TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Telecommunications includes occupations involved in the interaction between computer and communications equipment. Includes workers who install or repair data, graphics, video and digital equipment.

CAREER DETAILS

Description:
Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

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.

*Additional tasks may be needed for this career.

Average Salary:
$34,550 – $79,140

Description:
Install, set up, rearrange, or remove switching, distribution, routing, and dialing equipment used in central offices or headends. Service or repair telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications equipment on customers’ property. May install communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings.

Tasks:

  • Demonstrate equipment to customers and explain how it is to be used, and respond to any inquiries or complaints.
  • Test circuits and components of malfunctioning telecommunications equipment to isolate sources of malfunctions, using test meters, circuit diagrams, polarity probes, and other hand tools.
  • Test repaired, newly installed, or updated equipment to ensure that it functions properly and conforms to specifications, using test equipment and observation.
  • Climb poles and ladders, use truck-mounted booms, and enter areas such as manholes and cable vaults to install, maintain, or inspect equipment.
  • Assemble and install communication equipment such as data and telephone communication lines, wiring, switching equipment, wiring frames, power apparatus, computer systems, and networks.

*Additional tasks may be needed for this career.

Average Salary:
$34,630 – $80,630

Description:
Design or configure wired, wireless, and satellite communications systems for voice, video, and data services. Supervise installation, service, and maintenance.

Tasks:

  • Consult with users, administrators, and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology purchases.
  • Implement system renovation projects in collaboration with technical staff, engineering consultants, installers, and vendors.
  • Keep abreast of changes in industry practices and emerging telecommunications technology by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
  • Review and evaluate requests from engineers, managers, and technicians for system modifications.
  • Assess existing facilities’ needs for new or modified telecommunications systems.

*Additional tasks may be needed for this career.

Average Salary:
$74,860 – $188,130

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