CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics. Travel to customers' premises to install, maintain, or repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment or accessories.
Inspect or test lines or cables, recording and analyzing test results, to assess transmission characteristics and locate faults or malfunctions.
Splice cables, using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment.
Measure signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment.
Set up service for customers, installing, connecting, testing, or adjusting equipment.
Place insulation over conductors or seal splices with moisture-proof covering.
Access specific areas to string lines or install terminal boxes, auxiliary equipment, or appliances, using bucket trucks, or by climbing poles or ladders, or entering tunnels, trenches, or crawl spaces.
String cables between structures and lines from poles, towers, or trenches and pull lines to proper tension.
Install equipment such as amplifiers or repeaters to maintain the strength of communications transmissions.
Lay underground cable directly in trenches or string it through conduits running through trenches.
Pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks; then pull lines through ducts by hand or with winches.
Clean or maintain tools or test equipment.
Explain cable service to subscribers after installation and collect any installation fees that are due.
Compute impedance of wires from poles to houses to determine additional resistance needed for reducing signals to desired levels.
Use a variety of construction equipment to complete installations, such as digger derricks, trenchers, or cable plows.
Dig trenches for underground wires or cables.
Dig holes for power poles, using power augers or shovels, set poles in place with cranes, and hoist poles upright, using winches.
Fill and tamp holes, using cement, earth, and tamping devices.
Participate in the construction or removal of telecommunication towers or associated support structures.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Customer relationship management CRM software Customer relationship management CRM software
Internet web browser software Internet browser software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Ping tools Transaction security and virus protection software
Workforce management system software Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Adjustable hand wrenches Adjustable wrenches
Borers Boring tools
Bubble levels Levels
Bucket trucks Articulating boom lift
Buffer strippers Stripping tools
Cable cutters Wire or cable cutters
Cable jacket strippers Stripping tools
Cable locators Electrical power sensors
Cable plows Trenching machines
Cable sheaves Sheaves or pulleys
Cable slitters Shears
Cable strippers Stripping tools
Cable tie guns Banders
Cable trees Cable reels
Can wrenches Specialty wrenches
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
Claw hammers Hammers
Combo crimping tools Wire lug crimping tool
Cordless drills Power drills
Digger derricks Derricks
Digital multimeters Multimeters
Digital power meters Power meters
Dikes Diagonal cut pliers
Drywall saws Saws
Duct knives Shears
Electricians' snips Wire cutters
Extension ladders Ladders
Fiber scribes Stripping tools
Fish tapes Fish tape
Flathead screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Gopher poles Extension pole
Hacksaws Saws
Hex sets Hex keys
Inspection scopes Videoscopes
Intelligent field devices Non contact sensors
Lamp extractors Light bulb changer
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Longnose pliers Longnose pliers
Measuring tapes Tape measures
Motorized cable reels Cable reels
Needlenose pliers Needlenose pliers
Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR Reflectometers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
Polishing pucks Power buffers
Probe picks Electronic measuring probes
Punchdown tools Punches or nail sets or drifts
Sheath removal tools Stripping tools
Sheet metal cutters Metal cutters
Signal leakage detectors Leak testing equipment
Signal level meters Level meter
Soldering irons Soldering irons or guns
Staple guns Staple guns
Strap guns Staple guns
Syringes Resin guns
Tampers Tampers
Tone generators Signal generators
Tone sets Signal generators
Tone tracers Signal generators
Torpedo levels Levels
Trenchers Trenching machines
Two way radios Two way radios
Volt-ohm meters VOM Ohmmeters
Winch trucks Tow trucks
Wire lug crimping tools Wire lug crimping tool
Wire wrap guns Spiral wrapping
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerial Installer
Block Cableman
Broadband Technician
Cable Crew Backhoe Operator
Cable Inspector
Cable Installer
Cable Layer
Cable Maintenance Splicer
Cable Mechanic
Cable Repairer
Cable Splicer
Cable Splicer Apprentice
Cable Splicer Assistant
Cable Technician
Cable Television Installer (Cable TV Installer)
Cable Television Technician (CATV Technician)
Cable Television Technician (Cable TV Tech)
Cable Tester
Cable Wirer
Combination Man
Combination Technician
Conduit Installer
Conduit Mechanic
Conduit Worker
Construction Lineman
Construction Person
Construction Technician
Construction Worker
Extrusion Machine Operator
Fiber Optic Splicer
Fiber Optic Technician
Fiber Technician
Installation and Repair Technician (I & R Technician)
Installation and Service Technician
Journeyman Lineman
Line Inspector
Line Installer
Line Installer Apprentice
Line Installer-Repairer
Line Maintenance
Line Mechanic
Line Tester
Lineman Apprentice
Maintenance Splicer
Network Cable Installer
Network Cabler
Outside Plant Technician
Phone Technician
Power Line Installer and Repairer
Preventive Maintenance Technician
Reel Cart Operator
Reel Man
Reel Worker
Service Technician
Splicing Technician
Submarine Cable Equipment Technician
Telecommunication Lines Repairer
Telecommunications Line Installer
Telegraph Lineman
Telephone Cable Splicer
Telephone Lineman
Telephone Lines Repairer
Telephone Lineworker
Telephone Technician (Phone Technician)
Telephone and Cable Television Installation and Repair Technician
Television Cable Installer
Toll Line Mechanic
Toll Lineman
Toll Patrolman
Utility Locator
Utility Technician
Wire Splicer
Wire Stretcher
CompGeo Occupation Group: Utilities
Job Family: Communications Workers
Benchmark Title: Telecommunications Line Installers/Repairers
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