Cable television service and maintenance technicians (NOC 7247)

About this job

Cable television service technicians:

  • install, maintain and repair cable and satellite television and internet signal and associated equipment in homes and commercial buildings

Cable television maintenance technicians:

  • maintain and repair cable television transmission and distribution systems and associated hardware.

These workers are employed by cable and satellite television companies.

Common job titles
  • maintenance, maintenance - cable TV
  • repairer, cable TV converter / decoder
  • service, cablevision
  • technician, DBS (dir. broadcast satellite)
  • technician, head end
  • technician, installation - cable TV
  • maintenance, maintenance - cable TV
  • repairer, cable TV converter / decoder
  • service, cablevision
  • technician, cable TV (installation-repair)
  • technician, CATV (community antenna TV)
  • technician, DBS (dir. broadcast satellite)

Duties

Cable television service technicians:

  • communicate with subscribers and company employees to determine work assignments
  • connect, disconnect and relocate cable outlets, install splitters, converters, decoders, satellite and pay TV equipment, and install other cable hardware and systems at subscriber's premises
  • install cable modems and software to enable Internet access at subscriber's premises
  • inspect, test and repair cable and satellite television signals and associated equipment at subscriber's premises

Cable television maintenance technicians:

  • maintain and repair main aerial and underground coaxial and fibre optic cable television transmission lines, trunking and related distribution and interconnecting systems including power supplies and amplifiers
  • inspect, monitor, test and adjust cable transmission and distribution systems
  • repair or replace faulty cables, power supplies, amplifiers and other associated transmission and distribution equipment
  • limb and work high up on poles, ladders or other support structures
  • communicate with other workers to coordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a normal inside work environment.
  • Work also takes 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 may also take place in dangerous locations such as high poles or ladders.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

  • Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC)
    www.asttbc.org
  • Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT)
    www.cctt.ca