Telecoms Engineer

Job Description:

Telecoms engineers work on satellite, digital TV and fibre optic systems, and install broadband, mobile and landline phone networks.

Job Category:

What you will do:

On a typical day you may:

  • set up mobile and fixed communications and data networks
  • repair lines and equipment on mobile masts and antennae
    lay and test underground and underfloor cabling
  • find and fix faults, including remotely using specialist software
  • design, build and test components and equipment
  • update work records
  • communicate with business and domestic customers in person, on the phone or online


You’ll need:

  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative (drive)
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • analytical thinking skills
  • customer service skills
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship

You could do a college qualification, for example in the UK:

  • Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling
  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles
  • Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals
  • T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control

Courses like these could help you to find a trainee position with a telecoms company.

You could start by doing a telecoms field operative intermediate apprenticeship.

You could also do an advanced apprenticeship for radio network technicians, or network cable installers.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work at a client’s home or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be at height, cramped, outdoors in all weathers and you’ll travel often.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career Path & Progression:

With training and experience, you could move into supervisory roles, network design or electronic engineering.

You could set up your own installation and repair business.