Telecommunications and Cable Television Installation, and Repair/Maintenance Workers

(NOC 7246, 7247)

in All NS Occupations

Telecommunications installation and repair workers and cable television service technicians install, arrange, remove, and maintain telephone equipment and cable outlets. This work requires climbing and working on poles, ladders, or other support structures. They are employed by cable and satellite television companies, telephone and other telecommunications transmission services establishments.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 95 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All NS Occupations

  • Estimate Weak growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 33315 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate 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 a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. 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 and Cable Television Installation, and Repair/Maintenance Workers most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 76% of Telecommunications and Cable Television Installation, and Repair/Maintenance Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $66,540. 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

$14.00

Minimum

$25.00

Median

$32.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$17,143

Minimum

$62,726

Median

$84,095

Maximum

Compared to: All NS Occupations

Hourly Pay

$11.00

Minimum

$19.89

Median

$40.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$2,872

Minimum

$29,983

Median

$83,126

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Telecommunications installation and repair workers and cable television service technicians install, arrange, remove, and maintain telephone equipment and cable outlets. This work requires climbing and working on poles, ladders, or other support structures. They are employed by cable and satellite television companies, telephone and other telecommunications transmission services establishments.

Job duties

The following is a summary of duties for telecommunications workers:

  • Telephone installers and repairers install, arrange, remove and maintain telephone equipment, wiring and associated hardware. They test installed telephone systems to locate transmission faults and repair or replace defective and damaged telephones, wire, and associated equipment.
  • Switch network installers and repairers install electromechanical, analog and digital trunking systems, circuits and equipment in telecommunications central offices and switching centres. They inspect and test trunking systems, circuits, and equipment and then analyze test results and adjust, change or repair switching system, network, associated equipment, and software.
  • Telecommunications service testers Operate computerized testing systems to conduct service tests on customer lines and equipment to determine the nature, cause, and location of service trouble. They initiate the dispatch of appropriate repair personnel. May assist repair personnel to test lines, circuits and systems, isolate and clear cable faults and verify records.
  • Telecommunications equipment technicians install, remove and maintain various telecommunications equipment and related systems such as telex and facsimile machines, teletypewriters, mobile radios, cellular telephones, pagers and other related telecommunications equipment. They diagnose and locate equipment faults, and adjust, replace or repair telecommunications equipment.

Cable television service technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Communicate with subscribers and company personnel to determine work assignments.
  • Connect, disconnect and relocate cable outlets, install splitters, converters, decoders, satellite and pay TV equipment, and install other cable hardware and systems at subscriber's premises.
  • Install cable modems and software to enable Internet access at subscriber's premises.
  • Inspect, test and repair cable and satellite television signals and associated equipment at subscriber's premises.

Cable television maintenance technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Maintain and repair main aerial and underground coaxial and fibre optic cable television transmission lines, trunking and related distribution and interconnecting systems including power supplies and amplifiers.
  • Inspect, monitor, test and adjust cable transmission and distribution systems.
  • Repair or replace faulty cables, power supplies, amplifiers and other associated transmission and distribution equipment.
  • Climb and work aloft on poles, ladders or other support structures.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments.

Sample job titles

  • cable television maintenance technician
  • cable television technician
  • cellular telephone technician
  • communications electrician - telecommunications
  • community antenna television (CATV) technician - telecommunications
  • satellite receiving equipment installer
  • satellite television technician
  • telecommunications equipment electrician
  • telecommunications equipment inspector
  • telecommunications technician

Skills

This work requires a good mechanical and electrical aptitude. You should have a strong background in mathematics and the sciences. Accuracy and a keen eye for detail are important. Good eyesight, colour vision, and hand-eye coordination are necessary.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Combinations of the completion of a college program, apprenticeship training program, correspondence or industry courses related to the field and on-the-job training vary between specific jobs within this overall grouping.
  • Trade certification for communication technicians is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Experience as an installer and repairer (telephone and switch network) is usually required for service testers.

Other considerations

Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience. Advances in telecommunications and multi-media technology and the ways in which they are delivered to customers may affect the type of work performed and job prospects in these jobs. Advances in technology, like high-speed Internet and digital phone services, require that workers in this group continuously upgrade their skills.

By the numbers

Quick look

530

employed in 2016

96.6%

employed full-time

4.7%

self employed

5.9%
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94.1%
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N/A

median age

Compared to: All NS Occupations

427,305

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

10.0%

self employed

49.2%
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50.8%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

52.1%

Halifax

16.8%

Annapolis Valley

13.4%

Northern

9.2%

Southern

9.2%

Cape Breton

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

63.2%

Information, Culture & Recreation

16.0%

Construction

6.6%

Public Administration

3.8%

Computer System Design Services

3.8%

Management, Admin & Other Support

What is the age of Employment?

32.4%

35-44

25.4%

45-54

19.7%

55-64

15.5%

25-34

2.8%

15-24

Compared to: All NS Occupations

34.1%

45-54

33.0%

35-44

18.7%

55-64

13.2%

25-34

Top levels of education

47.5%

College certificate or diploma

$29,353 median annual income
22.9%

High school

$32,380 median annual income
14.0%

Trades certificate

N/A
5.9%

Less than high school

N/A
5.1%

Bachelor's degree

$36,204 median annual income

Compared to: All NS Occupations

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

Electrical, electronic and communications engineering technology/technician

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

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, electronics and communication engineers. These programs include courses in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

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 - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Communications Technician

Trade Inactive: This trade is currently inactive in Nova Scotia. NOTE: The trade is currently regulated by LAE-Technical Safety as a Communications Cabling Specialist - see below

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
2021 Brunswick Street, PO Box 578
Halifax, NS B3J 2S9
(800) 494-5651
(902) 424-0717
Communications Cabling Specialist (CCS)

Certificate: Installation of communications cabling requires a permit unless exempt per regulations. CCS certificate required to obtain a permit and to perform work that is exempt from permit. Communications cabling permits are issued from the local electrical inspection department.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Technical Safety Division
5151 Terminal Road, 6th floor, PO Box 697
Halifax, NS B3J 2T8
(844) 424-3200
(902) 424-3239
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