Telecommunications Field Engineers plan, design, commission and monitor complex telecommunications networks and associated equipment, provide technical advice and information, identify complex problems and initiate action to resolve them.

    You usually need A certificate III or IV in telecommunications engineering to work as a Telecommunications Field Engineer. Telecommunications Field Engineers often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

    Tasks

    • Configures and integrates networks and telecommunications technology with computer software, hardware, desktops, peripherals, databases and operating systems.
    • Develops and records logs of the details, locations and status of inventories, parts, equipment and instruments and maintains the documentation of communication policies, procedures, guidelines and regulations, and quality standards.
    • Provides technical advice and information, and monitors the performance of complex telecommunications networks and equipment.

    All Telecommunications Technical Specialists

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    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Telecommunications Field Engineers

    • 810 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 94% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 6% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Telecommunications Field Engineers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 370 in 2011 to 810 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Telecommunications Field Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Information Media and Telecommunications; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (94%, 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: 6% 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 Telecommunications71.4
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7.6
    Construction7.4
    Wholesale Trade4.1
    Other Industries9.5

    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 Field EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW35.231.6
    VIC29.325.6
    QLD16.520.0
    SA6.47.0
    WA7.210.8
    TAS3.42.0
    NT1.01.0
    ACT1.11.9

    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 Field EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-243.5-9.39.3
    25-3423.4-22.922.9
    35-4424.9-22.022.0
    45-5430.1-21.621.6
    55-5911.2-9.09.0
    60-645.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    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 Field EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree14.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma19.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV40.4-21.121.1
    Year 1211.3-18.118.1
    Year 112.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.5-12.512.5

    You usually need A certificate III or IV in telecommunications engineering to work as a Telecommunications Field Engineer. Telecommunications Field Engineers often complete a diploma or advanced diploma.

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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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    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

      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.

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