course minimum required; can be completed after hire
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified.
  • Authorized or competent climber and authorized or competent rescuer certified.  NWSA preferred.
  • Forklift and aerial lifts (manlifts) operator certified.
  • Transmission line sweeping and microwave pathing experience strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Ability to read, understand, and implement tower/antenna structure antenna/line systems and IT system installations based upon engineering level Installation Design Plan drawings.
  • Understanding of towers and antenna structures, specifically related to antenna/line systems required to support IT installations. This position also includes working with the concepts of electrical grounding, heat/power conversion, and IT system cooling principles and best practices when not engaged in tower work.
  • Understanding of grounding and lightning protection systems/applications for tower and antenna structure sites.
  • Ability to correctly and successfully terminate fiber optic cable and copper Category 6 Ethernet cables.
  • Knowledge of US Government TEMPEST regulations preferred.
  • Knowledge of SECNAV INST M5510.36 preferred.
  • Familiarity with SPAWAR Shore Installation Process Handbook preferred.
  • Knowledge of IT network installations, to include network design concepts, is a significant benefit.
  • Excellent computer skills are an absolute must for emails, drawings, reports, documentation, etc.
  • Ability to lift 50+ pounds, and work on ladders.
  • Ability to travel extensively; 50-75% travel.
  • Motivation and enthusiasm to perform jobs safe, timely, and professional manner. Must be fit and in good physical condition.


  • Must be a US Citizen, able to obtain a Secret security clearance.


Security Clearance: Secret

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