Data Cable Engineer

Posted 29 November 2023
Salary £160 - £180 per day
Job type Contract
Discipline Telecoms
Contact NameJake Hayes-Peters

Job description

Position: Data Cabling Engineer (Temp/Contract/Freelance)
Department: Information Technology / Network Infrastructure
Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK
Job Summary: We are seeking a skilled and dedicated Data Cabling Engineer to join our Information Technology team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the installation, testing, and termination of Cat6 and Cat6a branded copper cables to ensure a reliable and efficient network infrastructure. The role involves working closely with the IT team to maintain high-quality data connectivity, support network expansion, and ensure optimal performance.

  1. Cabling Installation:
  • Plan, install, and route Cat6 and Cat6a copper cables according to industry standards and best practices.
  • Mount, secure, and organize cable pathways, including cable trays, conduits, and wall penetrations.
  • Install cable connectors, outlets, and termination panels in compliance with design specifications.
  1. Termination and Labeling:
  • Terminate copper cables onto jacks, connectors, and patch panels with precise attention to detail and adherence to industry standards.
  • Ensure proper labeling of cables, connectors, and outlets for easy identification and maintenance.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of cable layouts, terminations, and labeling.
  1. Testing and Troubleshooting:
  • Conduct comprehensive cable testing using appropriate tools to validate signal quality, continuity, and performance.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve connectivity issues, signal degradation, and other cable-related problems.
  • Utilize testing equipment such as cable testers and certification tools to ensure compliance with required specifications.
  1. Quality Assurance:
  • Ensure all cabling work is performed to high quality standards and follows company policies and guidelines.
  • Perform quality checks on cable installations to confirm compliance with industry standards and design specifications.
  1. Network Expansion:
  • Collaborate with IT team members to support network expansion projects and ensure seamless integration of new cabling.
  • Participate in designing and implementing cable layouts for new network infrastructure components.
  1. Health and Safety:
  • Adhere to safety protocols and guidelines to prevent accidents and maintain a safe working environment.
  • Operate tools and equipment safely and responsibly, following industry best practices.

  • High school diploma or equivalent; additional technical certifications or coursework in cabling and network infrastructure is a plus.
  • Proven experience as a Data Cabling Engineer or similar role, with expertise in Cat6 and Cat6a copper cable installation, termination, and testing.
  • Familiarity with relevant cabling standards, such as TIA/EIA and ISO/IEC.
  • Proficiency in using cable testing and certification tools.
  • Strong understanding of network topologies, protocols, and network equipment.
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings, schematics, and cabling diagrams.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with a keen attention to detail.
  • Effective communication skills to collaborate with IT team members and project stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team in various environments, including office spaces, data centers, and remote locations.
  • Strong commitment to safety and adherence to industry regulations.

General tools required for this job:-

  1. Cable Stripping and Cutting Tools:
  • Cable stripper: Used to remove the outer insulation from cables.
  • Cable cutter: Used to cut cables to appropriate lengths.
  1. Termination Tools:
  • RJ45 crimping tool: Used to attach RJ45 connectors to the ends of Ethernet cables.
  • Punch-down tool: Used for terminating cables on patch panels, keystone jacks, and outlets.
  1. Testing and Certification Tools:
  • Cable tester: Used to test cable continuity, signal quality, and detect faults.
  • Cable certifier: Provides detailed analysis and certification of cable performance against industry standards.
  • Tone generator and probe: Used to trace and identify cables within a bundle or behind walls.
  1. Labeling and Identification Tools:
  • Cable labels and markers: Used to label and identify cables, connectors, and outlets.
  • Label printer: Used to create professional labels for cables and equipment.
  1. Measuring and Alignment Tools:
  • Tape measure or ruler: Used to measure cable lengths accurately.
  • Level: Ensures proper alignment of cable pathways and connectors.
  1. Cable Management Tools:
  • Cable ties and Velcro straps: Used for bundling and organizing cables.
  • Cable clips and mounts: Secure cables along walls, ceilings, or other surfaces.
  1. Drilling and Mounting Tools:
  • Power drill and bits: Used to create holes for cable pass-throughs and mounting hardware.
  • Screwdrivers and wall anchors: Required for mounting cable trays, conduits, and outlets.
  1. Safety Gear:
  • Safety glasses: Protects eyes from debris and potential hazards.
  • Work gloves: Provides hand protection during installation and cable handling.
  1. Tool Bag or Pouch:
  • Keeps tools organized and easily accessible during installation tasks.
  1. Documentation Tools:
  • Pen and notepad or mobile device: Used to document cable layouts, terminations, and labeling.
  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
  • Steel-toed boots: Provides foot protection in potentially hazardous environments.
  • Hard hat: Required in construction or industrial settings.
  1. Optional Tools:
  • Cable fish tape or rods: Used to guide cables through walls, ceilings, or conduits.
  • Cable lubricant: Assists in pulling cables through tight spaces.
  • Cable toner and probe: Helps identify specific cables in a bundle.
If you are a motivated Data Cabling Engineer with a passion for maintaining robust network infrastructure and ensuring seamless connectivity, we encourage you to apply. Contact Jake on