Radiocommunications Technicians install, maintain, repair and diagnose malfunctions of microwave, telemetry, multiplexing, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic wave communication systems.

    A certificate III or IV in telecommunications engineering technology or similar is needed to work as a Radiocommunications Technician. Radiocommunications Technicians often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

    Tasks

    • Installs, maintains, repairs and diagnoses malfunctions of microwave, telemetry, satellite and other radio and electromagnetic communication systems.
    • Liaises with vendors, suppliers, service providers and external resources and monitors contractual obligations and performance delivery.

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    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Radiocommunications Technicians

    • 870 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 4% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Radiocommunications Technicians (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 980 in 2011 to 870 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Radiocommunications Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Public Administration and Safety; and Manufacturing.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, 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 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 4% 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 Telecommunications29.7
    Public Administration and Safety11.8
    Manufacturing9.7
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services8.8
    Other Industries40.0

    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.
    StateRadiocommunications TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.231.6
    VIC19.825.6
    QLD24.320.0
    SA9.77.0
    WA14.310.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT1.41.0
    ACT2.91.9

    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 BracketRadiocommunications TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.4-5.05.0
    20-246.7-9.39.3
    25-3421.1-22.922.9
    35-4422.3-22.022.0
    45-5425.5-21.621.6
    55-5910.6-9.09.0
    60-647.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationRadiocommunications TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma26.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV47.6-21.121.1
    Year 128.0-18.118.1
    Year 111.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.1-12.512.5

    A certificate III or IV in telecommunications engineering technology or similar is needed to work as a Radiocommunications Technician. Radiocommunications Technicians often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

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    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • first aid certificate
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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

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    1. Computers and Electronics

      71% Skill level

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

    2. Engineering and Technology

      68% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    3. Telecommunications

      65% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      64% Skill level

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

    5. Mechanical

      58% Skill level

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

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    1. Telephone

      99% Important

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    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      97% Important

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    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      92% Important

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    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      87% Important

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    5. Electronic Mail

      86% Important

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