Combination Technician, Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician), Lineman, Service Technician
In the Air Force:
Cable and Antenna Systems; Cable and Antenna Systems Apprentice; Cable and Antenna Systems Craftsman; Cable and Antenna Systems Helper; Cable and Antenna Systems Journeyman; Electrical Systems; Electrical Systems Apprentice; Electrical Systems Craftsman; Electrical Systems Helper; Electrical Systems Journeyman
In the Army:
Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer; Electronic Missile Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer; Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer; Signal Support Systems Specialist
In the Marine Corps:
Air Traffic Control Communications Technician; Air Traffic Control Radar Technician; Aviation Communication Systems Technician; Aviation Radar Repairer; Cyberspace Defensive Operator; Cyberspace Operations Chief; Electrician; Network Chief; Network Transport Technician; Satellite Transmissions System Operator; Tactical Air Operations/Air Defense Systems Technician
In the Navy:
Construction Electrician; Interior Communication Technician
Electricity… telephone… cable TV… Internet... the communication lines that support access to these modern essentials are in constant use. Line installers and repairers maintain the power systems and cables needed to keep access flowing. The power grid is the network of power lines that moves electricity from generating plants to customers. Electrical power-line installers and repairers install and maintain the power grid. Telecommunications line installers and repairers work on the lines and cables used by network communications companies. Line installers dig underground trenches and erect poles and towers to install new cable. They use construction equipment, such as trucks equipped with augers and cranes, to dig holes and set poles in place. Line repairers replace old equipment and maintain existing lines. The work can be physically demanding. Work is often performed at great heights or in confined spaces, and outdoors under challenging weather conditions. Workers need good balance, and the strength to climb utility poles and transmission towers. Line workers maintain strict safety procedures, as they encounter hazards such as falls, high-voltages or dangerous gases, which make the occupation among the most dangerous. Although most work regular full-time business hours, some must work evenings and weekends. Some workers travel to maintain a large region. In emergencies workers may have to work long hours for several days in a row. Most entry level positions require a high school diploma or equivalent; line installers and repairers receive long-term on-the-job training to become fully proficient.
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.
Arts and Humanities
Safety and Government
public safety and security
talking to others
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
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:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Electronic mail software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Workforce management system software
high school diploma/GED or certificate after high school usually needed
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.