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Working As A Communications Technician

  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • $61,730

    Average Salary

What Does A Communications Technician Do At Centurylink

* 1/8/2018
* Close Date: 1/15/2018
* Job Description
* Job Duties:
* Install and maintains Avaya Red, Avaya Blue, Avaya IP office, Call Pilot, Norstar, Nortel, BCM, Mitel and Shore Tel phone systems, IP switches, LAN/WAN networks and Vesta 911 systems.
* Test and repair all systems and services using the proper test equipment.
* Install and maintain data services and all associated equipment.
* Be responsible for all repair and returns of equipment and services maintained.
* Conduct professional training and instruction for customers on their new systems and services.
* Maintain expert technical proficiency on all services and systems in Centurylink’s product line, including successful completion of any required technical certification or training.
* Maintain inventory of Key/PBX spare parts, etc.
* Order equipment, generate material requisitions and follow the repair/return process.
* Conduct effective and courteous communication with customers and other employees.
* Participate in the “You Can” business referral program.
* Assist other technical personnel in the performance of their duties when requested.
* Observe all safety rules and regulations.
* Perform assigned work independently.
* Assume all other duties as assigned.
* Perform installation and repair (I&R) work for business as assigned by management

What Does A Communications Technician Do At Aecom

* Research technical documentation and develop test plans for use in troubleshooting, fault localization and failure analysis
* Test, Troubleshoot, remove, rebuild and/or replace, reinstall and re-test Common Submarine Radio Room (CSRR) Systems equipment, and associated cabling
* Assist with the identification of, and procurement of required repair parts
* Experience with providing corrective maintenance, installation, testing, and troubleshooting of Radio Room transceiver/receiver systems to include Digital Modular Radio, DAMA/MINI DAMA, HF, LF, SHR and VLF systems.
* Provide analysis of antenna pattern field strength measurements
* Assist with the troubleshooting and corrective maintenance of periscope GPS and communication antennas, for outboard and inboard units
* Assist with the removal of obsolete equipment and the installation and testing of updated/upgraded CSRR units
* Provide training on CSRR repair procedures and associated equipment as required

What Does A Communications Technician Do At City of Seattle

* This position supports the Water Line of Business and the Drainage and Wastewater Line of Business and requires a unique skill set of both field and bench work.
* IT component involves data acquired from field instruments that is transmitted to a control center via a dedicated SCADA network;
* Work across SPU lines of business (water, wastewater and solid waste) supporting the network infrastructure (hardware) and applications (software) components of the SCADA system;
* Install and maintain field instrumentation and control equipment across all lines of business (water, wastewater, solid waste);
* Build, install and maintain operating SCADA telecommunication systems, including network hardware and programmable logic controllers and field equipment;
* Create input/update wiring diagrams, schematics, prints, as-builts and other documentation;
* Maintain and calibrate equipment including flow monitors, level monitors, pressure monitors and rain gauge sensors;
* Provide 24/7 on-call support to promptly repair malfunctioning SCADA components

What Does A Communications Technician Do At City of Chattanooga Tn

* The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities.
* Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)
* Maintains and calibrates a wide variety of electronic communications equipment such as 800 MHz trunked communication systems; conventional repeaters and control stations at various remote sites; local area networks for mobile data, fault management and 911 dispatch radio consoles at local and remote sites; microwave radio links interconnecting Prime, Master and remote sites; subscriber units; mobile data devices and automatic vehicle location devices; Homeland Security and Interoperability communications equipment and vehicles; emergency command post communications equipment; a variety of emergency services communication consoles; antennas and transmission lines and/or other related items.
* Detects, identifies, isolates, analyzes and troubleshoots a wide variety of electronic communications equipment, units and systems.
* Removes, installs and tests a variety of electronics communications equipment including public safety trunking systems and associated equipment, RF antennas and transmission lines, RF base stations and repeaters, telecom circuits, local area networks, mobile data networks and equipment, automatic vehicle location systems, wireless data systems, emergency dispatch systems, fire hall alerting systems, mobile radios and/or other related items.
* Prepares and maintains a variety of databases, files, records and associated documentation related to electronics communication equipment.
* Provides technical support and training related to electronics communications equipment to a variety of internal customers and subscriber agencies; participates in emergency incident response to monitor and ensure the functionality of applicable electronics communication equipment.
* Uses, carries and answers their cell phone for business purposes as determined by the assigned job duties and the department head.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Communications Technician Do At Integrated Electrical Services

