What does a Line Installer and Repairer do?
Line installers and repairers frequently work in teams to repair or install a complex network of power lines and cables, like telecommunications cables, including fiber optics, and electrical power systems. Their job is considered highly hazardous because they work with high-voltage electricity and climb great heights. A line installer and repairer's work is physically challenging as well. They typically work normal full-time hours. However, nights, weekends, and holidays are common when needed.
How to become a Line Installer and Repairer
Line installers and repairers typically need a high school diploma or the equivalent with a preferred basic knowledge of trigonometry and algebra. Most employers also require technical instruction and long-term on-the-job training for one to become skilled.
Apprenticeship programs are common, as well as programs in community colleges that offer courses in electronics, telecommunications, and electricity. Local companies sometimes work with students to offer 1-year certificates that give hands-on field work.
There are also advanced 2-year associate's degree programs to provide a broader knowledge of technology in electrical utilities and telecommunications. It is also helpful for one to have technical knowledge of electricity or electronics from a background in the military service or vocational programs.
Apprenticeship or employer training programs can last up to 3 years combining technical instruction with on-the-job training. It is not mandatory to get certified, however it is available through several associations and may be advantageous to the candidate.
Job Description of a Line Installer and Repairer
The duties of an electrical power-line installer and repairer usually include the installation, maintenance, and repairs of power lines that move electricity. They must test and inspect auxiliary equipment and power lines. He or she would be responsible for finding any defective devices, switches, voltage regulators, and transformers. They have the job of stringing power lines between buildings, poles, and towers.
Line installers climb poles and transmission towers, as well as using truck-mounted buckets to reach equipment. They need to operate power equipment when installing or repairing lines, poles, and towers. The worker drives work vehicles to the job site and follows all safety procedures and standards.
Telecommunication line installers and repairers have the duties of installation, maintenance, and repairing telecommunications equipment. They test and inspect cables or lines, directly in trenches. They have the job of pulling cables in underground conduit. They install aerial cables, including over and across rivers and lakes.
Telecommunications installers and repairers operate power equipment and drive work vehicles to job sites. He or she sets up service to customers. The duties of line installers and repairers may differ depending on the specific job description they carry.