Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
SOC: 49-9052.00

Description:

Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
118,000 employed

Projected (2024):
118,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Aerial Installer
  • Block Cableman
  • Broadband Technician
  • Cable Inspector
  • Cable Installer
  • Cable Layer
  • Cable Mechanic
  • Cable Repairer
  • Cable Splicer
  • Cable Systems Installer
  • 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
  • Customer Service Technician
  • Fiber Optic Splicer
  • Fiber Optic Technician
  • Fiber Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • FIOS Line Installer
  • Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician)
  • Installer
  • Installer Technician
  • Jointer
  • Line Inspector
  • Line Installer
  • Line Installer-Repairer
  • Line Lead
  • Line Maintenance
  • Line Mechanic
  • Line Tester
  • Lineman
  • Network Cable Installer
  • Network Cabler
  • Outside Plant Technician
  • Power Line Installer and Repairer
  • Reel Cart Operator
  • Reel Man
  • Reel Worker
  • Service Technician
  • Splicer
  • Splicing Technician
  • Submarine Cable Equipment Technician
  • Telecommunication Lines Repairer
  • Telecommunications Line Installer
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Telegraph Lineman
  • Telephone Lineman
  • Telephone Lines Repairer
  • Telephone Lineworker
  • Telephone Technician (Phone Technician)
  • Television Cable Installer
  • Television Installer
  • Toll Line Mechanic
  • Toll Lineman
  • Toll Patrolman
  • Utility Locator
  • Utility Technician
  • Wire Splicer
  • Wire Stretcher


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
  • Pull cable through ducts by hand or with winches.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Borers
  • Bubble levels
  • Bucket trucks
  • Buffer strippers
  • Cable cutters
  • Cable jacket strippers
  • Cable locators
  • Cable plows
  • Cable sheaves
  • Cable slitters
  • Cable strippers
  • Cable tie guns
  • Cable trees
  • Can wrenches
  • Channel lock pliers
  • Claw hammers
  • Combo crimping tools
  • Cordless drills
  • Digger derricks
  • Digital multimeters
  • Digital power meters
  • Dikes
  • Drywall saws
  • Duct knives
  • Electricians' snips
  • Extension ladders
  • Fiber scribes
  • Fish tapes
  • Flathead screwdrivers
  • Gopher poles
  • Hacksaws
  • Hex sets
  • Inspection scopes
  • Intelligent field devices
  • Lamp extractors
  • Laptop computers
  • Longnose pliers
  • Measuring tapes
  • Motorized cable reels
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Polishing pucks
  • Probe picks
  • Punchdown tools
  • Sheath removal tools
  • Sheet metal cutters
  • Signal leakage detectors
  • Signal level meters
  • Soldering irons
  • Staple guns
  • Strap guns
  • Syringes
  • Tampers
  • Tone generators
  • Tone sets
  • Tone tracers
  • Torpedo levels
  • Trenchers
  • Two way radios
  • Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Winch trucks
  • Wire lug crimping tools
  • Wire wrap guns
  • Avaya software
  • Cisco IOS
  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Ping tools
  • Web browser software
  • Workforce management system software


  • installation maintenance and repair


    industry stats

    SOC: 49-0000

    Total Employed: 5,374,150

    Average Annual Salary: $45,990