Telecommunications installation and repair workers (NOC 7246)

About this job

Ecommunications installation and repair workers:

  • install, test, maintain and repair telephones, telephone switching equipment and telecommunications equipment related to transmission and processing of voice, video signals and other data over a variety of media including fibre optics, microwave, radio and satellite
  • work for telephone and other telecommunications transmission services establishments
Common job titles
  • adjuster, telephone system relay
  • attendant, charging equipment
  • central office equip. installer-repairer
  • maintainer, telephone exchange
  • operator, test desk operator
  • racker - telecommunications
  • adjuster, telephone system relay
  • attendant, charging equipment
  • central office equip. installer-repairer
  • combination man / woman
  • electrician, communications
  • inspector, service / telephone traffic

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$66,739

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

Telephone installers and repairers:

  • install, arrange, remove and maintain telephone equipment, wiring and associated hardware
  • test installed telephone systems to locate transmission faults
  • repair or replace defective and damaged telephones, wire and associated equipment.
  • switch network installers and repairers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • install electromechanical, analog and digital trunking systems, circuits and equipment in telecommunications central offices and switching centres
  • inspect and test trunking systems, circuits and equipment
  • analyze test results and adjust, change or repair switching system, network, associated equipment and software

Switch network installers and repairers:

  • install electromechanical, analog and digital trunking systems, circuits and equipment in telecommunications central offices and switching centres
  • inspect and test trunking systems, circuits and equipment
  • analyze test results and adjust, change or repair switching system, network, associated equipment and software

Telecommunications service testers:

  • operate computerized testing systems to conduct service tests on customer lines and equipment
  • determine the nature, cause and location of service trouble
  • initiate the dispatch of appropriate repair personnel
  • complete test reports and maintain test and service records
  • may assist repair personnel to test lines, circuits and systems, isolate and clear cable faults and verify records

Telecommunications equipment technicians:

  • install, remove and maintain various telecommunications equipment and related systems such as telex and facsimile machines, teletypewriters, mobile radios, cellular telephones, pagers and other related telecommunications equipment
  • configure operating systems and install software for access to the internet
  • inspect and test operation of telecommunications equipment
  • diagnose and locate equipment faults
  • adjust, replace or repair telecommunications equipment

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a normal inside work environment.
  • 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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Telephone and switch network installers and repairers require completion of an apprenticeship program ranging from three to four years
    or
    A combination of over three years work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry related courses.
  • Telecommunications equipment technicians usually require completion of a college electrical and electronics program and several months of on-the-job training
    or
    Completion of a three- or four-year apprenticeship training program.
  • Trade certification for communication technicians is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Experience as an installer and repairer (telephone and switch network) is usually required for service testers.

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:
140
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
50
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
1,880
Average annual employment growth:
2.3%
Expected number of job openings:
1,090
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
330
Average annual employment growth:
1.4%
Expected number of job openings:
150
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
400
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
160

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

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