Telecommunications Line Installer/Repairer  What They Do

Just the Facts


Installs and repairs telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Telecommunications pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Sets up service for customers, installing, connecting, testing, or adjusting equipment.
  • Travels to customers' premises to install, maintain, or repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment or accessories.
  • Measures signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment.
  • Inspects or tests lines or cables, recording and analyzing test results, to assess transmission characteristics and locate faults or malfunctions.
  • Splices cables, using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment.
  • Accesses specific areas to string lines or install terminal boxes, auxiliary equipment, or appliances, using bucket trucks, or by climbing poles or ladders, or entering tunnels, trenches, or crawl spaces.
  • Cleans or maintains tools or test equipment.
  • Strings cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pulls lines to proper tension.
  • Pulls up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
  • Lays underground cable directly in trenches or strings it through conduits running through trenches.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupations requires climbing things such as ladders, scaffold, and poles more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

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