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Tower Technician Course Created to Meet Growing Workforce Needs
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Tower Technician Course Created to Meet Growing Workforce Needs

The tower industry is rapidly growing, and so is the need for a trained, skilled workforce.

Aiken Technical College has partnered with Warriors 4 Wireless and Safety LMS to offer a 12-day certified tower technician course regularly to help meet this growing need.

 “Tower companies need to hire people with the skills to work safely and effectively,” said Dr. Steven Simmons, Dean of Technical and Continuing Education. “This program provides students with the opportunity to earn several industry-recognized certifications and experience climbing cell towers.”

During the course, students participate in classroom lectures and gain practical experience by climbing the College’s 90-foot tall towers. They will also earn several industry-recognized credentials such as OSHA 10, First Aid CPR, and Competent Climber.

“There are certain things we need to learn from this class, but the great thing is Joey (Morrissette) has worked in the industry and has all this knowledge he is adding to the class. He’s sharing extra knowledge that will help us in the long run,” said Amber Perez of Tampa, Fla. of Morrissette who serves as an instructor for the course.

Perez had recently served in the U.S. Army and was looking into career options. Her brother, who has been in the tower industry for eight years, suggested becoming a tower technician.

“He told me, ‘go to school, get your certifications.’ It’s a good industry for a job because technology keeps advancing. You’ll always have a job if you do your job,” she said, recalling the conversation she had with her brother.

The life of a tower technician also requires a lot of traveling, something that she found interesting.

“I traveled a lot in the Army, and I miss it,” she said. “I got to see cool stuff and meet different people, experience different cultures—I love that. So I’m looking forward to this,” she said.

The College also works with its partners to align students with job opportunities, said Simmons.

The support students and course graduates receive has been impressive, said Dakota Walker of Wathena, Kan.

“They help us get into the program and get training, but they also go above and beyond to help with job placement,” said Walker, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps. “They’ve taken our resumes and sent them out to pretty much anyone who works in the telecommunications industry near where we live. All of us have had multiple companies reach out to us.”

College currently awards Pathways funding to eligible students enrolling in the course, which covers 100 percent of the tuition and fees related to the course. Students may also use VA funding to cover course costs, said Simmons.

To be considered for the course, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED (documentation will be required).
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be physically able to carry a body harness weighing 70 pounds.
  • Be committed to completing the program.

For more information or to apply for the certified tower technician course, contact Kendall Carter at carterk@atc.edu.

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