Telecommunications line and cable workers (NOC 7245)

About this job

Telecommunications line and cable workers:

  • install, repair and maintain telecommunication lines and cables
  • work for cable television companies and telephone and other telecommunications services.
Common job titles
  • access technician - telecommunication
  • cable worker, telephone and telecom
  • construction technician - cable TV
  • electrician, communications
  • line technician, communication
  • line worker, telecommunications


Telecommunications line and cable workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • install, remove, maintain and repair aerial and underground telephone and other telecommunication transmission and distribution lines, cables and associated hardware
  • install (but do not repair or maintain) cable television lines and cables
  • splice and repair various types and sizes of telephone and other telecommunication cables including single line, coaxial and fibre optic
  • inspect and test telecommunication transmission lines and cables for transmission characteristics and to locate faults
  • analyze and record test results
  • climb and work high up on poles, ladders or other support structures
  • work in confined spaces such as trenches, tunnels and crawl spaces
  • communicate with other workers to coordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments
  • help with the erection and removal of telecommunication poles, towers and associated support structures
  • may operate excavation machinery and other heavy equipment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work may take place in an inside work environment where the temperature or humidity may be different from normal room conditions.
  • Work can also take place outdoors, so workers may be exposed to various weather conditions.
  • Working with equipment, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Exposure to electrical circuitry, high tension wires, transformers or other equipment in the workplace may be a source of electrical shock.
  • Work locations and conditions may also be dangerous such as working on communications poles or ladders.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.