Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:41 PM
I may be of some help. Youll have to think about what you want to do becuase the premise techs and outside techs job differ.
Premise techs install lines in and round the customers home, they run cable, phone, and ethernet, they install the set top boxs for the TV's, and the DSL equipment and configures the customers computer. They do this after the Outside tech installer goes and runs the drop to get dial tone to the home. Premise techs , depending on experience can start off from Minimum wage to $16 some an hr max. Alot of guys start out at 8 , sometimes 12 so dollars an hr, It just depends on what the hiring person wants to give.
Outside Techs are I&R, Install & Repair. The supervisor chooses what they want you to do. They get paid on the same pay scale. Usually there are 2 groups, several guys mainly do Installs. And Some guys mainly do repair. Most of the time repair guys only repair, but quite a bit the installers pick up repair after they finish there work load. Outside techs, work mainly outside making sure there are good lines that get dial tone to the customers home to the demarc. ( the phone box on the side of the house ) They also repair phone lines inside the home if the customer pays or has a repair agreement. Outside techs, also start from minimum wage to around 21 dollars an hour starting. (Depending on experience). However they max out at $28 and some change. Again, its what ever the hiring person wants to give you for your experience.
Splicers, work with the phone companies main lines. They sit in trenches ( pits ), man holes, or up on lines fixing the main lines. They usually work at one place all day while working. They don't get as much overtime. I believe they are on the same pay scale as I&R Outside techs.
I am a outside tech so I do not know the details for the Premise Tech Contract. but Outside techs get raises every 6 months. If you start out at minimum wage you should max out to 28 some within 5 years. Less time if you started out earning more.
I would recommend I&R outside tech. They get more overtime, some guys pull 100k a year before taxes. Splicers dont get as much over time.
However, like strange052 said, take anything they give you if you really want to work for AT&T.