Telecommunication Network Engineers plan, design, and monitor complex telecommunications networks and associated broadcasting equipment.

Also known as: Communications Specialist (ICT), Telecommunications Consultant, or Telecommunications Specialist.

You usually need a bachelor degree in information technology or computing with a major in systems administration, network engineering, network security or software development to work as a Telecommunications Network Engineer. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Designs, builds, configures and commissions devices, networks and systems and ensures systems interconnect with equipment from different manufacturers, service providers and users.
  • Compiles engineering project proposals to define goals, identifies scope, background and need, and ascertains cost of the project.
  • Evaluates and procures new products and services.
  • Ensures compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures in the provision of systems.
  • Develops new sites by locating sites, filing, drawing up, and drafting drawings, and following through to approval.
  • Determines appropriate configurations of hardware and software, ensuring desired performance of equipment.
  • Prepares and interprets specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of equipment.
  • Determines the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and equipment.
  • Identifies and analyses problems and needs of existing systems, to determine the most appropriate means of correcting current and future problems and improve communications.
  • Monitors systems.
  • Assesses performance levels of system hardware and software to project future needs, and develops short and long-terms plans for updating equipment, adding capabilities, enhancing existing systems and providing improved telecommunications.

More about Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

All Telecommunications Engineering Professionals

  • $2,279 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Telecommunications Network Engineers

  • 6,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 20% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Telecommunications Network Engineers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 5,700 in 2011 to 6,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Telecommunications Network Engineers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Victoria have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 20% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Information Media and Telecommunications60.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services16.9
Wholesale Trade5.9
Financial and Insurance Services2.8
Other Industries13.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateTelecommunications Network EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW40.431.6
VIC34.225.6
QLD11.120.0
SA4.17.0
WA5.810.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.31.0
ACT3.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketTelecommunications Network EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-243.8-9.39.3
25-3430.3-22.922.9
35-4433.3-22.022.0
45-5421.0-21.621.6
55-596.4-9.09.0
60-643.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationTelecommunications Network EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate24.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree42.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV9.4-21.121.1
Year 127.3-18.118.1
Year 111.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.2-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in information technology or computing with a major in systems administration, network engineering, network security or software development to work as a Telecommunications Network Engineer. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Membership with the Australian Computer Society may be useful.

Thinking about study or training?

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Employers look for Telecommunications Engineering Professionals who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Telecommunications

    86% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and personal service

    73% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Computers and electronics

    70% Skill level

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

  4. Mathematics

    65% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Administration and management

    61% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    98% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  5. Indoors, heat controlled

    86% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1143.01 - Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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