Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers

(NOC 7245)

in All Trades and Transportation

Telecommunications line and cable workers install, repair, and maintain telecommunication lines and cables. They are employed by cable television companies and by telephone and other telecommunications services.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 35 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 3400 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 64% of Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $49,041. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$15.75

Minimum

$27.00

Median

$33.65

Maximum

Annual Pay

$14,294

Minimum

$43,118

Median

$70,513

Maximum

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.00

Minimum

$20.35

Median

$34.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Telecommunications line and cable workers install, repair, and maintain telecommunication lines and cables. They are employed by cable television companies and by telephone and other telecommunications services.

Job duties

Telecommunications line and cable workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Install, remove, maintain and repair aerial and underground telephone and other telecommunication transmission and distribution lines, cables and associated hardware.
  • Install (but do not repair or maintain) cable television lines and cables.
  • Splice and repair various types and sizes of telephone and other telecommunication cables including single line, coaxial and fibre optic.
  • Inspect and test telecommunication transmission lines and cables for transmission characteristics and to locate faults.
  • Analyze and record test results.
  • Climb and work aloft on poles, ladders or other support structures or work in confined spaces such as trenches, tunnels and crawl spaces.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments.
  • Assist in the erection and removal of telecommunication poles, towers and associated support structures.
  • May operate excavation machinery and other heavy equipment.

Sample job titles

  • cable installer - telecommunications
  • cable repair technician - telecommunications
  • communications technician
  • lineworker-technician - telecommunications
  • repair lineman/woman - telecommunications
  • telecommunication cable installer
  • telecommunication cable repairer
  • telecommunication line technician

Skills

This work requires accuracy, caution, and attention to detail. You must be able to work to precise specifications and levels of safety when installing and repairing cables. Physical stamina, good hand-eye coordination, and an electrical aptitude are needed. You should also have a strong background in mathematics and the sciences.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Completion of a four-year telecommunications line and cable apprenticeship program or a combination of over three years work experience in the trade and some industry-related or other specialized courses or completion of a two-year college program in electronics is usually required.

Other considerations

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

315

employed in 2016

92.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

2.6%
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97.4%
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41.9

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

88.8%

employed full-time

12.7%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

46.1%

Halifax

19.7%

Northern

18.4%

Cape Breton

7.9%

Southern

7.9%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

54.0%

Information, Culture & Recreation

31.7%

Construction

3.2%

Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing

3.2%

Wholesale Trade

3.2%

Other Professional Services

What is the age of Employment?

28.9%

25-34

26.7%

35-44

22.2%

45-54

13.3%

15-24

11.1%

55-64

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

34.1%

45-54

33.0%

35-44

18.7%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

Top levels of education

32.9%

High school

N/A
31.6%

College certificate or diploma

$93,659 median annual income
19.7%

Trades certificate

$106,853 median annual income
7.9%

Less than high school

N/A
3.9%

Bachelor's degree

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.4%

Trades certificate

$40,890 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$28,089 median annual income
22.6%

College certificate or diploma

$39,023 median annual income
18.2%

Less than high school

$25,753 median annual income
2.7%

Bachelor's degree

$36,972 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Lineworker

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, operate, maintain and repair local, long-distance, and rural electric power cables and communication lines; erect and construct pole and tower lines; and install underground lines and cables. These programs include courses in cable installation and repair, fibre-optic technology, trenching, mobile equipment and crane operation, high-voltage installations, maintenance and inspection, safety, remote communications, and applicable codes and standards.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Apprenticeship Training

Department of Labour and Advanced Education 2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578

Halifax, NS B3J 2S9

(800) 494-5651

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