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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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57,000
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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)
Duties + 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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Network Cabling specialist Certificate of Accomplishment

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (0.0 Miles)

Network Cabling Technician Skills Certificate

Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles (0.0 Miles)

Telecom & Network Technician Skills Certificate

Los Angeles Southwest College
Los Angeles (0.0 Miles)

Communications Equipment Repair Certificate

Craven Community College
New Bern (0.0 Miles)

Commercial Wiring Certificate

Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta (0.0 Miles)

Fiber Optics I Training

Fayetteville Technical Community College
Fayetteville (0.0 Miles)

Residential Wiring Technician Certificate

Atlanta Technical College
Atlanta (0.0 Miles)

Communications Technician Apprenticeship, A.S.

San Diego City College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Communications Technician Apprenticeship Certificate of Achievement

San Diego City College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

Master Recording Program II

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
Tempe (0.0 Miles)
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Master Recording Program II

Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - Gilbert
Gilbert (0.0 Miles)

Sound and Communication Apprenticeship

Foothill College
Los Altos Hills (0.0 Miles)

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