Southeast Technical College’s Teleconstruction diploma program prepares students for careers as Tower Technicians and in supporting fields. Tower Technicians play a vital role in forwarding wireless telecommunications technology and developing 5G infrastructure.
Basic rigging, fall protection, safety, fiber optics, wireless technology, cell components, antenna basics, principles of electricity and spectrum management are taught in hybrid format with classroom, hands-on training and online components.
Choose Your Pathway
STC's Teleconstruction diploma offers students their choice of three curriculum modules, allowing students to choose a specialized set of skills in an area of interest.
Construction Management: Learn the basics of construction practices and equipment handling, as well as blueprint reading, risk management and safety procedures.
Electrician: Become versed in the principles affecting the transmission of electrical current through conductive media, as well as AC and DC electricity, safety, blueprints and schematics.
Mechatronics: Develop a foundational knowledge of electronics and electrical components by learning basics like AC/DC voltage, current, resistance, frequency, analog signals, electronic components, safety, wire and cabling specifications, voltage sources, current properties and component characteristics.
Continue Your Education
Students wishing to continue their education are eligible to earn their Associate in Applied Science in Mechatronics, Construction Management or Electrician, depending on the module chosen for the diploma program.
Tower Technicians find employment with major cellular carriers, utilities and wind energy companies. Many positions start between $17 and $20 per hour. Often, there is an opportunity for rapid advancement if desired.
According to the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE), South Dakota could hire an additional 440 technicians in the next five years.
Southeast Tech's curriculum for the Teleconstruction diploma includes courses in wireless site operations and site safety practices and procedures.