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.
Duties & Tasks
Cable jointers may perform the following tasks:pull electrical cables through underground pipes or conduits and join cables in transmission and distribution systems
prepare lowand high-voltage cable joints and cable terminations while connecting and installing electrical equipment and overhead lines
test and locate cable faults, and maintain and repair cables
update location diagrams for the layout of cable systems
ensure that conductors are correctly connected between sub-stations and customers' premises when installing and making repairs
assist with manufacturing and preparing cable jointing components
dig trenches and service pits or tunnels
encase cables in protective covers
work with other staff to install or replace cables.
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.
enjoy practical work
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
normal eyesight and colour vision
good hand-eye coordination
able to work at heights
good communication skills.