Fiber Optics Technician

$79,220 earning potential

Telecommunication line installers install and repair a variety of communication cables both inside and between buildings. They are responsible for terminating complex cable runs at customer demarcation points and splicing together cables to distribute services through buildings or neighborhoods.

This option is for you if:

You like keeping up with the latest technology

You’re a problem solver

You’re not an “office person”

You have a steady hand

You’re a people person

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RICKEY HOLT

INSTALLATION & REPAIR LEAD TECHNICIAN

High school: Bay High School

Age: 35

Where I trained: Arkansas State University–Newport

What I Earned: Associate of Applied Science in General Technology with an emphasis in Telecommunications

Employer: Ritter Communications in Jonesboro

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RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Travel to work sites to perform installation, repair or maintenance work
  • Analyze data to assess equipment operation
  • Lay cables to connect equipment
  • Calculate requirements for projects
  • Assemble structural components

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One perk I love about my job is the freedom I have. I get a list of jobs and I am expected to do them, but I don’t have someone watching over me all the time. …every job I go to is different. You never get stuck doing the same job… I could be splicing fiber to activate services for someone or working on an outage."

WORK ETHIC NEEDS:

"The main thing that someone who is considering this job would need is a good work ethic. This field is changing all of the time. Technology gets a little more advanced all of the time. You have to be able to adapt to the changes."

UPWARD MOBILITY:

"We have many options for progressing in our field. I started out as an installer and worked my way up to a service tech. I am now the lead install and repair technician. I feel that as long as you keep putting in effort and are willing to learn, you can advance in this field."

MEANINGFUL WORK:

“Few people consider the millions and millions of miles of copper and fiber optic cable that web out around the world connecting us all to one another. Without those cables – whether the fat bundles of fibers with protective sheathing inches-thick that pass below the oceans or the thin four-pair Cat 5 that leads to a network jack in your home – there would be no Internet.” –Electricianschooledu.org

EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT:

“I don’t think I would say I ever have a typical day. On an average day, I could do anything from hanging cable for new services to helping a customer program a remote for their TV. I could be splicing fiber to activate services for someone or working on an outage caused by someone digging in the wrong spot and hitting our service."