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Telecommunication Engineers design and develop telecommunications systems, devices and products.


  • designs, builds, configures and commissions devices, networks and systems and ensures systems interconnect with equipment from different manufacturers, service providers and users
  • compiles proposals to define goals, identifies scope, background and need, and ascertains cost of the proposal
  • evaluates and procures new products and services
  • ensures compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures in the provision of systems
  • selects and develops new sites by locating sites, filing, drawing up, and drafting drawings, and following through to approval
  • determines appropriate configurations of hardware and software, ensuring desired performance of equipment
  • prepares and interprets specifications, drawings and regulations for the use of equipment
  • determines the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and equipment
  • identifies and analyses problems and needs of existing systems, to determine the most appropriate means of reducing, eliminating and avoiding current and future problems and improve communications
  • monitors systems to assess need for updates, upgrades, enhancements, preventive maintenance and new systems
  • assesses performance levels of system hardware and software to project future needs, and develops short and long-terms plans for updating equipment, adding capabilities, enhancing existing systems and providing improved telecommunications.

To become a Telecommunications Engineer

  • You usually need a bachelor or postgraduate degree in engineering with a major in telecommunications to work as a Telecommunications Engineer. Some workers have a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification.

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