Telecommunications Linesworkers install, maintain and repair external telecommunication equipment such as aerial lines, conduits and underground cables, radio and mobile phone antennae, and limited items of terminal equipment.

Specialisations: Operator Bearer Systems (Army).

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in telecommunications technology is needed to work as a Telecommunications Linesworker.

Tasks

  • Installs cabling for telephone, radio, pay tv and computer transmission.
  • Joins cables and seals sheaths with lead and thermoplastic.
  • Erects, tests and maintains aerial and underground wires and cables, and radio and mobile phone antennae.
  • Installs telecommunications equipment and appliances such as telephones, switchboards and data transmission equipment.

All Telecommunications Trades Workers

  • $1,656 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Telecommunications Linesworkers

  • 1,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Telecommunications Linesworkers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 1,500 in 2011 to 1,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Telecommunications Linesworkers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Construction; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Telecommunications Trades Workers.

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications62.3
Construction26.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.9
Manufacturing1.0
Other Industries5.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTelecommunications LinesworkersAll Jobs Average
NSW28.331.6
VIC24.925.6
QLD19.020.0
SA8.67.0
WA11.910.8
TAS4.62.0
NT1.11.0
ACT1.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTelecommunications LinesworkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.6-5.05.0
20-2412.8-9.39.3
25-3423.5-22.922.9
35-4418.6-22.022.0
45-5422.2-21.621.6
55-5910.9-9.09.0
60-646.1-6.06.0
65 and Over2.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationTelecommunications LinesworkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV46.6-21.121.1
Year 1216.8-18.118.1
Year 117.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below17.3-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in telecommunications technology is needed to work as a Telecommunications Linesworker.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Telecommunications Linesworker.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • working at heights ticket
  • elevated platform ticket
  • forklift licence

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Telecommunications Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Telecommunications

    79% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  2. Customer and personal service

    62% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Computers and electronics

    57% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. English language

    54% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  5. Public safety and security

    52% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9052.00 - Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    97% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    96% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  3. Contact with people

    96% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    95% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  5. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9052.00 - Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers.

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