Teletypewriter Installer

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Teletypewriter Installer

A Teletypewriter (TTY) Installer is a professional who installs and repairs telegraphic transmitting and receiving equipment. A teletypewriter is known as an electromechanical typewriter meant for point-to-point communication. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), a Teletypewriter Installer falls into the category of telecommunication equipment installer (telex).

A teletypewriter is also known as a teletype machine, teleprinter, or just a teletype. The installer adjusts the features, link the proper interface, and fix minor troubles. They will occasionally inspect, lubricate, and clean the terminal during a service interval for better functionality. Some companies have replaced the teleprinter with electronic computer terminals.

Job Description

The technician installs, repairs, and maintains the teleprinter machine. These machines play an essential part in maintaining communication between different locations. Telecom companies use the machine to facilitate interaction between people and organizations. Some of the essential job responsibilities of the installer include:

  • Ensure the telephone and line connections are in working condition
  • Perform station testing after the installation of the machine
  • Install the teletype machine per the diagram
  • Install the ribbon and paper in the teleprinter
  • Troubleshoot the teleprinter machine for any faulty connection
  • To install the friction feed paper’s supply assembly if desired by the customer
  • Perform regular maintenance of the teleprinter
  • Check and verify the telephone system and its wire system connection with the data set
  • Analyze issues and repair manual and automatic teletypewriters, facsimile-recording devices, and switching equipment
  • Test and adjust equipment by using testing devices
  • Document the error log sheet and its resolution to the customer


An installer should have a high school diploma or equivalent to start in the field. Employers also look for candidates who have experience handling and repairing electromechanical devices.


To become a teletypewriter, the professionals need to have essential skills which will help boost their career. They should have an understanding of transmission, switching, broadcasting, control, and procedure of telecom systems.


Following are the areas of skill elements:


To install devices, equipment, cabling, or programs to meet the guidelines


To conduct trials to define whether devices, software, or techniques are operating as projected


To repair teletypewriter machines or systems using the required tools

Issue Identification

To define and fix the identified technical faults


To determine the root cause of an operational error and the solution for quick resolution

Choice of Equipment

To determine the type of techniques and equipment required to perform the work

Equipment Repairs

To perform regular maintenance and define when and what type of maintenance is required

Information Collection

To know how to discover information and classifying vital information

Critical Intelligence

To use the logical and scrutiny to identify the strengths and weaknesses of various methodologies

Solution Evaluation

To observe and assess the results of the difficulties faced for its solution to identify lessons learned or it can be documented

Product Review

Scrutinizing and assessing the value of products

Execution of the Project Plan

Developing methods for executing new ideas

Identification of Root Causes

To identify the equipment that must be replaced to attain an objective


In the United States as per salary report, the average salary of an installer is around $54,477 per year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook should grow by four percent from 2016 to 2026. This is slower than other telecommunication professions. They are still in demand throughout the telecom industry either as full time or as a freelancer.

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