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What Does a Cable/Fiber Optics Technician Do?

Not every job makes the world a more accessible place, but a cable/fiber optics technician’s job certainly does by making information more widely available. A cable/fiber optics technician — also called a cable installer — designs, installs, operates, maintains and repairs telecommunication networks for internet, television and telephone services. This involves different types of cables — primarily fiber optic cables but also copper cables — used to transfer data. Fiber optics technology uses sheathed glass threads to transmit light.

They design cabling systems that connect the network, and also run the cables. Some technicians specialize in installing the cable while others specialize in trouble-shooting.

They may also be responsible for responding to homes and businesses when services go down. These technicians work in commercial and residential settings and may work indoors or outdoors.

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$ 30,000 - $ 90,000
$ 57,000
35,430+
A cable/fiber optics technician connects a network
The working environment of a cable/fiber optics technician is always changing. One day you’re working on a pole, and the next you’re running cable in a basement. (Credit: SOMCHAI DAENGNGAM/Shutterstock)
Job Responsibilities
  • Install fiber optic cables, including in trenches and difficult-to-reach places
  • Inspect and repair cables
  • Create networking plans and install equipment
  • Test and troubleshoot lines and networking equipment for signal strength
EDUCATION +TRAINING

Most employers require a high school diploma or equivalent for entry-level positions. Technical schools and community colleges offer one- and two-year programs focusing on electronics, telecommunications and computer technology. Some employers provide apprenticeships, which consist of technical training and on-the-job training.

Although not required, certification is available from several associations and may be beneficial for advancement. For example, the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) offers different levels of certification through approved schools.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Are good at troubleshooting
  • Like creating plans or layouts and then executing them
  • Are good with hand tools
  • Enjoy working outdoors
  • Are not bothered by heights or confined spaces

Cable/Fiber Optics Technician Training in Your Area

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Central Texas College logo

Telecommunications Technician Certificate of Completion

Central Texas College
Killeen (429.5 Miles)

Electronics Technology, A.A.S.

West Georgia Technical College
Waco (637.4 Miles)

Electronics Technology Diploma

West Georgia Technical College
Waco (637.4 Miles)

Basic Electronics Assembler Technical Certificate

West Georgia Technical College
Waco (637.4 Miles)

Electronics Technician Technical Certificate

West Georgia Technical College
Waco (637.4 Miles)
BridgeValley Community and Technical College logo

BISCI Certification, SS

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
South Charleston (770.1 Miles)
Central Carolina Community College logo

Laser and Photonics Technology

Central Carolina Community College
Sanford (928.3 Miles)
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences Logo

Master Recording Program II

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - Gilbert
Gilbert (944.1 Miles)
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

Master Recording Program II

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - Tempe
Tempe (946.2 Miles)
Cape Fear Community College logo

Electronics Engineergin Technology, LAN Cabling Technician Certificate

Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington (1,014.8 Miles)
Tidewater Community College logo

Associate Of Applied Science - Specialization In Fiber & Data Cabling

Tidewater Community College
Norfolk (1,070.4 Miles)
Tidewater Community College logo

Career Studies Certificate - Fiber & Data Cabling Installation

Tidewater Community College
Norfolk (1,070.4 Miles)

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