Telecommunications engineers plan, design, construct and install complex telecommunications networks and associated broadcasting equipment.
To become a telecommunications engineer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in telecommunications network engineering. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a telecommunications engineer by completing a degree in engineering at university with a major in telecommunications or telecommunication and network engineering. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics and physics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Telecommunications engineers may perform the following tasks:
Telecommunications engineers have a broad role that requires in-depth technical knowledge of appropriate equipment and services and extensive experience within the telecommunications industry.
The telecommunications industry is subject to continuing and rapid technological change. Telecommunications engineers are employed by a variety of small, medium and large enterprises. These include large telecommunications carriers and their contractors, network and exchange equipment suppliers, customer premises equipment suppliers and installation or maintenance service providers.
A telecommunications network planner and designer plan and design the development of network infrastructure for customer access.
A telecommunications optical network specialist plan and manage fibre-optic communication networks and digital multiplexing transmission systems.