* The Communications Technician II will install a work area outlet for floor, modular furniture and wall terminate CAT 3 & CAT 5 jacks.
* Mount face plates and surface mount boxes correctly.
* Adhere to Company labeling standards.
* The Communications Technician II will build closets Mount and install backboards, cross connects, racks, patch panels, fiber optic and hardware.
* Install grounding for racks, equipment and cable as required.
* Complete all IDC connections e.g. terminate 110/66 blocks and patch panels.
* Employer's Job# 2018
* Please visit job URL for more information about this opening and to view EOE

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How To Become A Communications Technician

Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers typically need postsecondary education in electronics, telecommunications, or computer technology and receive on-the-job training. Industry certification is required for some positions.


Postsecondary education in electronics, telecommunications, or computers is typically needed for telecom technicians. 

Technical instruction in basic electronics, telecommunications, and computer science offered in community colleges and technical schools may be particularly helpful. Most programs lead to a certificate or an associate’s degree in electronics repair, computer science, or related subjects.

Some employers prefer to hire candidates with an associate’s degree, particularly for positions such as central office technicians, headend technicians, and those working with commercial communications systems.


Once hired, telecom technicians receive on-the-job training, typically lasting a few months. Training involves a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on work with an experienced technician. In these settings, workers learn the equipment’s internal parts and the tools needed for repair. Technicians who have completed postsecondary education often require less on-the-job instruction than those who have not. 

Some companies may send new employees to training sessions to learn about equipment, procedures, and technologies offered by equipment manufacturers or industry organizations.

Because technology in this field constantly changes, telecom technicians must continue learning about new equipment over the course of their careers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some technicians must be certified to perform certain tasks or to work on specific equipment. Certification requirements vary by employer and specialization.

Organizations, such as the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, offer certifications for telecom technicians. Some manufacturers also provide certifications for working with specific equipment.


Advancement opportunities often depend on previous work experience and training. Repairers with extensive knowledge of equipment may be qualified to become manufacturing sales representatives.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Telecom technicians must be able to distinguish different colors because they work with color-coded wires.

Customer-service skills. Telecom technicians who work in customers’ homes and offices, should be friendly and polite. They must be able to teach people how to maintain and operate communications equipment.

Dexterity. Telecom technicians’ tasks, such as repairing small devices, connecting components, and using hand tools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Telecom technicians must be familiar with the devices they install and repair, their internal parts, and the appropriate tools needed to use, install, or fix them. They must also be able to understand manufacturers’ instructions when installing or repairing equipment.

Troubleshooting skills. Telecom technicians must be able to troubleshoot and devise solutions to problems that are not immediately apparent.

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Communications Technician Career Paths

Communications Technician
Network Technician Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Engineer Senior Software Engineer
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Technical Support Specialist Senior System Administrator
Data Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Field Service Technician Field Engineer Project Engineer
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Senior Field Engineer
Field Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Driver Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Field Service Technician Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Electronics Technician Installation Technician
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Service Manager Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Service Manager
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Engineer Quality Engineer
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Project Manager Product Manager
Research And Development Technician
6 Yearsyrs
Electronics Technician Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Field Technician Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Communications Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • French

  • German

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Japanese

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Hebrew

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Korean

  • Tagalog

  • Swedish

  • Swahili

  • Latvian

  • Marathi

  • Gujarati

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Top Communications Technician Skills

  1. Internet Services
  2. Telephone Systems
  3. Fiber Optic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed cable television, telephone, and high speed internet services for residential customers in the Gadsden, Alabama area.
  • Service Technician Servicing telephone systems for businesses.
  • Work Description: Installation and termination of structured wiring and fiber optic cable at business customer premises
  • Trouble shooting of maintenance tickets called in by customers having problems with their data service.
  • Worked with products such as Video on Demand, High Definition and Digital Video Recorder.

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