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Telecommunications Equipment Installers

Telecommunications equipment installers set-up, adjust and test equipment used in telecommunication systems including central offices. Telecommunications equipment repairers identify and fix problems that have occurred in telecommunication equipment and systems.

Those involved with telecommunications equipment installation need to have a thorough understanding of computers and electronic equipment such as chips, circuit boards, software, hardware and processors. A telecommunication equipment installer also needs a solid foundation in the practical application of transmission, broadcasting, operation and control of telecommunications systems.

Some common job titles include install/repair technician, central office technician, field technician, service technician, telecommunications technician and communications technician.

Central office installers and repairers work at switching hubs called central offices. Switching hubs contain the switches and routers that are used to direct information to their destinations. The installers set-up the switches and routers and also the cables and other equipment.

Station installers and repairers also known as telecommunications service technicians or home installers and repairers install and repair telecommunications equipment in businesses and in homes. Station installers set-up telephone, Internet, VoIP and other communications services. Some installers are employed in the cable industry. PBX installers and repairers collaborate with various organizations to set up exchange switchboards.

Telecommunication repairing involves diagnosing the source of the problem by testing all the parts of the equipment. Repairers need to have knowledge regarding how the hardware and software interact. Telecommunication equipment repairers might install updated software or programs that maintain existing software.

Responsibilities

  • Install switching and routing equipment
  • Test newly installed and repaired or updated equipment to make sure it is functioning correctly
  • Show customers how the equipment is used
  • Test components and circuits of malfunctioning telecommunications equipment
  • Change circuit layouts
  • Repair or replace faulty equipment
  • Make adjustments or modifications to improve equipment performance
  • Remove and remake connections to change circuit layouts

Job Characteristics

Telecommunications and radio equipment installers and repairers typically work in clean, air-conditioned settings. Those that primarily work outdoors are known as telecommunications line installers and repairers. For some positions, travel is often required. A large number of telecommunications equipment installers work regular business hours. Telecommunications equipment repairers often have irregular work schedules.

Telecommunications equipment installers should be knowledgeable about computers and be mechanically inclined. For those that frequently deal with customers, good communications and interpersonal skills are beneficial.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 2 percent job growth from 2006 to 2016 for radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers. Telecommunications companies will expand current services and provide improved services which will increase the demand for installers. There will be a demand to install advanced switching and routing equipment. However, there may be a decline in the demand for repair work since the new equipment usually requires significantly less maintenance work.

Candidates with post secondary education in electronics along with computer skills should have the best job opportunities in the field of telecommunications equipment installing and repairing. The median annual wage for the occupation in 2008 was $55,600.

Home installers have opportunities to advance into wiring computer networks or taking a position as a central office installer and repairer. Due to their knowledge about the equipment, repairers are qualified to become manufacturer's sales representatives. Repairers with good leadership abilities may become maintenance supervisors or service managers.

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers work primarily in the telecommunications industry, however, they are increasingly working in the construction industry working as contractors for the telecommunications industry.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Many workers in the telecommunications sector advance into the occupation by gathering experience at less difficult jobs. However, increasingly employers are seeking those with post secondary education for radio and telecommunications installers and repairers positions. Many employers prefer candidates that have post secondary training in electronics and have knowledge about computers.

Depending on the job description and the employer, a certification to work on particular equipment or a two or a four year degree in electronics or communications technology may be required. In addition, training programs are provided by trade schools and by software and equipment manufacturers.

The educational requirements are typically higher for central office installer and repairer positions than for those working in nonresidential environments. Approximately half of all radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers have an associate degree or have completed some college courses.

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers often are required to be certified to perform particular tasks or to work on particular equipment. Taking classes is often necessary for certification. Being certified can also help workers advance in the occupation.

The Telecommunications Industry Association and the Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers offers certifications to workers in this field.

Resources

Major Employers

The major employment sectors are wired telecommunications carriers, building equipment contractors, telecommunications related industries, wireless telecommunications carriers (except satellite) and cable and other subscription programming.

