Looking into training requirements and job outlook for network cabling careers in the Toronto area? You’ve come to the right place.
In this post, we look at typical course content for pre-apprenticeship network cabling programs; Ontario College of Trades certification requirements; and the latest employment data for cabling occupations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Training, Certification & Job Options for Network Cabling Technicians
For many people, entering the network cabling business begins with a quality network cabling training program. Pre-apprenticeship cabling programs typically take 360 hours to complete, and cover basic theory and hands-on training in areas such as:
- industry network cabling standards
- safety protocols and procedures
- interpreting network design documentation (diagrams, plans, blueprints, manuals and technical specifications)
- pulling and mounting cable
- identifying the best cables and wiring devices for various situations
- how to test cable using testing equipment
- labelling cable systems
- installing wallboard adapters and telecommunications outlet boxes
- choosing wiring closets and patch panel installation and termination
- installation of jacks
- troubleshooting cable systems
It’s important to note that the occupation “Network Cabling Specialist,” is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades.
Before pursuing an apprenticeship, students must first obtain a Certificate of Qualification by successfully challenging the C of Q exam and becoming members of the Ontario College of Trades.
For more details on the certification and membership process, take a look at this helpful fact-sheet for prospective network cabling specialists in Ontario.
What kinds of network cabling careers can you pursue after training? Job options include:
- CATV technician
- network cabling specialist
- computer technician
- telecommunication contractor
- fibre optics technician
Network Cabling Careers Supported by GTA’s Growing Population
The Government of Canada Job Bank reports steady job growth in network cabling and related fields for job hunters living in Ontario. For example, telecommunications line and cable technicians, fibre optics installers, and CATV technicians all received positive job outlooks in the latest research, published in December, 2016.
As a whole, this occupation was rated 2/3 stars for employability and job prospects, with demand expected to hold steady over the next several years.
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in particular looks good for new grads, as this region hosts the largest number of residential and non-residential facilities in the province.
Canada’s last national census showed that Ontario is still the country’s most populous province—and that several areas of the GTA have seen their populations double between 2011 and 2016 (Oakville, Brampton, and Milton are among the biggest-growing municipalities).
A steadily-climbing population makes the GTA a promising place to train for and launch a range of network cabling careers.
Wondering if you have the natural aptitude to be successful as a network cabling technician? This post lists the traits essential to the trade—take a look and see if you’ve got what it takes.
Average Salaries for Network Cable Technicians
According to Statistics Canada’s most recent Wage Report, network cable technicians in the Toronto region earn an average of $27/hour. At the lowest end of the pay scale, they’re earning about $16/hour, and at the highest, as much as $38/hour.
It’s important to note that salaries vary depending on the type of cabling work the technician does. CATV technicians, for example, earn an average salary of $22/hour. Demand in this area has dipped due to the growing popularity of internet streaming versus cable and satellite systems.
On the other hand, fibre optics technician salaries average $28/hour in the Toronto area.
Consider the Pre-Apprenticeship Training (PAT) Institute’s Network Cabling Training Program, delivered at both the Toronto and Cambridge campuses.
Visit the program page for details about coursework, admissions, and careers—or to chat live with a friendly advisor. We’re here to help!