What they do
Telecommunications linesworkers install, maintain and repair the infrastructure needed for the telecommunications network in Western Australia. This includes the aerial lines, underground cables, and radio and mobile phone antennae used for telephone, pay television, radio and internet networks
While most telecommunications linesworkers work for telecommunications companies, there are employment opportunities with the Australian Defence Force as Army Telecommunications Technicians.
Telecommunications linesworkers work all over Western Australia to maintain the infrastructure needed for our telecommunications networks. They generally work normal business hours but may be on call for after-hours emergencies. Depending on their location, some travel may be required.
Tools and technologies
Telecommunications linesworkers work with different telecommunications infrastructure, including aerial wires, and underground cables and radio and mobile phone antennae. They use electrical instruments to locate faults in telecommunications infrastructure and use special equipment to join cables and seal sheaths. Telecommunications lineworkers may also use elevated platforms to work on aerial wires.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become a telecommunications linesworker you usually need to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Required registration and licensing
To work as a telecommunications linesworker undertaking cabling activities in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from an Australian Communications and Media Authority authorised registrar or work under the supervision of a registered cabler.