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

  • $1,418 Weekly Pay
  • 26,900 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 84.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.6 hours Average full-time
  • 44.5 years Average age
  • 3.5% female Gender Share

The number of Telecommunications Trades Workers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 26,900 in 2018 to 24,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Telecommunications Trades Workers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (50.5%).
  • Gender: 3.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200822300
200915700
201022900
201122100
201217300
201321700
201424000
201522300
201624300
201718700
201826900
202324700

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Telecommunications67.9
Construction16.5
Other Services4.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services4.3
Other Industries6.6

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 2017, 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
NSW35.431.6
VIC24.426.2
QLD19.819.7
SA7.86.7
WA7.710.8
TAS2.22.0
NT1.31.1
ACT1.51.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-2411.4-9.99.9
25-3422.3-23.623.6
35-4415.7-21.721.7
45-5425.6-20.820.8
55-5911.7-8.88.8
60-645.7-6.06.0
65 and Over7.5-4.04.0

Education Level

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 100-8.18.1

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Telecommunications Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
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.

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