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.
To become a data and telecommunications cable worker you usually have to complete a traineeship in Telecommunications Technology. 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. You can also become a data and telecommunications cable worker by completing a VET qualification in telecommunications technology. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
Data and telecommunications cable workers may perform the following tasks:
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.
Data and telecommunications cable workers are employed by a variety of small, medium and large enterprises. These include large telecommunications carriers and their contractors, network and exchange equipment suppliers, customer premises equipment suppliers and installation or maintenance service providers. The data and telecommunications industry is subject to continuing and rapid technological change. One of the major Australian Government initiatives for the telecommunications industry is the National Broadband Network (NBN). This is the largest infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in the country, and aims to deliver high-speed broadband to all Australians. With the rollout due to be completed in 2020, data and telecommunications cable workers are increasingly involved in this area. For more information, visit www.nbnco.com.au/workforce.
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A broadband network installer installs and maintains network termination and connection devices and points of entry (known as service drops) on customer premises.
A telecommunications linesworker installs, maintains and hauls fibre-optic cables in container pipes or conduits placed in specially created underground pits or trenches.