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Telecommunications Engineer

Design, implement and improve telecommunications networks

What's it like to be a Telecommunications Engineer?

Telecommunications Engineers design, plan and install complex telecommunications systems and networks. They are skilled in the installation and management of Mobile Networks, Internet Protocol (IP) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telecommunications systems.

Tasks and duties

  • Designing, developing, testing and installing voice and data telecommunications networks.
  • Developing proposals and determining costs and timelines for telecommunications projects.
  • Testing and implementing new products and services.
  • Configuring networks and interconnected systems using equipment and components from multiple manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Researching, analysing and designing system specifications.
  • Analysing demand data and forecasted network growth to determine capabilities.
  • Ensuring compliance with regulations and legislation.
  • Identifying and solving issues with current network systems.
  • Monitoring systems and identifying needs for upgrades and enhancements.
  • Deciding the technology and hardware to be used in a network implementation.
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Telecommunications Engineers are adept at troubleshooting, diagnosing and solving complex technological problems. They are employed by telecommunications providers of all sizes, and their related contractors and suppliers.

What can I earn as a Telecommunications Engineer?

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The most common salary for a Telecommunications Engineer is between $95k and $110k
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How to become a Telecommunications Engineer


SEEK Learning
A Bachelor of Engineering is usually required to attain a Telecommunications Engineer role. More than half of the people currently employed as Telecommunications Engineers have a bachelor degree or have completed postgraduate study.

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Telecommunications Engineering.
  2. Consider completing postgraduate study.
  3. Explore employment options in private industry, scientific or research organisations, or government departments such as transport, defence, health and education.

How do Telecommunications Engineers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 3 Telecommunications Engineers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
3.3
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
1.7
Pay / Salary
3.0
Variety of work
3.3

Latest reviews

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Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Electronics Engineering
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Telecommunications
The good things
Diverse challenging career with interesting interactions of many different organizations.
The challenges
It is a challenge to keep up with the ever changing Technologies. The Job security is no longer there.
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Network Design and Deployment
The good things
Working with technology keeps me updated interms of skills. The fast development in networking makes it interesting
The challenges
Needs continuous learning and maybe upskilling in areas such as AI or software development.
Aug 2019
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Health
The good things
Telecommunications is dead. Go with networking now people
The challenges
IP and cloud is takin over so telco will be redundant in near future
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Working hours for Telecommunications Engineers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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Sometimes
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Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 3 Telecommunications Engineers
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Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data