Data and telecommunications cable workers are involved in the installation and maintenance of data and telecommunications cables, which may be located in underground pipes, trenches or overhead systems. They usually work with either copper or fibre optic cables and specialise in a particular procedure or area of expertise.
Duties & Tasks
Data and telecommunications cable workers may perform the following tasks:install, join or splice metallic and fibre-optic cables
perform relevant cable tests to ensure joints and fibre splices comply with site and manufacturer specifications and relevant legislation
install underground and aerial lead-in cables
install above-ground equipment enclosures
fix cable faults
perform fault clearance
tag cables for future identification.
Data and telecommunications cable workers may work indoors and outdoors, sometimes in cramped conditions or at heights. They often work as part of a team. Some telecommunications cable workers are involved in installing equipment on customer premises and need to maintain good relations with property owners, tenants and authorities.
enjoy practical work
normal eyesight and colour vision
able to cope with the physical demands of the job
good hand-eye coordination
able to work at heights and in confined spaces
good communication skills.