In the Air Force:
Cable and Antenna Systems; Cable and Antenna Systems Journeyman; Client Systems Journeyman; Cyber Transport Systems Craftsman; Cyber Transport Systems Journeyman, Data Links; Missile And Space Facilities Helper; Missile And Space Systems Maintenance Helper; RF Transmission Systems Craftsman; Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems (RAWS) Craftsman; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice
In the Army:
Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer; Combat Engineer; Computer/Detection Systems Repairer; Field Artillery (FA) Firefinder Radar Operator; Joint Fire Support Specialist; Military Police; Network Management Technician; Radio Equipment Repairer; Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer; Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Maintenance Support Specialist
In the Marine Corps:
Air Traffic Control Communications Technician; Aircraft Communications/Navigation Systems Technician, KC-130; Aviation Radar Repairer; Basic Ground Electronics Maintenance Marine; Digital Wideband Systems Maintainer; Field Artillery Radar Operator; Fire Support Marine; Ground Electronics Transmission Systems Maintainer; Network Administrator; Tactical Air Operations/Air Defense Systems Technician
In the Navy:
AN/STC-3(V) Integrated Voice Communications System (IVCS) Maintenance Technician; Advanced Integrated Voice Communication Network (IVCN) Maintenance Technician; Cryptologic Technician Maintenance; Electronics Technician; Electronics Technician, Submarine, Navigation; Fire Controlman; Fire Controlman (AEGIS); Information Systems Technician Submarines; Interior Communication Administrator; Interior Communications Electrician
On a daily basis, businesses and individuals send and receive vast amounts of data through online communications. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers install and service this equipment. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers— also called telecom technicians— set up and maintain equipment that carries communications signals, connects to telephone lines, and accesses the Internet. They also demonstrate and explain the use of equipment to customers and keep records of jobs they’ve completed. Job tasks for these technicians vary depending on their specialization: Central office technicians maintain switches, routers, fiber optic cable, and other equipment at switching hubs, called central offices. “Headend” technicians work at distribution centers for cable and television companies. They monitor cable network signals and maintain networking equipment to ensure proper transmission. Station installers and repairers set up telecommunications equipment in homes and businesses, and troubleshoot equipment problems if they come up. Most telecom technicians work full time. At companies that provide services 24/7, shift work is typical, and may include evenings, holidays, and weekends— with some workers on call around the clock. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers typically need technical training in electronics, telecommunications, or computer technology. Courses are usually offered at community colleges and technical schools. For some positions, industry certification is helpful. Once hired, telecom technicians receive on-the-job training.
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:
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.
Engineering and Technology
computers and electronics
Arts and Humanities
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
Hand and Finger Use
keep your arm or hand steady
hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
see hidden patterns
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
Fluke ClearSight Analyzer
Fluke Networks TechAdvisor Field Access System
Expert system software
Fluke Networks Fluke TechEXPERT
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
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