Schools for Telecommunications Equipment Installers And Repairers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 1440 $57,740
Hoover 1440 $57,740
Huntsville 800 $43,880
Mobile 310 $63,900
Montgomery 260 $40,950
Tuscaloosa 130 $46,220
Jacksonville 120 $48,180
Anniston 120 $48,180
Oxford 120 $48,180
Gadsden 100 N/A
Dothan 80 $40,540
Decatur 80 $57,240
Auburn 70 $67,430
Opelika 70 $67,430
Florence N/A $54,350
Muscle Shoals N/A $54,350
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 250 $64,970
Fairbanks 100 $72,370
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2110 $58,120
Mesa 2110 $58,120
Phoenix 2110 $58,120
Tucson 550 $66,420
Yuma 140 $57,250
Prescott 60 $42,660
Douglas N/A $67,070
Sierra Vista N/A $67,070
Flagstaff N/A $71,030
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 830 $45,200
North Little Rock 830 $45,200
Little Rock 830 $45,200
Hot Springs 30 $53,340
Jonesboro N/A $49,190
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 10490 $56,930
Los Angeles 10490 $56,930
Long Beach 10490 $56,930
San Francisco 4040 $66,910
Hayward 4040 $66,910
Oakland 4040 $66,910
San Bernardino 2750 $58,280
Riverside 2750 $58,280
Ontario 2750 $58,280
Carlsbad 2370 $55,810
San Diego 2370 $55,810
Arden 2020 $59,940
Arcade 2020 $59,940
Roseville 2020 $59,940
Sacramento 2020 $59,940
Santa Clara 1380 $64,290
Sunnyvale 1380 $64,290
San Jose 1380 $64,290
Fresno 800 $54,830
Ventura 790 $68,020
Thousand Oaks 790 $68,020
Oxnard 790 $68,020
Bakersfield 460 $55,760
Lodi 420 $51,520
Stockton 420 $51,520
Santa Rosa 310 $50,680
Santa Maria 250 $60,950
Santa Barbara 250 $60,950
Porterville 190 $48,290
Visalia 190 $48,290
Fairfield 170 $71,310
Vallejo 170 $71,310
Salinas 160 $66,310
Modesto 140 $49,300
Redding 120 $51,340
Chico 110 $65,670
Paso Robles 90 $43,960
Arroyo Grande 90 $43,960
San Luis Obispo 90 $43,960
Napa 80 $62,960
Santa Cruz 70 $64,690
Watsonville 70 $64,690
Yuba City 70 $71,950
Merced 40 $47,800
Madera 30 $69,520
El Centro N/A $38,810
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 3080 $67,670
Lakewood 3080 $67,670
Denver 3080 $67,670
Colorado Springs 300 $65,460
Boulder 200 $66,400
Greeley 110 $68,540
Grand Junction 90 $37,520
Pueblo N/A $58,040
Fort Collins N/A $59,480
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Stamford 700 $54,790
Norwalk 700 $54,790
Bridgeport 700 $54,790
New Haven 600 $61,690
Danbury N/A $50,360
West Hartford N/A $59,880
East Hartford N/A $59,880
Hartford N/A $59,880
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 80 $50,210
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 6600 $51,870
Fort Lauderdale 6600 $51,870
Miami 6600 $51,870
Tampa 2900 $49,600
St. Petersburg 2900 $49,600
Clearwater 2900 $49,600
Orlando 2730 $41,760
Kissimmee 2730 $41,760
Sanford 2730 $41,760
Jacksonville 1120 $62,070
North Port 770 $44,320
Bradenton 770 $44,320
Sarasota 770 $44,320
Ferry Pass 410 $56,380
Pensacola 410 $56,380
Brent 410 $56,380
Deltona 390 $36,490
Ormond Beach 390 $36,490
Daytona Beach 390 $36,490
Winter Haven 370 $39,840
Lakeland 370 $39,840
Cape Coral 360 $50,100
Fort Myers 360 $50,100
Palm Bay 320 $48,380
Titusville 320 $48,380
Melbourne 320 $48,380
Tallahassee 270 $51,200
Port St. Lucie 230 $68,210
Panama City 140 $38,140
Gainesville 140 $56,710
Sebastian 130 $51,180
Vero Beach 130 $51,180
Crestview 110 $57,000
Fort Walton Beach 110 $57,000
Destin 110 $57,000
Ocala 100 $39,310
Homosassa Springs 80 $33,720
Naples N/A $51,760
Marco Island N/A $51,760
Immokalee N/A $51,760
Punta Gorda N/A $56,220
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 6600 $58,090
Atlanta 6600 $58,090
Roswell 6600 $58,090
Albany 230 $61,840
Savannah 170 $68,810
Dalton 150 $38,500
Macon 140 $63,620
Athens 120 $38,040
Clarke County 120 $38,040
Gainesville 110 N/A
Valdosta 70 N/A
Brunswick 50 $66,180
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 660 $67,420
Lahaina 80 $71,520
Wailuku 80 $71,520
Kahului 80 $71,520
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 320 $59,420
