Cable Installer Job Description

A cable installer job description applies to technicians who are both hired by telecommunications companies or subcontracted. The installer works a daily service route that can include both residential and commercial assignments.

Position Description

A cable installer performs work on cable televisions, telephones, high speed internet connections and other data installations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Cable Installer

  • Installs new cable technologies in homes or companies.
  • Performs service upgrades or downgrades according to customer preferences.
  • Performs service disconnections due to non-payment for services.
  • Explains to customers how to use cable equipment after installation is complete.
  • Handles antennas, satellite dishes and complex wiring systems.
  • Takes the proper equipment to every job to be prepared for any problem.
  • Stays up-do-date on technology changes and upgrades and learns new software programs.
  • Checks gauges, dials and other indicators to determine whether or not equipment is working properly.
  • Conducts tests and inspections of equipment to make sure it is meeting proper standards.
  • Troubleshooting operating problems and determining a course of action for repairs.
  • Repairs faulty equipment.
  • Performs routine maintenance on equipment.
  • Analyzes systems to determine if there have been changes in the environment, operations or conditions that affect equipment function.
  • Observes all safety precautions when installing or repairing equipment.
  • Works with circuits and fiber optics.
  • Measures signal quality and modem connections.
  • Performs work on trunk lines which are the main lines for an entire service area.
  • Cleans and maintains testing equipment and tools.
  • Splices cables when necessary.
  • Keeps electronics certifications current.
  • Takes continuing education courses to learn new technologies.
  • Mentors newly hired cable installers.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have excellent problem solving skills.
  • Must be able to visually distinguish colors.
  • Must have superior dexterity and hand eye coordination.
  • Must be mechanically inclined.
  • Must have strong customer service skills.
  • Basic bookkeeping skills are a plus.
  • Must have good computer skills.
  • Must have good math skills.
  • Excellent time management skills are essential.
  • Must have good analytical skills.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Good reading comprehension skills are helpful.
  • Should have knowledge of AC and DC circuits.

Education and Experience

  • High School diploma.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.
  • Should complete Cable company’s in-house training program.
  • Internship with a cable company.
  • Must memorize basic information pertaining to telephones, cable televisions and data installation.
  • Associates degree in Electronics, Computer Science or a related field.
  • Certificate in Electronics Repair from a Technical School.
  • Certification from Electronics Technicians Association.
  • Certification from Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.

Work Environment

  • Must be able to work normal hours of 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
  • Must be available to work late on days that are unusually busy.
  • Time is spent driving a cable companytruck from one location to another.
  • Must work in private homes or at places of businesses.
  • Must be able to work in tight spaces, crawl spaces, at high elevations like telephone poles and other hazardous conditions.
  • Time is spent in electronic service centers and climate controlled offices.

Salary

  • Salaries range from $28,000 to $58,000 per year.
  • Hourly wages range from $11 an hour to $18 an hour.

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