What does a Cable Technician do?

A Cable Technician is a skilled worker who is employed by a cable service provider. Cable Technicians are responsible for the installation of new service, upgrading of old service and maintaining current services. In the morning technicians are dispatched with a list of stops to make before the end of the day. They are supplied with a company vehicle and tools. Technicians work in various environments such as residential apartments and homes, office buildings and commercial spaces.

There is no required education past a High School Diploma, but most employers prefer some college or a degree. New installations require routing cable throughout the various structure of a building. Having previous experience in the trades is a plus for anyone wishing to work as a Cable Technician. Often technicians are required to access 2nd and 3rd stories for installations. Candidates must be comfortable working at heights and off of ladders. With enough experience, technicians can advance into management.

What responsibilities are common for Cable Technician jobs?
  • Attend SOS (start of shift) Meeting
  • Coordinate with dispatch for your daily appointments
  • Inventory vehicle supplies to confirm needed supplies are on hand
  • Communicate with inventory control for supply replenishment
  • Conduct pre-departure vehicle inspection and record all issues
  • Notify all customers of ETA
  • Wear all identification, safety and courtesy equipment at all times
  • Inform dispatch of and delays in schedule progress
What are the typical qualifications for Cable Technician jobs?
  • College Degree (preferred)
  • Previous trade experience a plus
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong troubleshooting abilities
  • Ability to follow directions exactingly
  • Comfortability working at heights and off ladders
  • A valid driver's license
  • Pass a background check
  • Willingness to submit to random drug screens
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Cable Technician make?

$61,332 /yr
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Cable Technician Career Path

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Cable Technician

Average Years of Experience

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2 - 4
5 - 7
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Cable Technician Insights

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Mar 26, 2021

“They always try their best to give you a fully integrated schedule which is really great.”

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“Great opportunity to be a part of one of the best production aircraft in the future.”

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“Great experience with a wide range of gear from toy cameras all the way to top notch professional gear.”

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Sep 12, 2021

“I only liked the flexible schedule that I didn't have to be on a steady hours every day plus some great people that I met.”

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Aug 22, 2020

“It’s only a negative thing if you’re not going to try to be the top performer!”

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Oct 1, 2021

“Learn skills and great career introduction”

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Feb 26, 2021

“There's always work and pay was good”

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May 14, 2022

“Work/life balance sometimes good sometimes not.”

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When working as a Cable Technician, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Advocacy, Work Ethic, and Test Equipment.

The most similar professions to Cable Technician are:
  • Service Technician
  • Automotive Technician
  • Technician
  • Maintenance Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Cable Technician include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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