Many businesses rely on Network Cabling Specialists to ensure that their wireless system networks stay productive and competitive. When these networking systems crash, down time leads to lost profits through decreased worker productivity, slowdown of business processes and even frustrated and disgruntled customers. This makes the job of a Network Cabling Specialists crucial to many businesses and organizations.
Unlike the regulated apprenticeship processes associated with electrical apprenticeships, plumbing apprenticeships and HVAC apprenticeships, Network Cabling does not involve a license and a Certificate of Qualifications exam to work in the trade. Rather, a Network Cabling apprenticeship involves the individual’s progress through an organization which ultimately qualifies them a qualified Network Cabling Specialist. Thus, the accumulations of 9,000 working hours and the additional 36 weeks of apprenticeship training are not required however most telecommunication companies will do their training in-house.
The typical duties of a Network Cabling technician include:
- Determining locations for networking capability and the hardware required
- Installing routers and switches
- Conducting tests to inspect and certify safety of equipment installed
- Repairing and maintaining networking equipment
- Installation of fiber-optic and Coaxial cables
- Some technicians with greater experience and a higher skill-set may also be responsible for designing and implementing complex wiring systems in areas that lack existing networking systems
- This would involve the Network Cabling technician to map out a plan using blueprints of the building and meets with engineers and other installations technicians.
Network Cabling Specialists must also have strong analytical sense in order to interpret job diagrams, plans and technical specifications to develop the necessary knowledge of various networking equipment and systems. More too, they must be able to perform site inspections to verify cable pathways and spaces, take measurements as well as make accurate calculations for the telecommunications materials to be installed. These professionals must also be adept at installing and pulling cable pathways, as well as cable supports and select proper network cables for type, size, length, fire and performance rating.