Sam shares his story about working in telecommunications for a huge convention center. He talks about what services he provides to trade groups coming in to present their products, and how he got into this business. He also shares what he would have loved to have known about this career when he first got into it.
Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, also known as telecom technicians, set up and maintain devices or equipment that carry communications signals, connect to telephone lines, or access the Internet.
Telephone, computer, and cable telecommunications systems rely on sophisticated equipment to process and transmit vast amounts of information. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers—often called telecom technicians—install and service this equipment.
To inspect equipment and diagnose problems, telecom technicians use many different tools. For instance, to locate distortions in signals, they may use spectrum analyzers and polarity probes. They also commonly use handtools, including screwdrivers and pliers, to take equipment apart and repair it. In addition, telecom technicians frequently install and update software and programs for some devices.
Training may last several weeks to a few months. Workers who have completed postsecondary training often require less on-the-job instruction than those who have not.
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