Telephone line technicians are responsible for installing and repairing telephone lines that serve customers at their places of businesses as well as private residences. Much of their work is done in the field either individually or with a team of workers. They must have valid driver’s licenses because they drive company trucks to the sites where service is needed and either installs lines or conducts tests to trouble shoot for problems that have been reported. Once the location of the problem is determine using the appropriate equipment they conduct repairs and then test to make sure everything is working properly. The website www.samplejobdescriptions.org says that telephone line technicians need a high school diploma but an associate’s degree from a community college with courses in electronics and computer technology will give them a competitive advantage when seeking a job. Once hired they are usually given on-the-job training and periodically they may need to take classes to update their expertise in the technology. Telephone line technicians must be in good health because their job involves physical agility such as climbing poles or ladders or accessing places that are difficult to reach. They also need computer literacy as well as the verbal ability that is required to complete reports on the jobs they have undertaken and completed. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the employment for telephone line technicians is not growing substantially because many buildings are already wired for telephone service newer buildings are often pre-wired and more and more people are using only cell phones. Median earnings for telephone line technicians are around $25 per hour. On an annual basis the median annual salary is approximately $48000.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Specialized Training|
|Tasks:||Drives a telephone crew truck from one job to another.
Installs and repairs telephone lines.
Tests lines to ensure they are working properly.
Measures signal strength.
|Also Called:||Telephone Line Installer
Telephone Line Repairer