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Telecommunications Industry

TLP IndustryTelecommunications is the backbone of our constantly evolving digital world, employing more than 123,000 people across the U.S.

What Does a Telecommunications Lineworker Do?

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What Does a Telecommunications Lineworker Do?

After graduating and starting your career, as a Telecommunications Lineworker, you’ll be on the frontlines of our nation’s rapidly advancing information and communications technologies, keeping America connected.

Your day-to-day will be filled with challenges and responsibilities that may include:

  • Installing and updating the latest technologies for 5G cellular, data, WIFI, radio, cable TV, and telephone networks
  • Building, troubleshooting, and repairing fiber optic, coax, and copper cable lines, and equipment
  • Constructing and maintaining wireless towers, antennas, and amplifiers
  • Working in elevated positions on poles, towers, and in aerial lifts, using the latest safety devices and procedures
  • Operating cranes, digger derrick trucks, bucket trucks, and other heavy equipment

Start your 7-week training now — learn about the Telecommunications Lineworker Program (TLP)

Safety Comes First

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Safety Comes First

Today, all the tools, procedures, and safety gear exist for lineworkers to enjoy a long and rewarding career

  • Comprehensive OSHA regulations
  • Formalized training and standardized procedures
  • Advanced climbing gear, including fall-arresting SuperSqueeze

Growing Demand

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Growing Demand

With the nation's demand for fiber optic broadband and advanced 5G technology at an all-time high, so is the demand for skilled telecom lineworkers.

Reasons you can expect a stable, long-term career:

  • Increasing demand for qualified technicians as retirement rates increase
  • Fiber optic broadband currently only reaches ⅓ of nation’s homes
  • New 5G network will require 1.3 million miles of fiber optic cable placement over the next few years
  • Cannot be outsourced

Start your 7-week training now — learn about the Telecommunications Lineworker Program (TLP)

Career Opportunities

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Career Opportunities

NLC Telecommunications Lineworker Program graduates have many career options with communications utilities and companies, including:

  • Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers
  • Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers
  • Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
  • First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
  • Crane and Tower Operators
  • Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers
  • Helpers – Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers
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Career Advancement Opportunities

Many graduates who work with utility companies go on to become:

  • Crew Leader
  • Superintendent
  • Project Director
  • Safety Officer
  • Training Director
The Telecom Industry is booming. It Is the Greatest Choice I ever made.
— Casey Whorton,
NLC Graduate
The Telecom Industry is booming. It Is the Greatest Choice I ever made.
— Casey Whorton,
NLC Graduate
Casey Whorton

Start your 7-week training now — learn about the Telecommunications Lineworker Program (TLP)