Ethernet Products

Data Network Cabling Technicians Job Discussion

We interviewed three structured cabling technicians from our parent company, Nova Voice & Data Systems, based on questions we received from our customers, YouTube fans, and Facebook followers. During this Q&A panel, they discuss the skills and knowledge they use in installing phone systems and data network infrastructure. The entire discussion was about an hour long, so we broke it up into 4 videos, labeled by topic.

Our network cabling technicians are speaking from the context of working in the United States and specializing in solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipal buildings. There may be some differences in industry practice compared to government contractors, cable television carriers, telephone companies, or other countries.

Part 1: Network Cable Termination Standards and Color Code

  • The importance of network cable color codes and wire sequence standards
  • Using the T568B color sequence vs. T568A


Part 2: Working as a Network Cabling Tech and How to Build Job Skills

  • Job description for data network cabling (low-voltage structured cabling)
  • Hard skills and soft skills needed for a network cabling technician job
  • Tasks performed by network cabling technicians
  • How to get into the structured cabling field
  • Structured cable job training
  • When to use shielded cable


Part 3: Using Twisted Pair Ethernet Cable, Fiber Optic Cable, and Coaxial Cable

  • Characteristics of twisted pair Ethernet cable, fiber optic cable, and coaxial cable
  • Maximum distance of Ethernet cable
  • When to use fiber optic cable
  • Differences between coaxial cable and twisted pair Ethernet cable


Part 4: Patch Panels, Cable Bundling, and Cross-talk

  • Purpose of a patch panel
  • Can a patch panel be reused?
  • Cross-talk and large cable bundles


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Walt Disney Imagineering
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Qualcomm Technologies
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Dallas Police Dept
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U.S. Figure Skating, Colorado
Synergistic Systems Inc
Manatee County Government, FL
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City of Rehoboth BCH, DE
Barnstable Public Schools, MA
Rent-A-Center IT Dept
Super 8 IT Dept
First National Bank
Gruman Corp
City of Oceanside, CA
Hughs Enterprises
Sitemaster Inc
Trans Com Services, LA
Software Builders
ATS Communications Inc
Policy Studies Associates Inc, Wash DC
Ball Aerospace
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NGK Spark Plugs USA Inc
AVAYA Government Solutions
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UC Davis
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