Telecommunications Installer/Technician

While the Wireman is installing the conduit and power feeders on a project, the Installer/Technician is working beside the Wireman, installing the network of low voltage cabling that is used for video, voice and data or other low voltage signaling. Backbone voice and data cables are routed between the entrance facility, where communications signals enter a building: to equipment rooms and telephone rooms. Voice and data horizontal cables are routed between telephone rooms or equipment rooms and individual workstations throughout the building. Maintaining such systems and providing moves, adds and changes within buildings are the most common Installer/Technician tasks.

Whether the work is in new construction or in existing office or manufacturing space, the IBEW-NECA craftsman takes pride in the work he or she has and can performed.

The Installer/Technician installs voice and data outlets at workstations. In addition, they install punch down blocks and cross connects in telephone rooms. These may be wall mounted or rack mounted, and must be grouped and identified according to specific installation standards. The NJATC trains to TIA/EIA Standards. The NJATC also partners with the major manufacturers in the video, voice and data industry to assure training in the latest technologies.

Equipment rooms often contain energized equipment such as hubs, file servers or telephone switches. These devices are configured and connected to the communications network that serves the building, and must not be interrupted as a result of work performed by unqualified workers or those only partially trained.

The Des Moines Electrical Apprenticeship is a certified BICSI training facility.

Installer/Technician's Job Description

Over the course of the three-year Installer/Technician apprenticeship program, apprentices must acquire a wealth of technical knowledge. Many of the work processes of the Installer/Technician are listed below. There are many systems that utilize low voltage video, voice or data signals. Not all Installer/Technicians work on all systems, however. Properly trained Installer/Technicians can work on a variety of types of systems, including systems for video, voice and data.

What Tasks Will You Be Likely to Do?

  • Plan and Initiate Projects
  • Install Underground Voice or Data Circuit Feeders to Entrance Facilities
  • Provide or Connect to the Grounding Electrode System
  • Install Pathways and Spaces for Installation of Low Voltage Wiring
  • Install, Terminate and Test Wires and Cables, both Copper and Fiber-Optic
  • Install, Test, Certify and Troubleshoot Local Area Network (LAN) Cabling Systems
  • Lay Out, Install and Verify Operation of Security and Access Control Systems
  • Install Communications and Sound Distribution Systems
  • Provide Testing, Analysis and Repair of Video, Voice and Data Systems; including Electronic Devices such as Gateways, Routers, Hubs, NIC Cards, Telephone Switches, etc.
  • Prefabricate Systems, such as Telecommunications Racks, for Field Installation
  • Work on other Sub-systems such as Communications, Entertainment, Environmental, Life Safety, Energy Management and Custom Lighting.

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