Telecommunication Engineers design and develop telecommunications systems, devices and products.

    You usually need a bachelor degree in engineering with a major in telecommunications or telecommunication and network engineering to work as a Telecommunications 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 proposals to define goals, identifies scope, background and need, and ascertains cost of the proposal.
    • Evaluates and procures new products and services.
    • Ensures compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures in the provision of systems.
    • Selects and 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 reducing, eliminating and avoiding current and future problems and improve communications.
    • Monitors systems to assess need for updates, upgrades, enhancements, preventive maintenance and new 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 Engineers

    • 2,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 9% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Telecommunications Engineers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 2,900 in 2011 to 2,700 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Telecommunications Engineers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has 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 (95%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 9% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Telecommunications50.8
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services14.0
    Wholesale Trade10.9
    Public Administration and Safety7.3
    Other Industries17.0

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on 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 EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW39.631.6
    VIC30.225.6
    QLD12.020.0
    SA4.67.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS0.72.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT3.71.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTelecommunications EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-242.5-9.39.3
    25-3428.0-22.922.9
    35-4431.3-22.022.0
    45-5423.3-21.621.6
    55-598.2-9.09.0
    60-644.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate25.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree43.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.7-21.121.1
    Year 125.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below1.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a bachelor degree in engineering with a major in telecommunications or telecommunication and network engineering to work as a Telecommunications Engineer. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with the Australian Computer Society may be useful.

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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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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic Mail

      98% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Contact With Others

      88% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      86% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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