Telecoms EngineerJob 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
- 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
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.