A cable television installer sets up telecommunication wires in homes, offices, and other settings in which cable television is requested. In order to gain access to cable television (and, in some cases, Internet and telephone service) individuals first need to have the proper equipment set up; this requires installation by a knowledgeable, qualified individual. The cable television installer runs a fiber optic cable from the main cable source to the installation site. After the wires are secured in place, the installer then hooks the wires into a cable monitor box that allows for access to the channels for which the subscriber paid. Depending on how many boxes subscribers want installed, installers may need to run additional wires into other rooms and repeat the installation process.
A cable television installer may also be responsible for repairs. When customers experience trouble, installers may be called in to run a diagnostic check to determine the issue and fix the problem if possible. In some cases, this professional may need additional assistance from the cable provider to resolve issues.
Cable television installer positions generally require a high school diploma or equivalent, with relevant trade school training required or preferred. Previous experience with installation is often required or preferred as well.
Cable Television Installer Tasks
Gather equipment and supplies and coordinate with customers to prepare for installations.
Maintain inventory and place orders to replenish stock.
Maintain documents for installations, repairs, and other assorted services.
Install, program, and calibrate equipment, and troubleshoot any problems.