The job of telecommunications technician is an interesting one because it is completely consumer oriented job and requires a lot of personal interaction with consumers. Telecommunications technicians are those people who are responsible for installing, maintaining and upgrading various cable systems. When cable users require any repairs or services like upgrading the cable system, the telecommunications technicians take care of that too. The efficient functioning of a cable system depends completely on telecommunications technicians.

The first rung in the ladder in this field is the work of a cable system installer whose job is to prepare a subscriber’s home or office for cable reception. This is done by connecting the television or computer of the consumer to the cable system or high speed internet service. Installers also take care of the feeder lines and drop lines. Feeder lines connect the main cable to a group of user lines and drop lines connect this group to individual subscriber’s home or office.

The higher level telecommunications technicians are trunk technicians, service technicians, bench technicians and chief cable technicians. Trunk technicians are responsible for maintaining the main line, also called the trunk line, of the cable system. Service technicians are responsible for handling problems which subscribers may have. Bench technicians have the job of operating the repair facility of the cable system. Chief cable technicians are the ones who supervise the work of all other technicians. Best quality signal delivery to the consumers is their job.

Educational Requirements

A basic high school education is mandatory for this job along with a flair for mathematics and installation or repair of electronic equipments. Training for the job of installer is easily available at trade schools or you may also try on-the-job training programs offered by cable companies. For the job of trunk, service and bench technician, you require advanced telecommunications training which is offered by many technical institutes. The duration of this program may be a year or two. With experience in the field, you can rise to the level of chief technician.

Training institutes generally have placement offices which can help you find a job. Once you have a job, your experience in cable maintenance and servicing can help you advance to the level of chief cable technician

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Becoming a telecommunications technician entails a lot of on-the-job training. Some institutes under state universities offer training programs for such job. There is lot of useful advice available on the internet also.