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Telecommunications Equipment Installers & Repairers

Also called: Central Office Technician, Install / Repair Technician, Service Technician, Installer

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Note differences in wire and cable colors so that work can be performed correctly.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Communications
  • telecommunications
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words

Personality

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
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

Examples of the technology used in this career will be available soon.

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$54,530
per year, on average
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