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
  • rigger, telecommunications
  • splicer, telecommunications
  • structured cabling technician
  • access technician - telecommunication
  • cable worker, telephone and telecom
  • construction technician - cable TV
  • electrician, communications
  • line technician, communication
  • line worker, telecommunications

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$52,140

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a four-year telecommunications line and cable apprenticeship program
    or
    A combination of over three years work experience in the trade and some industry- related or other specialized courses
    or
    Completion of a two-year college program in electronics is usually required.
  • Trade certification for communications electrician (construction craft) is available, but voluntary, in Alberta, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

As of July 1, 2017 when the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) came into force, you will not need significant additional training, experience, testing or assessment if your qualifications or certificates are recognized by a Canadian regulatory authority. This applies whether you were trained in Canada or internationally. Learn about labour mobility at www.workersmobility.ca. For information about labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition, contact the B.C. regulator for your occupation.

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Spatial Perception
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Object-Oriented
  • Motor Coordination
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Electrical, Electronic & Communications Engineering

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
240
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
90
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
100
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,050
Average annual employment growth:
2.6%
Expected number of job openings:
630
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
190
Average annual employment growth:
0.0%
Expected number of job openings:
50
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
380
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
160
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
350
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
130

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

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.