Telecommunications line and cable workers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 7245

Telecommunications line and cable workers install, repair and maintain telecommunication lines and cables. They are employed by cable television companies and by telephone and other telecommunications services.

Job Duties for Telecommunications line and cable workers

  • Install, remove, maintain and repair aerial and underground telephone and other telecommunication transmission and distribution lines, cables and associated hardware
  • Install (but do not repair or maintain) cable television lines and cables
  • Splice and repair various types and sizes of telephone and other telecommunication cables including single line, coaxial and fibre optic
  • Inspect and test telecommunication transmission lines and cables for transmission characteristics and to locate faults
  • Analyze and record test results
  • Climb and work aloft on poles, ladders or other support structures or work in confined spaces such as trenches, tunnels and crawl spaces
  • Communicate with other workers to co-ordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments
  • Assist in the erection and removal of telecommunication poles, towers and associated support structures
  • May operate excavation machinery and other heavy equipment.

Working Conditions for Telecommunications line and cable workers

Work may performed indoors or outdoors, depending on the task or project. Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury. Exposure to electrical circuitry, high tension wires, transformers or other equipment in the workplace may be a source of electrical shock. Work locations and conditions may also be dangerous such as working on communications poles or ladders.

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