Cable splicers connect cables together, often maintaining and installing cables for telecommunications companies. This work is usually done on call and in any type of weather. The cables that these professionals work with may be high in the air, underground or even underwater. If the cables are high up, cable splicers generally need to utilize elevated work platforms or cherry pickers. They may also climb utility poles to reach the specified area. If underground, cable splicers may need to descend into manholes and sewers to reach the needed area. If the cables are underwater, it is possible that they will work onboard a marine craft. After installing the cables, cable splicers must test them to ensure functionality and ensure the safety of the cables. The cables must be moisture- and fireproof. Aside from installation, cable splicers may also check faulty wiring and maintain installed cables.
Specific education is not necessary to be a cable splicer, though a high school diploma or equivalent is generally preferred. A valid driver's license and a commercial driver's license are highly preferred and often necessary to meet the job requirements. The ability to life heavy weights, stoop to fit into low or small spaces and climb to reach cables from utility poles are all necessary. Cable splicers must have good interpersonal skills and work well in a team setting, as cable splicers will often work in groups of at least two to fulfill their duties.
Cable Splicer Tasks
Operate spooling machinery.
Install, splice, test, and repair high voltage cables using tools or mechanical equipment.
Assemble and fabricate rope slings.
Inspect and test lines or cables, analyze results, and evaluate transmission characteristics.
Cover conductors with insulation or seal splices with moisture-proof covering.