Telecommunications cable workers install, maintain and repair data and telecommunications cables in underground pipes, trenches or overhead systems. They work with either copper or fiber optic cables and tend to specialise in a particular procedure or area of expertise.
Where telecommunications cable workers are employed
They work in a variety of small, medium and large enterprises. These include telecommunications carriers and their contractors, network and exchange equipment suppliers, customer premises equipment suppliers and installation or maintenance service providers. Telecommunications cable workers may work indoors and outdoors, sometimes in cramped conditions or at heights. They often work as part of a team.
Full-time telecommunications cable workers in South Australia generally earn between $1,000 and $1,249 per week.
The telecommunications industry is subject to continuing and rapid technological change. In 2011 there were 289 people employed full-time as telecommunications cable workers in South Australia compared with 329 in 2006.
How to become one
Usually you need to complete a traineeship in telecommunications. You can also do a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in telecommunications. For more information see traineeships. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
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