Telecommunications engineers design, test and build the various technologies that allow people to communicate over distances. They may work in fields such as telephone and internet networks, radio and television broadcasting and satellite communications. Telecommunications engineers usually work for the major telecommunications companies, or for large organizations with private communication networks, such as remote mine sites in the Pilbara region. They design telecommunication networks, deciding on the technology to be used and where cables or broadcasting equipment needs to be placed, and oversee installation. These workers may also be responsible for testing and repairing faults.
Telecommunications engineers often work in offices, where they can use computers to monitor networks and broadcasting equipment remotely. However, some travel may be required to visit sites throughout the state, particularly when installing new equipment or repairing faults. They usually work regular business hours, although evening and weekend work is often required to meet tight deadlines. Some telecommunications engineers may also be required to be on call in case of emergencies requiring them to locate and repair faults after hours. They usually work as part of a team, often supervising a number of technicians and installers
- Provide high level support and disaster recovery expertise.
- Plan, design, troubleshoot, and oversee construction and maintenance of telecommunications networks and equipment used for telephones, voicemail, PBX, video or data communication.
- One must study communication and/or electronic engineering at university.
- Must also obtain a bachelor of engineering degree.
The pay scale of a telecommunications engineer ranges between AUD$48,348 – AUD$106,521 and the median being AUD$71,123.