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Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers

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Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

    Work Activities
    • Set up service for customers, installing, connecting, testing, or adjusting equipment.
    • Explain cable service to subscribers after installation and collect any installation fees that are due.
    • 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.
    • Place insulation over conductors or seal splices with moisture-proof covering.
    • Clean or maintain tools or test equipment.
    • String cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pull lines to proper tension.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Pull cable through ducts by hand or with winches.
    • Use a variety of construction equipment to complete installations, such as digger derricks, trenchers, or cable plows.
    • Dig trenches for underground wires or cables.
    • Fill and tamp holes, using cement, earth, and tamping devices.
    • Participate in the construction or removal of telecommunication towers or associated support structures.
    • Dig holes for power poles, using power augers or shovels, set poles in place with cranes, and hoist poles upright, using winches.
    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • 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.

    • 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.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $42,540/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $20.45/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 3,390
    • Yearly Projected Openings 330
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
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