About the job
Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
What you'll do
- 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.
- Lay underground cable directly in trenches or string it through conduits running through trenches.
- Participate in the construction or removal of telecommunication towers or associated support structures.
- Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks; then pull lines through ducts by hand or with winches.
- Use a variety of construction equipment to complete installations, such as digger derricks, trenchers, or cable plows.
Things you need to know
- Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Abilities you'll need to have
- Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.