The Army has one of the largest standing Army ground forces in the world. As a member of that force you will work as an Army Cable Communications technician, to help make sure that information and data gets where it is supposed to be, securely, swiftly traveling over the wired networks that the Army maintains. The Army Communications Cable Technicians work to ensure that all the communications cables, equipment and gear is in top working order. This equipment gives the Army the ability to direct and track aircraft, ship and troop movements to maintain battle and mission preparedness. Wired Cable systems are part of the Army communications network, and as such the Army Communications Cable Technicians are responsible for keeping the network up and running.
Army Systems Communications Cable installers and maintainers are tasked to be sure that all of the operation, installing, and performing of maintenance for wire and cable systems is properly performed and done on time. The maintenance of wired cable systems can be a daunting task that requires a lot of legwork and detailed inspection, and the Army communication Cable technician is the person that helps perform this type of work. As a Army Communications Specialist you will work to perform tasks such as: Testing circuits and groups to find trouble areas and fault lines, troubleshooting of wired communication cable systems, installing and maintaining wired security devices, and performing various tests to make sure that the equipment is working.
Other duties you will be involved in includes: stringing wire and overhead communications cables, assembling electrical cable between utility poles, aligning and calibration of various wired electrical components, and operating motorized and manual cable construction equipment. Working in this career field will allow you to earn an Associate Certified Electronics Technician certification if you so choose.
Job training to become an Army Communications Cable technician includes a total of 16 weeks of training. The First 9 weeks will be Basic Combat training, where you will learn how to be an Army enlisted person. Then you will spend seven weeks in Cable Maintenance and Installation school, where you will learn a variety of basic electrical principals and cable installation procedures. You will learn line installation, wiring techniques, preventative cable maintenance solutions, and other topics in both classroom and on the job training. Civilian jobs include work in the Cable Television and Telecom industries.