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Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
District Of Columbia

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Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

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Currently Employed: 310

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.69 - $31.68

Typical Annual Salary: $36,800 - $65,900

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Long-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • String cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pull lines to proper tension.
  • Clean or maintain tools or test equipment.

tools & technology

  • Cable reels
  • Shears
  • Signal generators
  • Stripping tools
  • Trenching machines

  • Customer relationship management CRM software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Internet browser software
  • Office suite software
  • Transaction security and virus protection software

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