Cable television service and maintenance technicians (NOC 7247)

Occupation targeted by the Workplace Apprenticeship Program

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Job titles

  • apprentice community antenna television (CATV) technician
  • cable television installation technician
  • cable television installer
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Nature of work

Cable television service technicians install, maintain and repair cable and satellite television and Internet signal and associated equipment in homes and commercial buildings. Cable television maintenance technicians maintain and repair cable television transmission and distribution systems and associated hardware. They are employed by cable and satellite television companies.

Fields of interest

  • Carrying out tests or trials, process control
  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working in sales and customer service
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Cable television service technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Communicate with subscribers and company personnel to determine work assignments
  • - Connect, disconnect and relocate cable outlets, install splitters, converters, decoders, satellite and pay TV equipment, and install other cable hardware and systems at subscriber's premises
  • - Install cable modems and software to enable Internet access at subscriber's premises
  • - Inspect, test and repair cable and satellite television signals and associated equipment at subscriber's premises.
  • Cable television maintenance technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Maintain and repair main aerial and underground coaxial and fibre optic cable television transmission lines, trunking and related distribution and interconnecting systems including power supplies and amplifiers
  • - Inspect, monitor, test and adjust cable transmission and distribution systems
  • - Repair or replace faulty cables, power supplies, amplifiers and other associated transmission and distribution equipment
  • - Climb and work aloft on poles, ladders or other support structures
  • - Communicate with other workers to co-ordinate the preparation and completion of work assignments.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * Completion of a college program in electronics or A combination of college, correspondence or industry courses related to electronics and electrical systems and on-the-job training or Completion of a four-year cable television technician apprenticeship program is required.
  • * Trade certification for cable television technicians is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Professional associations