Telephone installers and repairers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Operate computerized testing systems to conduct service tests on customer lines and equipment
B. Determine the nature, cause and location of service trouble
C. Initiate the dispatch of appropriate repair personnel
D. Complete test reports and maintain test and service records
E. May assist repair personnel to test lines, circuits and systems, isolate and clear cable faults and verify records.
1. Information and cultural industries - 65.0%
2. Construction - 13.0%
3. Computer and electronic product manufacturing - 4.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
5. Retail trade - 3.0%
1. To be a telecommunications installation and repair worker, you need a high school diploma.
2. To be a telephone and switch network installer or repairer, you need a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or a combination of over three years' work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry-related courses.
3. To be a telecommunications equipment technician, you usually need to finish a college electrical/electronics program and have several months' on-the-job training or complete a three- or four-year apprenticeship training program.
4. Trade certification for communications electricians (network craft) is available, but voluntary, in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
3. Mechanics / Industrial Arts
4. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers is $21.75/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.