Cable jointer


A cable jointer is responsible for the installation, termination, splicing, testing and maintenance of electrical cables and connections associated with offshore wind farms.

Lifecycle stages

Manufacturing, installation, operations and maintenance.

Typical employer

Manufacturer, EPCI contractor, or specialist subcontractor.

Place of work

Onshore in a manufacturing facility, port and assembly site. Offshore on a vessel at the wind farm site and offshore export cable area.

Typical working pattern

Full-time or fixed term contract. At far-shore projects, cable jointers usually live offshore on vessels and typically work two-weeks-on/two-weeks-off. Flexible working arrangements may be available for onshore based jobs. May be required to work on short notice for emergency situations.

Education, training and qualifications

​Experience (1-2 years) as a cable jointer in a relevant industry such as oil and gas. This includes firm jointing, including inline splices, termination of cables.

Graduate and apprenticeship schemes are available with NFQ level 7 and NFQ level 4, respectively.

Vocational training (NFQ level 6), such as a City & Guilds qualification in Electrical Testing and Verification of Electrical Installations or similar, is an advantage. Training is usually provided by the employer.

  • For offshore work, the following is required (and may be provided by the employer):
  • Seafarers Offshore Medical
  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)
  • Global Wind Organisation (GWO) certified training and,
  • Climbing and rescue at heights training.

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles include a cable technician, assistant cable jointer and electrical technician.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as oil and gas, construction, rail and transport.

Career possibilities

Cable jointers can progress to become senior cable engineers, jointing supervisors, or Senior Authorised Persons (SAPs).

Full time salary estimate

€40,000-€75,000 per year, depending on experience. This salary range is for this specific role.