Cable Splicer

Work with high-voltage wiring to provide electricity, Internet, and more.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$34,000 – $82,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cable Splicers do?

Cable Splicers are paid by utility companies to install, splice, test, and repair the high-voltage cables and wires. Thanks to televisions, cameras, computers, stereos, and cell phones—all of which are powered by electricity, and all of which connect in one way or another to the World Wide Web—wires are everywhere. Because of that, it’s easy to forget: The wires didn’t grow there, like grass or trees. They were installed—in most cases by a Cable Splicer.

If you’re a Cable Splicer, you spend your days atop utility poles, below ground in sewers, and inside walls, where you operate on the 21st century’s nervous system by performing a variety of duties. You’re usually found installing, maintaining, and repairing overhead and underground power lines and cables, as well as associated equipment. You also clean up after bad weather by restoring broken connections or neutralizing live wires that have been knocked down by storms or wind.

Of course, electrical wires can be extremely dangerous. It must be said, therefore, that safety — yours and that of the public — is an especially important part of your job, which demands focus, caution, and discipline.

Luckily, the risks aren’t without rewards. Like the men who laid track for the transcontinental railroad in the 19th century, you’re doing a whole lot more than manual labor; you’re outfitting the nation with the infrastructure it needs to power its future!

Should I be a Cable Splicer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Cable Crew Backhoe Operator, Cable Layer, Cable Maintenance Splicer, Cable Splicer Apprentice See More

    How to become a Cable Splicer

    Most Cable Splicers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9hkaab&chl=no+college+%2858%25%29|certificate+%2831%25%29|associate%27s+%2810%25%29|||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,58,58
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