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Telecommunications engineers may do some or all of the following

  • design, provide and keep telecommunications equipment and systems up to date
  • test equipment for faults
  • repair faulty equipment
  • make sure new equipment meets government regulations
  • build and test prototypes of new equipment
  • analyse customer needs
  • help their organisation focus on their product range
  • research information and solve telecommunication-related problems
  • prepare and present reports and proposals on telecommunication-related problems
  • advise on building materials and costs
  • locate and organise telecommunications equipment from overseas to be imported
  • supervise the installation and use of telecommunications equipment
  • provide training for company staff once new equipment has been installed
  • keep up to date with new technology and determine how useful it would be to their organisation.

Telecommunications engineers need to have

  • knowledge of electronics, communication systems and mechanics
  • up-to-date knowledge of engineering methods, technology and industry trends
  • an understanding of telecommunication rules and standards
  • design skills and skill in interpreting drawings and designs
  • computer and maths skills
  • basic knowledge of financial planning and business practices
  • good communication and people skills, including presentation skills
  • research and report writing skills
  • problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • time-management skills
  • cost-estimation skills.

Telecommunications engineers need to be

  • disciplined and patient
  • persistent and motivated
  • creative and enquiring
  • able to make good judgements and work well under pressure.
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