A communications worker works with and installs communications equipment in the fields of line construction (outside plant), splicing (construction and maintenance), installation and repair (residential and commercial), central office and customer owned premise equipment. The work is often in confined spaces and highly technical. It will also involve working outside in adverse conditions or handling heavy conductors and equipment. Regardless of the field of communications you choose to specialize in, all telephone workers and apprentices must learn to climb poles and work at heights.
School consists of an initial eight-week session with three additional eight-week sessions during on-the-job training. Classes are held eight hours a day, five days a week, at the Electrical Training Centers in Anchorage and Fairbanks. There is a total of 1280 hours of class-related training.