Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians

(NOC 7247)

in All Trades and Transportation

Cable television service technicians install, maintain and repair cable and satellite television and Internet signal and related equipment in homes and commercial buildings. Cable television maintenance technicians maintain and repair cable television transmission and distribution systems and related hardware. They work for cable and satellite television companies.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

  • Estimate 205 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
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This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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. Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians most commonly work full-time hours.

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

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Median

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Annual Pay

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Minimum

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Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

Hourly Pay

$13.50

Minimum

$27.25

Median

$35.50

Maximum

Annual Pay

$7,580

Minimum

$37,269

Median

$79,787

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Cable television service technicians install, maintain and repair cable and satellite television and Internet signal and related equipment in homes and commercial buildings. Cable television maintenance technicians maintain and repair cable television transmission and distribution systems and related hardware. They work for cable and satellite television companies.

Job duties

Cable television service technicians:

  • Communicate with subscribers and company workers to define work duties.
  • Connect, disconnect, and relocate cable outlets, install splitters, converters, decoders, terminals, digital boxes, satellite and pay TV equipment, and install other cable hardware and systems at subscriber's sites.
  • Install cable modems, routers, and software to allow Internet access at subscriber's sites.
  • Inspect, test and repair cable and satellite television signals and related equipment at subscriber's sites.

Cable television maintenance technicians:

  • 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 related transmission and distribution equipment.
  • Climb and work up on poles, ladders, or other support structures.
  • Communicate with other workers to coordinate the completion of work assignments.

Sample job titles

  • cable television installation technician
  • cable television installer
  • cable television maintenance technician
  • cablevision servicer
  • community antenna television (CATV) technician
  • direct broadcast satellite (DBS) 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

  • High school is required.
  • A college program in electronics or a combination of college, correspondence or industry courses related to electronics and electrical systems and on-the-job training or a four-year cable television technician apprenticeship program is required.

Other considerations

Movement to supervisor positions is possible with experience. Changes 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. Changes in technology, like high-speed Internet and digital phone services, require that workers in this group regularly upgrade their skills.

By the numbers

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< 50

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

0.0%
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100%
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39.2

median age

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

57,925

employed in 2016

85.9%

employed full-time

11.8%

self employed

5.3%
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94.7%
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46.8

median age

Where will I likely work?

33.3%

Halifax

33.3%

Annapolis Valley

33.3%

North Shore

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

60.0%

Information and cultural industries

40.0%

Professional, scientific and technical services

What is the age of Employment?

33.0%

25-34

33.0%

65+

33.0%

45-54

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

24.4%

45-54

22.1%

55-64

17.7%

35-44

17.7%

25-34

10.9%

15-24

Top levels of education

40.0%

High school

N/A
40.0%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
40.0%

Trades certificate

N/A

Compared to: All Trades and Transportation

29.2%

Trades certificate

$46,494 median annual income
25.5%

High school

$31,260 median annual income
22.3%

College certificate or diploma

$42,050 median annual income
18.7%

Less than high school

$28,319 median annual income
2.8%

Bachelor's degree

$30,527 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) administers, coordinates, and supports the development and delivery of adult education programs through learning partners in Nova Scotia. Our learning partners include the Nova Scotia Community College, Adult High Schools, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations that offer tuition-free programming across the province. NSSAL offers clear, accessible pathways from adult basic education to a high school credential or GED, empowering Nova Scotians to achieve their learning and employment goals.

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 - Adult Learning

PO Box 220

Halifax, NS B3J 2M4

(866) 679-6722

Adult High Schools

Various, NS

Community Learning Organizations

Various, NS

Electrical, electronic and communications engineering technology/technician

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

This instructional program class includes 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 - Ivany Campus

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

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