While the Inside Wireman is installing the conduit and power feeders on a project, the Installer Technician is working beside the Wireman, installing the network of low voltage cabling that is used for video, voice and data or other low voltage signaling.
While most installations are in buildings that are partially or fully enclosed to protect from sun, wind and rain; these installations are often installed before air conditioning, heat or permanent light fixtures have been installed in the buildings, Many jobs, however, are existing buildings or offices; and some work may be outside under varying weather conditions.
Backbone voice and data cables are routed between the entrance facility, where communication signals enter a building; to equipment rooms and telephone rooms. Voice and data horizontal cables are routed between telephone rooms or equipment rooms and individual work stations throughout the building.
Equipment rooms often contain energized equipment such as hubs, file servers or telephone switches. These devices are configured and connected to the communications network that serves the building and must not be interrupted as a result of work performed by unqualified workers or those only partially trained.
The Installer Technician installs voice and data outlets at work stations. In addition, they install punch down blocks and cross connects in telephone rooms. These may be wall mounted or rack mounted and must be grouped and identified according to specific installation standards. Whether the work is in new construction or in existing office or manufacturing space, the IBEW-NECA craftsman takes pride in the work that he or she has and can perform.
The Electrical Training Alliance trains to TIA/EIA and other industry standards. The Electrical Training Alliance also partners with the major manufacturers in the video, voice and data industry to assure training in the latest technologies including training for manufactures warranted installs.
*These job duties were designated as critical job duties because they must be performed competently if the job is to be performed in a satisfactory manner.