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Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers - 49-9052.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cable Splicer
  • Cable Technician
  • Cable Television Technician (Cable TV Tech)
  • Combination Technician
  • Field Service Technician
  • Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician)
  • Installer
  • Lineman
  • Outside Plant Technician
  • Service Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Access specific areas to string lines or install terminal boxes, auxiliary equipment, or appliances, using bucket trucks, or by climbing poles or ladders, or entering tunnels, trenches, or crawl spaces.
  • Clean or maintain tools or test equipment.
  • Compute impedance of wires from poles to houses to determine additional resistance needed for reducing signals to desired levels.
  • Dig holes for power poles, using power augers or shovels, set poles in place with cranes, and hoist poles upright, using winches.
  • Dig trenches for underground wires or cables.
  • Explain cable service to subscribers after installation and collect any installation fees that are due.
  • Fill and tamp holes, using cement, earth, and tamping devices.
  • Inspect or test lines or cables, recording and analyzing test results, to assess transmission characteristics and locate faults or malfunctions.
  • Install equipment such as amplifiers or repeaters to maintain the strength of communications transmissions.
  • Lay underground cable directly in trenches or string it through conduits running through trenches.
  • Measure signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment.
  • Participate in the construction or removal of telecommunication towers or associated support structures.
  • Place insulation over conductors or seal splices with moisture-proof covering.
  • Pull cable through ducts by hand or with winches.
  • Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks.
  • Set up service for customers, installing, connecting, testing, or adjusting equipment.
  • Splice cables, using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment.
  • String cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pull lines to proper tension.
  • Travel to customers' premises to install, maintain, or repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment or accessories.
  • Use a variety of construction equipment to complete installations, such as digger derricks, trenchers, or cable plows.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment to ensure optimal performance.
  • Analyze test or performance data to assess equipment operation.
  • Assemble structural components.
  • Calculate requirements for equipment installation or repair projects.
  • Clean equipment, parts, or tools to repair or maintain them in good working order.
  • Climb equipment or structures to access work areas.
  • Collect payments for goods or services.
  • Connect electrical components or equipment.
  • Dig holes or trenches.
  • Explain use of products or services.
  • Inspect telecommunications equipment to identify problems.
  • Install audio or communications equipment.
  • Install insulation in equipment or structures.
  • Lay cables to connect equipment.
  • Maintain work equipment or machinery.
  • Measure equipment outputs.
  • Move large objects using heavy equipment.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Test communications equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Travel to work sites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Air Traffic Control Communications Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Air Traffic Control Radar Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Communication Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Aviation Radar Repairer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Basic Communications Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable and Antenna Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Cable Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Construction Electrician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Construction Wireman (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Cyberspace Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Defensive Cyberspace Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrical Systems Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Electrician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Electrician's Mate (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Electronic Missile Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Interior Communication Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer (Army - Enlisted)
  • Network Administrator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Network Chief (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Network Transport Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Satellite Transmissions System Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Signal Support Systems Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Air Operations/Air Defense Systems Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Tactical Switching Operator (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Telephone Technician - Outside (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Wire Systems Installer (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Cable Television Installer
  • Line Installer-Repairer

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Cable Television Installer
  • Line Installer-Repairer