Telecommunications engineer

A highly specialised division of engineering, Telecommunications Engineering focuses on the design, construction, installation, service, and support of telecommunications equipment, facilities, systems, and operations. Projects may focus on broadband systems, communications satellites, radio masts and towers, signal cables, networking hardware, or cellular communications devices.

Duties and tasks

  • Coordinating labour and manpower on construction sites
  • Determining appropriate site location and viability for various projects
  • Determining cost efficiency of various projects
  • Organising and implementing plans for the locations of circuit-breakers, transmission lines, cables, and other equipment
  • Planning, designing, and building telecommunications equipment
  • Providing support for installed telecommunications equipment by analysing the need for updates, enhancements, and repair

Skills required

  • Critical thinking and logic skills
  • High mathematical ability
  • Keen spatial awareness
  • Multitasking
  • Problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities

Working conditions

Most Engineers, Telecommunications Engineers included, work in a mixture of office settings and construction sites. In the beginning stages of a project, plans and designs are often conceived in office settings, but when construction begins, telecommunications engineers are often shifted to work on-site to oversee labour.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering 

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