Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

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Also known as:  Cable Television Installer, Fiber Optic Technician, FIOS Line Installer, Telecommunication Lines Repairer, Telecommunications Line Installer, Telephone Cable Splicer, Telephone Lines Repairer, Telephone Lineworker

ABOUT TELECOMMUNICATIONS LINE INSTALLER OR REPAIRER CAREERS

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Every day we pick up the phone, or turn on the television set and expect to have perfect service 24 hours per day. These services come to you through a system of wires and cables, which telephone and cable TV installers and repairers construct and maintain.

Line installers place cable or pho ...
ne lines underground, or on poles or towers. They also connect wiring inside your home or office, making sure the signal reaches your phone or television set. They may splice wires to connect them, or install fiber optic cable to replace worn or obsolete cables.

Repair workers handle service calls when there has been an interruption in service. They travel to a customer's home or business and trouble-shoot where the technical failure has occurred.

Training for both types of work is largely provided on-the-job, with the best prospects being at large phone and cable companies. Due to deregulation and the expansion of cable and other telecommunication services, this field should expand, as the public demands the latest electronic pipeline be made available to them.
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Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
Leadership
HIGH
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
HIGH
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
LOW
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
LOW
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
HIGH
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
MED
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DAILY TASKS Expand
Install equipment such as amplifiers or repeaters to maintain the strength of communications transmissions.
Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks; then pull lines through ducts by hand or with winches.
Place insulation over conductors or seal splices with moisture-proof covering.
Lay underground cable directly in trenches or string it through conduits running through trenches.
String cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pull lines to proper tension.
Clean or maintain tools or test equipment.
Travel to customers' premises to install, maintain, or repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment or accessories.
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.
Set up service for customers, installing, connecting, testing, or adjusting equipment.
Splice cables, using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment.
Inspect or test lines or cables, recording and analyzing test results, to assess transmission characteristics and locate faults or malfunctions.
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Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
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Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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