Pocatello 40 $37,790
Coeur d'Alene 30 $46,160
Idaho Falls N/A $28,700
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 220 $62,700
Rockford 220 $65,630
Champaign 140 $66,380
Urbana 140 $66,380
Bloomington 90 $59,910
Kankakee 70 $53,650
Springfield N/A $47,420
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 2720 $49,860
Indianapolis 2720 $49,860
Anderson 2720 $49,860
Fort Wayne 390 $31,540
Elkhart 90 $55,890
Goshen 90 $55,890
West Lafayette 60 $52,570
Lafayette 60 $52,570
Terre Haute 60 $53,590
Columbus 30 $44,690
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 800 $65,310
Des Moines 800 $65,310
Cedar Rapids 220 $53,070
Cedar Falls 60 $55,730
Waterloo 60 $55,730
Ames 40 $65,240
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 300 $49,950
Lawrence 80 $43,050
Manhattan 40 $45,370
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 280 $63,630
Fayette 280 $63,630
Bowling Green 90 $37,640
Fort Knox 90 $45,250
Elizabethtown 90 $45,250
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 890 $55,460
New Orleans 890 $55,460
Baton Rouge 730 $66,760
Bossier City 530 $48,360
Shreveport 530 $48,360
Monroe 270 $65,070
Lafayette 260 $60,550
Houma 200 $61,750
Thibodaux 200 $61,750
Lake Charles 150 $38,340
Hammond 130 $65,240
Alexandria 120 $37,440
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 360 $46,060
Portland 360 $46,060
Bangor 160 $38,980
Auburn 50 $67,550
Lewiston 50 $67,550
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1210 $49,440
Columbia 1210 $49,440
Baltimore 1210 $49,440
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 50 $59,130
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2560 $50,760
Detroit 2560 $50,760
Warren 2560 $50,760
Wyoming 780 $48,700
Grand Rapids 780 $48,700
Saginaw 410 N/A
Ann Arbor 290 $45,560
East Lansing 180 $45,350
Lansing 180 $45,350
Portage 130 $55,780
Kalamazoo 130 $55,780
Bay City 100 $40,520
Battle Creek 50 $52,050
Flint N/A $43,610
Muskegon N/A $48,740
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 140 $67,240
St. Cloud 120 $46,450
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 450 $50,370
Gulfport 240 $32,540
Pascagoula 240 $32,540
Biloxi 240 $32,540
Hattiesburg 150 $43,860
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 480 $42,980
Joplin 100 $42,770
Jefferson City 100 $54,670
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 150 $47,370
Missoula 80 $39,810
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 260 $43,650
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1000 $66,810
Henderson 1000 $66,810
Las Vegas 1000 $66,810
Reno 110 $46,840
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 650 $69,260
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 200 $49,000
Hammonton 40 $65,620
Atlantic City 40 $65,620
Bridgeton N/A $44,250
Vineland N/A $44,250
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 720 $55,290
Las Cruces 130 $57,430
Santa Fe 70 $67,610
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albany 700 $56,430
Troy 700 $56,430
Schenectady 700 $56,430
Syracuse 560 $55,390
Rochester 550 $71,400
Niagara Falls 400 $50,480
Cheektowaga 400 $50,480
Buffalo 400 $50,480
Binghamton 250 $58,420
Utica 150 $63,060
Rome 150 $63,060
Glens Falls 120 $47,320
Ithaca 50 $73,980
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1080 $51,920
Asheville 290 $42,380
High Point 280 $54,690
Greensboro 280 $54,690
Winston 270 $40,350
Salem 270 $40,350
Lenoir 220 $58,550
Hickory 220 $58,550
Morganton 220 $58,550
Wilmington 180 $59,240
Durham 170 $49,150
Chapel Hill 170 $49,150
Jacksonville 90 $43,860
Greenville N/A $38,160
Burlington N/A $42,550
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 80 $68,450
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 1930 $58,760
Elyria 1930 $58,760
Columbus 1570 $51,210
Dayton 610 $44,540
Akron 560 $54,000
Toledo 300 $37,960
Mansfield 110 $32,830
Canton 110 $35,210
Massillon 110 $35,210
Lima 100 $41,840
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 740 $40,570
