Install or repair communications lines such as fiber optic cables. It is important to have an understanding of physics, and a little understanding of computer science and communications to do well at this job, but it isn't necessary. You work both inside and outside to make sure people stay connected.

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A Typical Day

  • Set up service for customers, installing, connecting, testing, or adjusting equipment.
  • Travel to customers' premises to install, maintain, or repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment or accessories.
  • Measure signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment.
  • Inspect or test lines or cables, recording and analyzing test results, to assess transmission characteristics and locate faults or malfunctions.
  • Splice cables, using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment.

Recommended Credentials

High school diploma or equivalent

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Complete your high school degree or GED. Get started with on-the-job training.

Elsewhere in Michigan


Expand your experience across the state. Repairs and installations are needed from coast to coast!

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Not afraid of heights? This could be the perfect career for you!

Test your tolerance to see if you would be able to work from a bird's eye view.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Educational Services’ Electrical Occupations or a similar program is an excellent place to start!

Pathway 2

Find employment with a local or regional company. 

Pathway 3

Gain experience in your field and take classes to expand your specialized knowledge when it comes to electricity.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Cable Splicer
  • Cable Technician
  • Cable Television Technician (Cable TV Tech)
  • Combination Technician
  • Field Service Technician

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