Underground Wire & Cable Laying Contractors
Workers employed by underground wire and cable laying contractors need to know how to work with equipment used to install electric power cables, speaker wire, television cables, and fiber optic cables for internet connections.
Some of the employees might have learned to work with high voltage equipment at trade schools. Others, however, learn the skills that they need to lay different types of copper and fiber wires underground. This often involves cutting and crimping the wire, avoiding power lines, and digging holes to install the proper PVC shields or panels.
Engineers that work for these contractors often have degrees that have provided them with the training that they need to design high voltage utility terminals. Although they might assist during the installation process, it is also their responsibility to decide which gauge of flexible copper wires, conduits, and shields should be used during the project.
Managers that work for the contracting company oversee the workers to make sure that projects are executed according to plan. Depending on the company, managers might also be in charge of purchasing phone cords, utility lines, and digging equipment. They can help keep costs low for the company by contacting several wholesale distributors and deciding which one has the best price for the supplies.
Customer service representatives that work for the contractor often answer phones and provide information to potential clients. They need good communication and record keeping skills so that they can arrange appointments with clients and learn what types of services, products of equipment the client might need for their project.