Telecommunications Engineer / Telecommunications Network Engineer

Telecommunication engineers are broad specialists of electrical engineering who design, construct and manage systems services that carry out transmission, processing, and storage of information as electrical or optical signals. A wide range of technology is involved in this occupation such as telephone cables, satellites, radios, and optical fibres. Computers are used to process, transform, and store information and to control elecommunication networks.

Personal requirements of telecommunication engineers may include:

  • High level of technical expertise
  • Project management skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Leadership capabiliies
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Telecommunication engineers may complete the following tasks (adopted from Australian Bureau of Statistics):

  • Planning, designing, building, configuring and commissioning telecommunications devices, networks and systems, such as voice, radio, two-way, data, microwave, satellite and digital data systems, and ensuring telecommunications systems interconnect with equipment from different manufacturers, service providers and users
  • Compiling engineering project proposals to define goals, identify scope, background and need, and ascertain cost of equipment, parts and services
  • Selecting and developing new telecommunications sites by locating sites, filing documents, drawing up documents for approval, drafting construction drawings and following through to approval
  • Determining appropriate configurations of telecommunications hardware and software, ensuring desired performance of telecommunications equipment
  • Preparing and interpreting specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of telecommunications equipment
  • Determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and equipment

Most occupations in this filed require completion of a Bachelor Degree at least. However, some jobs also require post-graduate study, such as a Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master Degree or relevant experience and/or on-the-job training in addition to the formal qualification.

Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Courses are also offered by distance education. For further information contact universities directly as requirements may change.

On completion of the relevant Bachelor Degree, the telecommunication industry offers various career paths. Opportunities are available in the computer and communication network industry, electronics design and manufacturing, software design and development, project and technology management, engineering research and development. Telecommunication engineers may work for large telecommunication companies, for IT companies, banks and financial institutions, public sector institutions (federal & state) and more.