Cable Technician/Splicer

Fiber splicing is the process to join two optical fibers together so the light can pass through from one fiber to the other. There are two types of fiber splicing, both can accomplish the task.

A fiber splicer installs, repairs, and maintains fiber optic wires that are used in high-speed communications. A professional uses a number of specialized tools and techniques to cut, connect and test wires. He or she usually receives specialized training on how to diagnose problems with cables and make delicate repairs. An expert fiber splicer might work in a consumer electronics manufacturing plant as an assembler and installer or a communications company, such as a cable television and Internet provider, as a fiber optic technician.

Optical fibers are minuscule wires made of glass or plastic that are capable of transmitting massive amounts of information through pulsations of light. The process of splicing fibers together involves carefully cutting and exposing bare fibers, then joining the ends using specialized crimping tools, glues and precision arc welders. Bundles of fibers are usually wrapped together into a cable and insulated with a moisture-proof sheath. Professional fiber splicers frequently attach adapters on the ends of finished cables so they may be plugged into computers or other electronic devices.

Professionals who work in manufacturing plants prepare, cut and splice fiber optic cables for use in consumer electronics, computers, and other commercial devices. Fiber splicers might arrange fragile wires, weld or glue pieces together and aid in their installation and assembly into various products, such as wireless adapters and sensors. They also prefabricate couplers and joiners and insulate cables for use in large-scale communications.

A fiber optic technician at a communications company may specialize in splicing and installing cables inside homes and businesses or maintaining outdoor and underground lines. A fiber splicer must be able to accurately measure lines, cleave them at the appropriate place, identify individual fibers based on their color and arrangement within a cable and splice them with auxiliary fibers that attach to computers, wireless routers and cable outlets.


  • Experience in fiber splicing, copper splicing and use of electronic test equipment is preferred

  • Cable installation(blowing) experience a plus

  • Basic computer/software skills

  • Any form of telecommunication experience