Cable jointers make and repair joins in insulated power supply and control cables installed in underground pipes, trenches and overhead systems. They also prepare cable terminations for electrical equipment and overhead lines. Cable jointers also install and maintain underground electrical cables used to transmit and distribute electricity in city and country areas, new housing estates and industrial centres.
To become a cable jointer you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in ESI - Power Systems - Distribution Cable Jointing, ESI - Network Systems or National Broadband Cabling Installation and Maintenance. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Cable jointers may perform the following tasks:
Cable jointers mainly work outdoors, sometimes in cramped and confined conditions or at heights. They often work in sub-stations, which reduce high-voltage electricity to lower levels for consumer use. They need to maintain good relations with property owners, tenants and authorities. Cable jointers often work as part of a team.
Most cable jointers work on underground electricity distribution and service cables for electricity corporations or private subcontractors. Work is carried out in cities, suburbs, large industrial centres and country towns. Cable jointers may be responsible for work in a particular area or district. Occasionally, cable jointers working for electricity authorities are required to work away from home for periods of time.