Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

Description

Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

Tasks

  • Travel to customers' premises to install, maintain, or repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment or accessories.
  • Inspect or test lines or cables, recording and analyzing test results, to assess transmission characteristics and locate faults or malfunctions.
  • Splice cables, using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment.
  • Measure signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment.
  • Set up service for customers, installing, connecting, testing, or adjusting equipment.
  • Place insulation over conductors or seal splices with moisture-proof covering.
  • Access 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.
  • String cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pull lines to proper tension.
  • Install equipment such as amplifiers or repeaters to maintain the strength of communications transmissions.
  • Lay underground cable directly in trenches or string it through conduits running through trenches.
  • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks; then pull lines through ducts by hand or with winches.
  • Clean or maintain tools or test equipment.
  • Explain cable service to subscribers after installation and collect any installation fees that are due.
  • Compute impedance of wires from poles to houses to determine additional resistance needed for reducing signals to desired levels.
  • Use a variety of construction equipment to complete installations, such as digger derricks, trenchers, or cable plows.
  • Dig trenches for underground wires or cables.
  • Dig holes for power poles, using power augers or shovels, set poles in place with cranes, and hoist poles upright, using winches.
  • Fill and tamp holes, using cement, earth, and tamping devices.
  • Participate in the construction or removal of telecommunication towers or associated support structures.

Knowledge

Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Biology
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Aerial Installer
Block Cableman
Broadband Technician
Cable Crew Backhoe Operator
Cable Inspector
Cable Installer
Cable Layer
Cable Maintenance Splicer
Cable Mechanic
Cable Repairer
Cable Splicer
Cable Splicer Apprentice
Cable Splicer Assistant
Cable Technician
Cable Television Installer (Cable TV Installer)
Cable Television Technician (Cable TV Tech)
Cable Television Technician (CATV Technician)
Cable Tester
Cable Wirer
Cableman
Climber
Combination Man
Combination Technician
Conduit Installer
Conduit Mechanic
Conduit Worker
Construction Lineman
Construction Person
Construction Technician
Construction Worker
Extrusion Machine Operator
Fiber Optic Splicer
Fiber Optic Technician
Fiber Technician
Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician)
Installation and Service Technician
Installer
Jointer
Journeyman Lineman
Line Inspector
Line Installer
Line Installer Apprentice
Line Installer-Repairer
Line Maintenance
Line Mechanic
Line Tester
Lineman
Lineman Apprentice
Maintenance Splicer
Network Cable Installer
Outside Plant Technician
Patrolman
Phone Technician
Power Line Installer and Repairer
Preventive Maintenance Technician
Reel Cart Operator
Reel Man
Reel Worker
Repairman
Service Technician
Splicer
Splicing Technician
Submarine Cable Equipment Technician
Telecommunication Lines Repairer
Telegraph Lineman
Telephone and Cable Television Installation and Repair Technician
Telephone Cable Splicer
Telephone Lineman
Telephone Lines Repairer
Telephone Technician (Phone Technician)
Television Cable Installer
Toll Line Mechanic
Toll Lineman
Toll Patrolman
Utility Locator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$24.72 hourly, $51,410 annual.
Employment (2008):
133,040 employees