What does a Network Cabling Specialist (631A) do?

Network Cabling Specialists install, test, label, and document a variety of communications infrastructures. They may work with fibre optic, coaxial, and other types of cable systems, as well as network hardware to support data, voice, and video applications.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Reading and interpreting job reference materials, diagrams, plans, manuals, and technical specifications
  • Developing a thorough knowledge of equipment, systems, and industry standards
  • Performing site inspections; selecting and verifying cable pathways and spaces; taking measurements; laying out and routing pathways; performing trade calculations for electrical or optical characteristics of telecommunications
  • Identifying and selecting hand tools, power tools, and appropriate testing equipment
  • Installing pulling medium and cable supports in cable pathways; selecting fibre-optic cable for type, size, length, fire, and performance rating; troubleshooting cable systems
  • Installing fire-stop systems; internetworking hardware and components; dressing and labeling cables; terminating, splicing, cross-connecting, and patching cables
  • Effectively communicating and interacting with co-workers, supervisors, and customers
  • Using proper work apparel and personal protective safety equipment

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent with credits in math, science, and English; drafting or electrical courses would be an asset
  • Completion of 4,000-hour apprenticeship program, including on-the-job and in-school training

What's Your Future as a Network Cabling Specialist (631A)?

  • Full-time, often outdoor work in information and communications technology industry
  • Required to keep pace with new equipment, technology, and work specifications
  • Often opportunities to progress to supervisory or management positions
  • Employers include construction firms, telecommunications carriers, electric power utilities, radio/cable communications companies, wholesale trade, and electrical product companies

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers can earn $14.00-$25.00 per hour, often with benefits and overtime opportunities.


Network Cabling Specialist (631A)

Ask Yourself: Yes No
Do you have excellent attention to detail? Can you work in a timely manner?
Are you able to travel for work? Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?
Do you have strong reading, writing, and communication skills?
Do you have excellent troubleshooting skills?
Do you have the ability to build a rapport with clients?
Do you have excellent time management? Are you an organized person?

If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Network Cabling Specialist (631A) may be for you!

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