Telecommunications engineer

Telecommunications engineers fit and maintain phone and internet systems.

What does a telecommunications engineer do?

Telecommunications engineers (or telecoms engineers) install, test and repair communications systems. This includes fixed-line and mobile telephone networks, copper wire and fibre-optic cabling and digital satellite systems. Work could include:

  • installing,  connecting and testing cabling
  • diagnosing and fixing  faults in systems
  • working with aerial rigging and related equipment
  • installing mobile and static antennae on buildings or masts
  • designing, building and testing telecommunications components and equipment.

What do I need to do to become a telecommunications engineer?

GCSE grade C or above, including maths, English and science would be an advantage.

You may be able to enter this route through an apprenticeship with an electronics, telecommunications or IT company.

Alternatively, you could take a full-time course in electrical or electronic engineering at level 2 or 3, depending on your GCSE grades. From here you may be able to get a trainee position with an installation company. 


Related skills

  • Technical ability
  • Problem solving
  • Physical fitness
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytics
  • Ability to understand technical plans

Related subjects

  • Design technology
  • Maths
  • Physical education
  • Physics

Desirable qualifications

  • GCSE English (C or above)
  • GCSE maths (C or above)
  • GCSE science (C or above)
  • Industry recognised qualification in electrical/electronic engineering at level 2 or 3

Where could I be working?

You're likely to work for a large telecommunications company. You will often be working on your own. You may need to work at heights. 

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