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Telecommunications Engineers

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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