Outside Plant Cable Engineer

Plan activities concerned with laying submarine telecommunication cables.
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Salary Range
$58,000 – $135,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Outside Plant Cable Engineers do?

Plans, directs, and coordinates activities concerned with laying and repairing submarine telecommunication cables: Devises plans for laying cable lines, taking into consideration ocean currents and ocean depths. Determines where and how cables should be laid and decides such matters as where to place buoys, where to cut cable, what grapnel to use, what length of rope to use for a given depth, what type of cable to use, and what route to follow. Keeps charts and records to show depth and location of all cables laid. Analyzes test figures made when cable fault occurs to determine exact location of cable break. Oversees work of locating and repairing damaged cables.

Should I be an Outside Plant Cable Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Cable Engineer, Outside Plant

    How to Become an
    Outside Plant Cable Engineer

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