Tulsa 710 $43,440
Lawton N/A $31,260
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 200 $56,120
Medford 130 $58,050
Salem 130 $64,720
Bend N/A $46,500
Redmond N/A $46,500
Corvallis N/A $67,770
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1180 $55,760
Carlisle 370 $60,890
Harrisburg 370 $60,890
York 240 $37,010
Hanover 240 $37,010
Lancaster 210 $45,180
Barre 190 $54,240
Hazleton 190 $54,240
Scranton 190 $54,240
Wilkes 190 $54,240
State College 110 $68,680
Berwick 70 $51,970
Bloomsburg 70 $51,970
Reading 70 $56,790
Altoona 50 $62,970
Williamsport 40 $66,020
Johnstown 40 $68,240
Lebanon 30 $58,830
Erie N/A $38,000
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 400 $32,690
Carolina 400 $32,690
San Juan 400 $32,690
Ponce 60 $21,240
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 950 $41,660
Mauldin 950 $41,660
Greenville 950 $41,660
Columbia 450 $52,470
Spartanburg 400 $40,840
North Charleston 260 $66,570
Charleston 260 $66,570
Bluffton 140 $44,610
Beaufort 140 $44,610
Hilton Head Island 140 $44,610
Florence 120 $54,920
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 220 $54,580
Rapid City 100 $58,790
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 1900 $42,650
Murfreesboro 1900 $42,650
Davidson 1900 $42,650
Nashville 1900 $42,650
Knoxville 610 $33,220
Cleveland 90 $64,570
Morristown 50 $70,040
Jackson N/A $65,810
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 8810 $45,950
Dallas 8810 $45,950
Arlington 8810 $45,950
The Woodlands 4440 $46,830
Sugar Land 4440 $46,830
Houston 4440 $46,830
Austin 1960 $44,440
Round Rock 1960 $44,440
New Braunfels 1440 $41,310
San Antonio 1440 $41,310
Corpus Christi 820 $35,940
El Paso 500 $42,260
Edinburg 270 $30,210
Mission 270 $30,210
McAllen 270 $30,210
Lubbock 260 $56,180
Beaumont 240 $45,980
Port Arthur 240 $45,980
Longview 230 $36,380
Amarillo 230 $41,630
Waco 220 $36,930
Abilene 210 $38,030
Killeen 200 $51,820
Temple 200 $51,820
Harlingen 180 $34,420
Brownsville 180 $34,420
Tyler 180 $40,790
Midland 120 $44,710
Bryan 100 $42,200
College Station 100 $42,200
Odessa 100 $47,520
Wichita Falls 90 $34,150
Victoria 70 $38,850
San Angelo N/A $44,880
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1520 $56,000
Clearfield 410 $43,450
Ogden 410 $43,450
Provo 290 $48,880
Orem 290 $48,880
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 320 $62,420
Burlington 320 $62,420
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 560 $69,670
Roanoke 120 $56,020
Lynchburg N/A $44,690
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 3170 $55,210
Tacoma 3170 $55,210
Bellevue 3170 $55,210
Spokane 270 $59,580
Spokane Valley 270 $59,580
Richland 170 $53,190
Kennewick 170 $53,190
Tumwater 160 $64,000
Olympia 160 $64,000
Longview 160 $64,580
Bellingham 100 $63,450
Yakima 100 $65,650
Silverdale 100 $66,630
Bremerton 100 $66,630
Wenatchee 90 $50,810
Anacortes 40 $62,510
Mount Vernon 40 $62,510
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 190 $59,170
Vienna 80 $65,170
Parkersburg 80 $65,170
Morgantown N/A $34,100
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1330 $48,660
West Allis 1330 $48,660
Milwaukee 1330 $48,660
Madison 610 $43,350
Eau Claire 190 $33,900
Fond du Lac 180 $40,970
Beloit 170 $43,840
Janesville 170 $43,840
Appleton 160 $57,890
Green Bay 140 $48,600
Oshkosh 110 $47,770
Neenah 110 $47,770
Wausau 80 $51,460
Sheboygan 50 $42,060
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 200 $44,310
Casper 70 $45,110

Most Popular Industries for :
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Telecommunications 134,040 69% $57,400
Construction Trades 22,120 11% $40,700
Media And Broadcasting 6,470 3% $55,010
Maintenance And Repair 5,640 2% $37,410
Professional And Technical Services 5,280 2% $54,350
Durable Goods Wholesale 4,010 2% $46,890
Office Services And Staffing 3,860 1% $48,820
Government 3,070 1% $52,740
Business Management 2,900 1% $57,990
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