Test Desk Trouble Locator

Locate malfunctions in telephone or telegraph lines.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Test Desk Trouble Locators do?

Locates malfunctions in telephone or telegraph lines, using switchboard composed of electrical testing instruments, and coordinates maintenance crew’s work to remove malfunction: Tests lines to find cause and location of malfunction, using switchboard equipped with audible and visual alarms and electrical testing devices, such as voltmeter and resistance meter. Reports nature of trouble to inside and outside maintenance crews and directs and coordinates trouble-clearing activities. May dispatch maintenance crews to malfunctioning area. May contact subscribers to investigate reported trouble.


Should I be a Test Desk Trouble Locator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Trouble Locater, Trouble Locator, Test Desk, Trouble Shooter

    How to Become a
    Test Desk Trouble Locator

    Most Test Desk Trouble Locators 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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