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#605881 11/30/16 01:44 AM
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Hey guys! Years ago I used to work in the telecom field (installing copper and fiber)then there was a major layoff so I maanged to find work for an IT agency mainly mainframes (no joy). After years of fighting management I managed find a job elsewhere to a Telecom Agency where I became a field tech. My main job is working with old analog and digital phones. I work in various old buildings where I see 66, bix, krone blocks (all mixed together), bad conditions, and hardly labeled. So I am learning how to trace via tone tester, punching down, setting up voicemail; but I realized I forgotten a lot and I need to learn more (quickly) especially if I want to hold onto this position. I am learning as much as I can OJT, but it is not enough.
So can anyone recommended more sites like this one and what schools in NYC or online can help train me to be a better telecom phone tech. Need all the help I can. Thank you so much.

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Dude,
I hate to say it but it's trial and error. Either you know it or not. Unless you have a good on the fly knowledge base IE an old timer on speed dial. You are going to be on your own alot. This is a dying trade with IT guys who think they can do it better. Uh huh NO


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I've been on the Teracom mail list for several years, but I can't remember if I actually ordered the course or not. At $200, it's a bit pricey, but I would guess it's filled with a lot of refresher material. https://www.teracomtraining.com/textbook/t101.htm

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I think any material or course available today is going to be more IT centric than ancient history. I doubt that material covering what you are doing would be a big seller. Besides, how would you condense a careers worth of learned knowledge into something that would be useful to a reader? All of us "old timers" learned our craft by actually doing the work and AFAIC that's the only way to do it. Yes, this is a dying trade. As far as the IT weenies that are taking over are concerned, all of that stuff is obsolete as is our jobs. About the only advice I can give you is to do your best and enjoy it while you can. Fortunately I'm ready to retire- and not a moment too soon.

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Might try searching through Sandman's site, he had a lot of how too stuff. Here's a start


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Thank you for your reply. I am on the fence if telecom is a dying field, but I do agree IT wannabes are moving in along with project 'weekend warriors' who figure they can do it better or save money in the short rung. Anyway thank you for the advice.

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Well, you can look at it this way- if you become really proficient you will be one of the few left who can do this kind of work. Like 1A2 though, how much will be left as time goes on.

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Just be sure to document any wiring changes that you make on those old terminals. That's a CYA that you can take to the bank!


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Yes, please document all the wiring for the record.


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