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Telecommunications Line Installers & Repairers

Also called: Combination Technician, Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician), Lineman, Service Technician

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What they do:
Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • telecommunications
  • multimedia
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • 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


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Enterprise resource planning ERP software Hot Technology
  • Workforce management system software
Contact center software
  • Avaya software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

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