What does a telecoms technician do?
A telecoms technician installs, tests and repairs communications and data communications systems, such as:
- fixed-line and mobile telephony networks
- copper wire and fibre-optic cabling
- VoIP communication systems
- analogue and digital satellite systems
- wireless radio networks providing internet access via PCs, smartphones and tablets
Work varies in scale, from setting up a communications network in a large organisation, to the installation of a home satellite system. It could involve:
- laying, connecting and testing underground and underfloor cabling
- testing and repairing faults in public and private switching exchanges
- 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 telecoms technician?
There are various ways to become a telecommunications technician. You may be able to complete an apprenticeship with an electronics, telecommunications or IT company.
Alternatively, you may get a trainee position with an installation company if you already have experience and/or qualifications in electronic or electrical engineering, or servicing. You could take a college course to gain qualifications in these areas.
As you could be travelling from job to job, you may need a driving licence. You will also be expected to have colour-normal vision.
- Apprenticeship with an electronics, telecommunications or IT company
- Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling (covers copper and fibre optics cabling)
- Level 2 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles
- Level 2 Certificate in Telecommunication Systems
Where to find out more
Where could I be working?Your work could be indoors on production lines and in customers' premises, or outdoors on-site. Some tasks involve working at heights.
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