Telecommunications Trades Workers install, maintain and repair data transmission equipment, aerial lines, conduits, cables, radio antennae and telecommunications equipment and appliances.

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.

Tasks

  • examining drawings, specifications and work areas to determine positioning and connections for equipment to be installed
  • locating faults in telecommunications equipment using instruments such as ohmmeters, voltmeters, ammeters and transmission measuring equipment
  • attaching wires and cables to appliances
  • adjusting, replacing and repairing faulty items, and testing equipment using electronic instruments
  • installing cabling for telephone, radio, pay TV and computer transmission
  • joining cables and sealing sheaths with lead and thermoplastic
  • erecting, testing and maintaining aerial and underground wires and cables, and radio and mobile phone antennae
  • installing telecommunications equipment and appliances such as telephones, switchboards and data transmission equipment

Job Titles

  • Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)
  • Telecommunications Cable Jointer
  • Telecommunications Linesworker
  • Telecommunications Technician
  • Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)

    Installs internal telecommunications and data cabling, equipment and peripherals for computer networks, telephony, cable television and monitored security and fire alarms.

  • Telecommunications Cable Jointer

    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

  • Telecommunications Linesworker

    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)

  • Telecommunications Technician (also called Communications Technician)

    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)

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,418 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    22,300
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    96.0%
  • Female Share

    4.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    90.4%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 22,300 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Telecommunications Trades Workers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Information Media and Telecommunications; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.8 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,418 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

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 Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200524300
200623800
200726400
200816800
200920800
201023000
201116800
201221600
201320400
201425600
201522300
202025100

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsTelecommunications Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14181230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryTelecommunications Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
Full-time90.468.4
Part-time9.631.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.840.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications73.5
Construction10.2
Other Services5.5
Public Administration and Safety2.6
Other Industries8.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTelecommunications Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW25.231.8
VIC30.725.5
QLD23.019.8
SA6.46.8
WA10.111.2
TAS2.62.0
NT1.21.1
ACT0.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTelecommunications Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.6-5.45.4
20-2410.1-9.99.9
25-3426.8-23.423.4
35-4419.7-21.721.7
45-5427.6-21.121.1
55-597.7-8.78.7
60-644.5-5.95.9
65 and Over1.0-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryTelecommunications Trades WorkersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males96.0Males53.6
Females4.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationTelecommunications Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate10.5-8.68.6
Bachelor degree7.8-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV29.7-18.918.9
Year 1215.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1024.2-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

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.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Telecommunications

    93% Important

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    83% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    82% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mechanical

    71% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    68% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

    85% Important

    Communicating with customers, the public, government, and others in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

  2. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    85% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  3. Documenting/Recording Information

    83% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  4. Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment

    82% Important

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic machines, devices, and equipment.

  5. Getting Information

    81% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

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