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Telecommunications Line Installer/Repairer

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers Career Video

About This Career

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 installs terminal boxes, auxiliary equipment, or appliances, using bucket trucks, climbing poles or ladders, or entering tunnels, trenches, or crawl spaces.
  • Strings cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches, and pulls lines to proper tension.
  • Cleans or maintains tools or test equipment.
  • 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.

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 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
  • 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
  • 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 standing 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

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cable Splicer — Splices overhead, underground, or submarine multiple-conductor cables used in telephone and telegraph communication and electric-power transmission systems.
  • Cable Technician
  • Combination Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Installation and Repair Technician (I and R Technician)
  • Installer
  • Lineman — Installs and maintains networks of lines and cables that provide electricity.
  • Outside Plant Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Cable Television Technician (Cable TV Tech)


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