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Cable installers work in homes and businesses to install and repair telecommunications cables for phone lines, internet access, and cable television.

Career Details


Students in Network Cable Installation are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Installing data and fiber optic cabling
  • Inspecting or testing lines or cables to assess cable viability and locate faults or malfunctions
  • Using hand tools, epoxy, or mechanical equipment to splice cables
  • Reassembling machines after making repairs or replacing parts
  • Testing circuits and equipment components for pieces that are not working correctly

Career Options

Most Network Cable Installation graduates go to work for telecommunications companies that have extensive cable and fiber optic networks. Network cable installers typically work normal business hours but may have to be on call at night or over the weekend to make repairs for clients or to handle emergencies.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete all required activity in the Career Preparation Period, including Career Exploration and Career Success/Workplace Skills.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Job Corps’ Network Cable Installation training program provides students with the opportunity to receive training and certification in two different areas—Copper-Based Installation and Fiber Optics-Based Installation

Network Cable Installation Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career

Completion times vary by training area. Check with your admissions advisor.


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Listening skills
Problem-solving skills