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Career and Education Opportunities for Television Cable Installers in Seattle, Washington

For those living in the Seattle, Washington area, there are many career and education opportunities for television cable installers. There are currently 2,960 jobs for television cable installers in Washington and this is projected to grow 16% to 3,430 jobs by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for television cable installers are expected to grow by about 0.9%. In general, television cable installers string and repair telephone and television cable, including fiber optics and other equipment for transmitting messages or television programming.

The income of a television cable installer is about $22 per hour or $47,630 per year on average in Washington. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $23 hourly or $48,090 yearly on average. Earnings for television cable installers are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Telecommunications in Washington and not quite as good as general Telecommunications category earnings nationally.

There are sixty-five schools of higher education in the Seattle area, including two within twenty-five miles of Seattle where you can get a degree to start your career as a television cable installer. The most common level of education for television cable installers is a high school diploma or GED. You can expect to spend only a short time training to become a television cable installer if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Television Cable Installer

Television Cable Installer video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, television cable installers string and repair telephone and television cable, including fiber optics and other equipment for transmitting messages or television programming.

Television cable installers clean and maintain tools and test equipment. They also splice cables, using hand tools or mechanical equipment. Equally important, television cable installers have to examine and test lines and cables, recording and analyzing test results, to gauge transmission characteristics and locate faults and malfunctions. They are often called upon to access specific areas to string lines and install terminal boxes and appliances, using bucket trucks, or by climbing poles and ladders or entering tunnels, trenches, or crawl spaces. They are expected to assemble services for customers. Finally, television cable installers place insulation over conductors, and seal splices with moisture-proof covering.

Every day, television cable installers are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they twist and stretch their arms and legs to get work done.

It is important for television cable installers to travel to customers' premises to install and repair audio and visual electronic reception equipment and accessories. They are often called upon to pull up cable by hand from large reels mounted on trucks; then pull lines through ducts by hand or with winches. They also lay underground cable directly in trenches, or string it through conduits running through trenches. They are sometimes expected to set up equipment such as amplifiers and repeaters so as to maintain the strength of communications transmissions. Somewhat less frequently, television cable installers are also expected to use a variety of construction apparatus to complete installations, including digger derricks and cable plows.

Television cable installers sometimes are asked to dig holes for power poles, using power augers or shovels, set poles in place with cranes, and hoist poles upright, using winches. They also have to be able to fill and tamp holes, using cement and tamping devices And finally, they sometimes have to set up equipment such as amplifiers and repeaters so as to maintain the strength of communications transmissions.

Like many other jobs, television cable installers must be reliable and be thorough and dependable.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Seattle include:

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Television Cable Installer Training

Seattle Community College-North Campus - Seattle, WA

Seattle Community College-North Campus, 9600 College Way North, Seattle, WA 98103-3599. Seattle Community College-North Campus is a medium sized college located in Seattle, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 6,159 students. Seattle Community College-North Campus has an associate's degree program in Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology which graduated one student in 2008.

Bates Technical College - Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College, 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. Bates Technical College is a medium sized college located in Tacoma, Washington. It is a public school with primarily 2-year programs and has 2,807 students. Bates Technical College has an associate's degree program in Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology which graduated three students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Commercial Installer, Level 1: This intensive five-day, 40-hour course is designed to provide entry level telecommunications cabling installers with the background, knowledge, and basic skills needed to function effectively on the job.

For more information, see the Building Industry Consulting Service International website.

Certified Customer Service Specialist: An individual who successfully passes ETA's World Class CSS Certification exam is professionally recognized as having the ability to uphold the interpersonal and business standards necessary in today's workplace.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Telecommunications: The following is a listing of the major areas required for courses, training or study in Telecommunications Electronics: 1.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Wireless Communications: Technicians seeking the ETA Certified Electronics Technician specialty are required to have a basic education in fundamental electronics.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Personal Communication Service - Cellular Technician: The name of this technician certification program is: PCS-C (PCS-Cellular Certification).

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Certified Fiber Optics Installer - Outside Plant: The Fiber Optic Installer-Outside Plant certification is designed after the FOI certification, with special emphasis on outside plant applications and standards.

For more information, see the ETA International website.

Broadband Transport Specialist: Certifies proficiency in the transport of signals, including aspects of the network from the headend to the hub and from the hub to the optical node.

For more information, see the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington
Seattle, Washington photo by Dschwen

Seattle is located in King County, Washington. It has a population of over 598,541, which has grown by 6.2% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Seattle, 126, is far greater than the national average. New single-family homes in Seattle are valued at $206,700 on average, which is well below the state average. In 2008, five hundred ninety-five new homes were built in Seattle, down from seven hundred seventy-five the previous year.

The three big industries for women in Seattle are health care, professional, scientific, and technical services, and educational services. For men, it is professional, scientific, and technical services, construction, and educational services. The average commute to work is about 25 minutes. More than 47.2% of Seattle residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 17.3%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Seattle is 7.8%, which is less than Washington's average of 8.7%.

The percentage of Seattle residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 37.3%, is less than the national average but more than the state average. The largest religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Seattle is home to the Berth 5 and the Akli Point Lighthouse as well as Lincoln Park and Myrtle Edwards Park. Shopping centers in the area include Lake City Shopping Center, Westwood Village Shopping Center and Oak Tree Village Shopping Center. Visitors to Seattle can choose from A-1 Motel, Arlington Suites and Marriott Sea-Tac Airport for temporary stays in the area.