Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.
- Installs internal cabling and wiring for telephone systems and fits and wires junction and distribution boxes
- Fixes connecting wires from underground and aerial lines to premises and connects cable terminals to inside wiring
- Installs telephones, switchboards and coin operated phone boxes
- Uses testing equipment to locate defective components of circuitry and makes any necessary repairs
- Tests installation and makes any further necessary adjustments
- Assists with the erection of wooden poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines
- Connects cables and tests for any defects
- Locates and repairs faults to lines and ancillary equipment
- Erects and maintains mobile telecommunications infrastructure.
There are no formal academic requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Apprenticeships and traineeships combining work experience and practical training are available at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.
What could I earn?
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £35,000 per annum and can progress up to £41,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 5,562 employed Telecommunications Engineers in the region.