elecommunications Installer Technicians install circuits and equipment for telephones, computer networks, video distribution systems, security and access control systems, and other low voltage systems.
This is a three year program consisting of a minimum of 4,800 hours of OJT and 480 hours of classroom work. The American Council on Education(ACE)recommends 40 credits for this program.
Installer/Technician performs the installations and maintenance for
all voice, data, and video (VDV) in
addition to integrated building systems (IBS) work
in commercial offices
and complexes. Installer/Technician will also be working in industrial facilities, including telephone,
fiber optic networks, data networks, fire alarm
systems, nurse call systems, CCTV systems, and
With all the different systems a technician will be working on, the mental and physical skills acquired in an apprenticeship administered training course will prepare the Installer/Technician for this entire range of work. As an Installer/Technician, you will likely be involved in many different types of jobs presenting many new and various challenges.
This trade requires a lot of planning, problem solving and it requires your full attention. Much
of the work involves installation, assembling, testing, repairing and
layout. Many job opportunities now incorporate computers and
fiber optics. Due
to the nature of the work, above
average math and reading skills are
Working as Telecommunications Installer/Technician can be difficult at times. Be prepared to work both indoors and outdoors in all temperatures, weather, and environmental conditions. At times, it requires considerable amount of physical effort for lifting, carrying materials, ladders, and tools, and climbing ladders and scaffolds.
Since much of the work is performed from ladders,scaffolds, or powered lifts. the Installer/Technician must be comfortable working at a variety of heights.
The Installer/Technician must have strong skills in reading, communications, and mathematics. Applicants must be in good shape and must have physical abilities necessary for successful completion of training and a career. An Installer/Technician will probably be doing a lot of lifting, transporting, and installing equipment and apparatus. So working with tools and connecting wire and cables which are color coded are quite typical. Due to the constant changes and innovations in the industry, ongoing training and education is essential.
Not all program location offer this type of training. Check your local union for more information.