Diploma of Telecommunications Engineering - ICT51015


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification reflects the role of a technical specialist, with high level skills and knowledge in telecommunications and information technology (IT) networks using internet protocol (IP) systems. An individual in this role can install, test and commission voice and data communications networks in medium to large enterprises using next generation networks technologies. They canprovide specialist technical support in monitoring and administering the installation and upgrade of large telecommunications and IT networks including local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), IP based protocol systems, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and unified communications networks, secured networks, cellular mobile networks, microwave systems, wireless and wired line networks, databases, routers, switches and servers. The following specialisations can be achieved through selection of specific units of competency: ManagementNetwork Engineering Optical NetworksRadio Communications.Licensing/Regulatory InformationWork functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the ICT Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for details of licensing, legislative or certification requirements.


  • 12 units
  • 5 core
  • 7 elective


  • Install, configure and test a local area network switch
  • Test cellular handset enhancements and international roaming agreements
  • Test the performance of specialised optical devices
  • Apply business acumen to network planning
  • Apply service measures and demand forecasting to products and services planning
  • Analyse and integrate specialised optical devices in the network
  • Install, configure and test a server
  • Provide consultancy and technical support in the customer premises equipment sector
  • Perform acceptance and commissioning tests on optical network
  • Manage design realisation
  • Test and measure cellular phone and network equipment performance
  • Provide expert advice and support on complex faults
  • Administer a data communications network
  • Plan and configure dense wavelength division multiplexing systems
  • Develop training, marketing and sales resources for telecommunications products
  • Prepare a project brief
  • Develop planning strategies for building environment design
  • Evaluate and analyse radio frequency signal coverage plots
  • Implement server virtualisation for a sustainable ICT system
  • Develop customer premises equipment installation project plans
  • Research global design trends
  • Plan a wireless mesh network
  • Apply knowledge of regulation and legislation for the telecommunications industry
  • Evaluate vendor products and equipment
  • Locate, diagnose and rectify complex faults
  • Manage budgets and financial plans
  • Design a telecommunications project
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Plan for an optical system upgrade and cut over
  • Manage WHS risks
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Integrate new systems and equipment into the telecommunications network
  • Design and implement an enterprise voice over
  • Develop and deliver training associated with new and modified products
  • Design an electronic system for a telecommunications network
  • Commission telecommunications network equipment
  • Undertake radio communications site audit
  • Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
  • Determine best-fit topology for a local network
  • Test and commission a dense wavelength division multiplexing transmission system
  • Acceptance test new systems and equipment
  • Implement design solutions
  • Produce technical solutions from business specifications
  • Develop planning strategies for access network design
  • Dimension and design a radio frequency identification system
  • Prepare project specifications
  • Undertake project work
  • Undertake planned outage management
  • Develop planning strategies for core network design
  • Cut over new and replacement network equipment
  • Manage project integration
  • Produce and evaluate architecture designs for WiMAX networks
  • Test telecommunications network using virtual instruments
  • Develop a project management plan
  • Monitor the capacity of and recommend changes to the cellular mobile network

Standard entry requirements

  • Entry to this qualification is limited to those individuals who:Have completed a Certificate IV or Diploma from the ICT Information and Communications Technology Training Package. or Have completed a Certificate III in Telecommunications with at least one year full time equivalent and relevant telecommunications practical experience.or Have completed a Certificate III or a Certificate IV qualification in related technical fields of study with at least one year full time equivalent and relevant telecommunications practical experience.or Have completed a minimum of three years equivalent full-time experience in the telecommunications industry with particular technical experience in
  • Installation of cabling
  • Diagnosis and rectification of telecommunications system faults
  • And the delivery and operation of network infrastructure, for core and access networks in accordance with industry regulations and legislative requirements.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Lidcombe College No
  • Full-time : 1S semesters

Fee comments

Campuses: Lidcombe College.

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