The Basic Tools of a Telecom Technician

For a tech working in any industry, a proper tool-kit is vital to performing their job. Telecom installers and maintenance techs are no exception.

For those working in a telecom field, a proper kit of telecom tools is needed. Those that belong to a mechanic won't suffice, even though they both use the standard array of screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. The specialized duties of these jobs call for a special set of gear.

Telecom Tech's Toolkit

Lineman's Handset

Lineman's Handset with Clips

Similar to a standard "house-phone", a Lineman's Handset (aka: "Butt-phone") is used to test the functionality of phone lines. Built to withstand industrial use, these phone are typically compact and durable. Used to listen for a dial-tone, as well as calling out over tone or pulse networks , these phones assist a technician in determining if service to a single line is active or if something is damaged. The most noticable difference between this handset and a regular phone is the lack of a traditional phone connection. A Lineman's Handset uses alligator clips in order to clamp directly onto the wires or connectors.

Electrical Multimeter

Typical Multimeter

Normally found in an Electrician's tool-kit, Multimeters have found their way onto the belt of telecom repair techs. These little devices measure the electrical current within a line. This allows for a faster determination of whether or not a line is currently transmitting, and it can even assist in finding out if a cable is operating at a reduced capacity due to a fault in the network.

Cable Crimper

Cable Crimper for mid-range Copper Connectors

Many people are unaware of exactly how wires end up in a network. They don't all come with plugs or connectors built in, and even if they did, on occasion they become damaged and need repair. Cable Crimpers come in many varieties and sizes and many are even application specific. Crimpers are basically a set of pliers, but with the ability to strip cable ends as well as attach connectors. Common uses in Telecom for these tools are to connect and repair Coaxial cables, Phone lines, and Ethernet cords.

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