Telecommunications Equipment Installer Career Field

Telecommunications Equipment InstallerTelecommunications equipment installers work in switching hubs or central offices (inside) where they set-up switches and routers, along with cables and telecommunications equipment. In the central offices or hub areas, most telephone lines are fiber optic. Telecommunications equipment installers must be skilled in how to deal with these very complicated pieces of telecommunications equipment.  Telecommunications installers can also diagnose problems with switches and routers from remote locations, as newer switches and routers have self-monitoring systems, and the equipment continues to get more reliable.

Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

Associate’s Degree in Electronics or Communications Technology ( 2 years)
Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic or Communications Technology ( 4 years)

These days’ employers like to telecommunications equipment installers that have a 2 year, associate’s degree or a 4 year bachelor’s degree in an electronics or a telecommunications technology field. Trade schools, community colleges, and traditional universities all offer programs in these areas. Some job applicants will obtain their training while in the military.

Educational Courses

Technical Math
Telecom/Data Systems
AC/DC Electrical Circuits
Business and Technical Communications
Computer Applications
Communications Technologies

Employment Statistics

Number Employed in 2008: 203,100
Projected Employment through 2018: 202,600
Average Hourly Pay for Telecommunications Equipment Installers in 2008: $55,600

Great Colleges

ITT Technical Institute
Virginia College
DeVry University
Bryant & Stratton College
University of Phoenix

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Article Reference: bls.gov

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