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)

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$67,031

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

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.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • Completion of secondary school is required.
  • Completion of a college program in electronics
    or
    A combination of college, correspondence or industry courses related to electronics and electrical systems and on-the-job training
    or
    Completion of a four-year cable television technician apprenticeship program is required.
  • Trade certification for cable television technicians is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia and the Yukon.

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:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
50
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
190
Average annual employment growth:
2.4%
Expected number of job openings:
110
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
30
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A

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

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