Telecommunications Line Installers & Repairers

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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:

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Cloud-based data access and sharing software

  • Slack Hot Technology

Spreadsheet software

  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


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

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