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Technical cable jointer

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Summary of occupation

Cable jointers lay, joint, terminate and repair underground power cable. Cable jointers lay new power cables through underground pipes and terminate them at electrical equipment. They also conduct tests to check cable integrity and locate faults.

ANZSCO description: Joins insulated electric power cables installed  in underground conduits and trenches, and prepares cable terminations  for connection to electrical equipment and overhead lines.  Registration or licensing may be required.
Alternative names: Cable Jointer, Electric Cable Jointer
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A cable jointer needs:

  • to enjoy practical work
  • to be comfortable working at heights
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • to be safety conscious
  • good problem solving skills
  • to use a range of hand tools and portable power tools
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Working conditions

Cable jointers work outdoors in most weather conditions, and may be in confined spaces. In order to minimise the risks associated with working with high-voltage electricity, they must follow strict safety requirements. They may also be expected to be on call to respond to emergencies that occur outside of regular hours.

Cable jointers can be employed by government owned electricity network operates, by specialised cable jointing companies, by electrical contractors or by large companies who operate their own private electricity network.

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Salary details

On average, technical cable jointers can expect to earn between $1 538 and $2 308 per week ($80 000 and $120 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As a technical cable jointer develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

Cable jointers lay insulated power cables and use specialised tools and electrical equipment to joint and terminate these cables. They also use electrical instruments, such as multimeters, insulation resistance testers and specialised instruments to assess the cables integrity and whether it is performing appropriately.

Safety is a key concern when working with power cables, so cable jointers must wear protective clothing including, protective clothing, safety footwear, safety glasses and for some tasks they must wear specialised personal protective equipment.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a technical cable jointer you usually need to complete an apprenticeship. The electrical supply industry (ESI) cable jointing apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete.

To work as a technical cable jointer in Western Australia, you must obtain an electrical licence. Contact EnergySafety, the Department of Commerce (WA) for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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