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Fibre optic technicians maintain digital and fibre optic systems and install broadband internet and phone networks.
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There are multiple routes to becoming a fibre optic technician. You could complete a college course or an apprenticeship.
You should explore these routes to becoming a fibre optic technician to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.
You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.
There are various college courses you could take to help you on your journey to becoming a fibre optic technician, such as a:
You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science, for these courses.
You could train to become a fibre optic technician by completing an intermediate apprenticeship as a telecoms field operative, or an advanced apprenticeship as a communications technician or cable installer.
You’ll need a minimum of:
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you’ll be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.
Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a fibre optic technician. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a fibre optic technician include:
As a fibre optic technician, you will install and maintain fibre optic telecommunications, such as broadband, mobile and landline phone networks, and digital systems.
The job role of a fibre optic technician involves the following duties:
The expected salary for a fibre optic technician varies as you become more experienced.
Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.
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Check out the latest fibre optic technician vacancies:
As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.
As a fibre optic technician, you could undertake training to progress into a role as a team leader or move into electrical engineering.
You could also become self-employed and set up your own electrical installation business.