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Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
SOC Code: 49-9052.00

Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

Sample of reported job titles: Cable Splicer, Cable Technician, Cable Television Technician (CATV Technician), Combination Technician, Field Service Technician, Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician), Installer, Lineman, Outside Plant Technician, Service Technician

Tasks

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

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Electronic mail software - Email software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - Workforce management system software
  • Facilities management software - Mapcom systems M4
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Cisco IOS
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Transaction security and virus protection software - Ping tools
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Articulating boom lift - Bucket trucks
  • Banders - Cable tie guns
  • Boring machines - Borers
  • Cable reels - Cable trees; Motorized cable reels
  • Card key lock - Card access devices
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Derricks - Digger derricks
  • Diagonal cut pliers - Dikes
  • Dollies - Power dollies
  • Electrical power sensors - Cable locators
  • Electronic measuring probes - Probe picks
  • Extension pole - Gopher poles
  • Fish tape - Fish tapes
  • Hacksaw - Hacksaws
  • Hex keys - Hex sets
  • Ladders - Extension ladders
  • Leak testing equipment - Signal leakage detectors
  • Level meter - Signal level meters
  • Levels - Bubble levels; Torpedo levels
  • Light bulb changer - Lamp extractors
  • Locking pliers - Channel lock pliers
  • Longnose pliers
  • Metal cutters - Sheet metal cutters
  • Multimeters - Digital multimeters
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Network routers - Computer network routers
  • Network switches - Local area network LAN switches
  • Non contact sensors - Intelligent field devices
  • Notebook computers - Laptop computers
  • Ohmmeters - Volt-ohm meters VOM
  • Power buffers - Polishing pucks
  • Power drills - Cordless drills
  • Power meters - Digital power meters
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Punchdown tools
  • Reflectometers - Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Resin guns - Syringes
  • Saws - Drywall saws
  • Screwdrivers - Flathead screwdrivers; Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Security cameras - Coaxial security cameras; IP security cameras
  • Shears - Cable slitters; Duct knives
  • Sheaves or pulleys - Cable sheaves
  • Signal generators - Tone generators; Tone sets; Tone tracers
  • Soldering iron - Soldering irons
  • Specialty wrenches - Can wrenches
  • Staple guns - Strap guns
  • Stripping tools - Buffer strippers; Cable jacket strippers; Cable strippers; Sheath removal tools (see all 5 examples)
  • Tampers
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Tow trucks - Winch trucks
  • Trenching machines - Cable plows; Trenchers
  • Two way radios
  • Videoscopes - Inspection scopes
  • Winches - Power winches
  • Wire cutters - Electricians' snips
  • Wire lug crimping tool - Combo crimping tools; Wire lug crimping tools
  • Wire or cable cutter - Cable cutters
  • Wire wrapping tool - Wire wrap guns
  • WLAN wireless access network equipment and components - Wireless access points WAP

Knowledge

  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Abilities

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Interests

  • Interest code: RE
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 81% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 87% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 67% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Time Pressure - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 53% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 78% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 47% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 52% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 43% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 54% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 47% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 47% responded “40 hours.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 34% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 37% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 31% responded “Very important results.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 42% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 30% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 45% responded “Very important.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 31% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 33% responded “Very important.”
  • Physical Proximity - 51% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 30% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 29% responded “Every day.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Consequence of Error - 34% responded “Very serious.”
  • Level of Competition - 40% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Electronic Mail - 40% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 35% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 33% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 26% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles - 44% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Letters and Memos - 32% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 28% responded “Every day.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
60%High school diploma or equivalent
14%Post-secondary certificate
13%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • 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.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $26.47 hourly, $55,060 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 106,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Slower than average (2% to 4%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 10,700

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