Line Installer and Repairer apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Line Installer and Repairer

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Line Installer and Repairer apprenticeship

DOT code: 822.381-014

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Installs and repairs telephone and telegraph lines, poles, and related equipment, according to diagrams, and using electrician's handtools: Digs holes, using power auger or shovel, hoists poles upright in holes, using truck‑mounted winch, and fills and tamps holes, using cement, earth, and tamping device. Ascends poles or enters tunnels and sewers to cut in feeder lines, attach appliances, such as terminal boxes and repeaters, and repair or replace defective lines and auxiliary equipment. Unreels and strings lines from pole to pole and from pole to building, installs hardware, such as conduits and insulators, and attaches appliances on lines. Pulls lines through ducts by hand or with use of winch.

Work process schedule

Task Hours
A. Pole line construction: poles (500) and guying (600) 1100
B. Cable construction: aerial (1200), block (700), house (600) and underground (500), and tape armored and jute covered cable (500). 3500
C. Wire construction: open (700), block and drop wire (800), tree pruning (500). 2000
D. Repetition, review, and miscellaneous 1400
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) total hours: 8000

Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

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