Line Installers and Cable Splicers

Line installers and cable splicers construct, maintain, and repair the vast network of wires and cables that transmit electric power and voice, video, and Internet communications services to commercial and residential customers. Line construction and cable splicing is a vital part of the communications system. Workers are involved in linking electricity between generation plants and homes and other buildings; providing land-line, cellular, and Internet-based phone service to customers; and bringing cable television stations and Internet connections to residences and other locations. There are approximately 231,400 line installers and cable splicers working in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Construct, maintain, and repair the network of wires and cables that transmit electric power and voice, video, and Internet communications services to commercial and residential customers
Alternate Title(s) Construction Line Workers, Outside Plant Technicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements Valid driver's license and clean driving record
Career Ladder
  • Foremen or Line Crew Supervisor
  • Line Installer
  • Cable Splicer
  • Helper, or Trainee, or Ground Worker

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