Installs and repairs telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
This career is part of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication 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.
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