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Overall employment of line installers and repairers will grow by 2 percent between 2008 and 2018.
Median annual wages for telecommunications line installers and repairers were $48,090 in May 2008.
Telecommunications line installers and repairers install and maintain the lines and cables used by local and long distance telephone services, cable television, the Internet, and other communications networks. These services use a variety of different types of cables, including fiber optic cables. Unlike metallic cables that carry electricity, fiber optic cables are made of glass or plastic and transmit signals using light. Working with fiber optics requires special skills, such as splicing and terminating optical cables. Additionally, workers must be able to test and troubleshoot cables and networking equipment.
The work of line installers and repairers can be very physically demanding. Line installers must be comfortable working both at heights and in confined spaces. While bucket trucks have reduced the amount of climbing workers must do, all line workers must be able to climb utility poles and balance while working on them. They must also be able to lift equipment and work in a variety of positions, such as stooping or kneeling. Their work often requires that they drive utility vehicles, travel long distances, and work outdoors under poor weather conditions.
Completers of this course who successfully pass the Fiber Optic Association‘s Fiber Optic Technician Certification Examination (given on the last day of class) will become Certified Fiber Optic Technicians.
2012 total approximate cost is $1,850. Total instructional hours are 30.
Classes are offered in the evening during the fall and spring semesters.
Class takes five weeks to complete.
Occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Line Installers and Repairers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos195.htm
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