Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.Number of Jobs in 2010: 694
Number of Jobs in 2020: 762
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 9.8
Annual Openings: 20
Entry Wage: $14.81
Median Wage: $21.05
Education Requirement: High school diploma or equivalent
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- 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.
Indivduals currently working as Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers
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* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013