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# 253104 26-Jul-2019 02:19
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I am interested in expanding my knowledge


and I want to get a job doing network cabling or fibre installs or telecommunications cabling or similar ( a line technician)


I do not have a certification in the cabling industry.


Not sure how I would go about getting some work so I could get certified.


I live in Chch. And I can only do it parttime maybe 10-15 hrs per week.


Any advice would be great, thanks





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  # 2283835 26-Jul-2019 08:37
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We use and recommend a company called CableNet ( to do data cabling for our clients, and they have a Chch branch.  Perhaps call Terry Powell the Director (I've been in contact with him recently) and ask him if you can be slave labour in their Chch branch.  I don't know how young/old you are, but I'd write down some 'selling points' to mention about yourself so you can speak a bit more confidently on the phone rather than just coming up with stuff on the fly.  These guys are very efficient in my experience, so even volunteering, expect to 'bring your A game'.


Remember that it's not just free labour 'no brainer' decision for them, and they are taking on Health & Safety responsibility by having you on site. 

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  # 2283836 26-Jul-2019 08:47
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Teltrac used to hire temps through Tech5 agency. I found Teltrac good to work for.




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  # 2283868 26-Jul-2019 09:36
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A 'proper' business might be a bit reluctant as there's always the risk that you'll be more hassle than you're worth (they don't know you or what you're capable of)


One way to start might be to find a UFB installer and work with them. I think Enable's supply chain isn't quite as dodgy as Chorus's (with subcontractors to subcontractors to subcontractors), but if you find a self employed contractor doing installs I'm sure they'd appreciate the help. This would be easy to get into, and make for a good stepping stone into 'proper' cabling

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Ultimate Geek


  # 2284275 26-Jul-2019 15:20
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Hi All


Thank you for those, I will follow up.




I have also found a course for premises cabling.


Its an 8 module course done through comms learning.


I've just been speaking to Andy from Comms and if I can get enough people 5 or 6 to come along he will come down to Chch


Its a three day course and he said I could pick the days so I should be able to get Fri, Sat and Sun.


I will let him know a date. It will be in a few months because I need to save up for the course fee.


But its something. And I can contact the cabling companies in Chch and see if they have people they want to send to it.


They will have to pay the course fee for each person they send of course.


Andy will try and market it as well. We think with all the building going on in Chch we shouldn't have a problem getting people.


I will post a link when I get one from Andy in case any of you guys are interested in doing the course.


I will decide on a tentative date for the course which will be Sept or Oct.


Wow, I think that is a positve result.


Thank you for the inspiration :)



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Uber Geek

  # 2284284 26-Jul-2019 15:32
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I honestly don't know what material you could go through for three days on structured cabling.


I guess for a total newbie who knows absolutely nothing, it could be beneficial. But I would hope 2.5 of the 3 days was hands on mucking around with tools, splicers, testing tools etc. The fact is data cabling is 99% labour running the cable, and the remainder is fit off and 'best practices'. You aren't going to learn the best way to run a cable from sitting in a seminar room and listening to someone talk.


If you are interested in fibre, I would assume there would be numerous UFB installer contractors who wouldn't mind a hand. But you would be running a single cable, and terminating two fibres. Again though, running the cable is 99% of it and doing it in residential situations always presents unique challenges that make commercial cabling a breeze.

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  # 2284419 26-Jul-2019 21:12
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The course fits in with my budget and time frames so from that point it works.


The course is a fibre optic association course, so that has to stand for something.


It has 8 modules and has an exam at the end.
They say its 50% hands on labs.


It at least will be better than nothing and in the three days I should get an idea if I am suited to the work.


I hope you are right about fibre people needing help. I think the course is worth the risk.


There are a lot of factors to weigh up. I am compiling a list of the cable businesses and I will contact them and try and get numbers for the course.


That will at least get me in physical contact with the types of companies I hope to work for.




This is the course outline:-




• Short history of communications


• Premises cabling


• Cabling standards


• Cables


Cabling Jargon


• The Language of Cabling


• Structured cabling terms


• Cables


• Terminations


• Cable testing


• Networks


Communications Networks and Applications


• Computer networks


• Residential, Industrial and other uses for structured cabling


• UTP cabling


• Fibre optics in structured cabling


• Fibre, copper or wireless?


Copper Cabling




• Other twisted pair cable types


• UTP cable termination


• Testing UTP cabling


• Co-ax cable in premises networks


Fibre Optic Cabling


• The role of fibre in premises networks


• Fibre 101


• Which fibre should you choose?


• Connectors


• Splices


• Fibre Testing




• Wireless in structured cabling


• Wireless standards


• “Wireless” backbones


• Wireless design

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