Line Installer-Repairer

Install and repair telephone and telegraph lines and poles.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$27,000 – $73,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Line Installer-Repairers do?

Installs and repairs telephone and telegraph lines, poles, and related equipment, according to diagrams, and using electrician’s handtools: Digs holes, using power auger or shovel, hoists poles upright in holes, using truck-mounted winch, and fills and tamps holes, using cement, earth, and tamping device. Ascends poles or enters tunnels and sewers to cut in feeder lines, attach appliances, such as terminal boxes and repeaters, and repair or replace defective lines and auxiliary equipment. Unreels and strings lines from pole to pole and from pole to building, installs hardware, such as conduits and insulators, and attaches appliances on lines. Pulls lines through ducts by hand or with use of winch. When assisting in installation and removal of plant equipment, such as callboxes and clocks, in city locations, may be designated Line Installer-Repairer, City. When patrolling telephone lines between communities, may be designated Toll-Line Repairer. When patrolling telephone or telegraph lines between two established points or in designated areas, may be designated Line Maintainer, Section.

Should I be a Line Installer-Repairer?

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

  • Also known as: Line Installer, Line Installer-Repairer, City

    How to become a Line Installer-Repairer

    Most Line Installer-Repairers 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:9tkaaa&chl=no+college+%2868%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29|associate%27s+%2812%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,68,68
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