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Telecommunications Trades Workers install, maintain and repair data transmission equipment, aerial lines, conduits, cables, radio antennae and telecommunications equipment and appliances.
Installs internal telecommunications and data cabling, equipment and peripherals for computer networks, telephony, cable television and monitored security and fire alarms.
Joints, terminates and repairs copper and fibre optic telecommunications cables installed in underground pipes, trenches and overhead systems.
Specialisations: Fibre Optic Cable Splicer, Fibre Optics Jointer
Installs, maintains and repairs external telecommunication equipment such as aerial lines, conduits and underground cables, radio and mobile phone antennae, and limited items of terminal equipment.
Specialisations: Operator Bearer Systems (Army)
Installs, maintains and repairs telecommunications equipment and appliances, such as telephones, mobile telephones, switchboards and data transmission equipment, in homes, businesses, telephone exchanges and other network sites.
Specialisations: Technician Telecommunication Systems (Army)
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Jobs and Small Business projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a medium sized occupation employing 18,600 workers. The number of workers has grown moderately over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 18,000. Around 11,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
In 2016, employers in most locations found it hard to fill vacancies for Telecommunications Trades Workers. Employers usually required workers to have Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) open cabling registration, a drivers licence and asbestos awareness training. To find out more, view the Department of Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.
A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. In addition, relevant vendor certification is also required. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Telecommunications Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and what to do about it.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-2022.00 - Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers.
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic machines, devices, and equipment.
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you talk on the telephone?
How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.