A telecommunications engineer works with a company’s Ethernet, operating system (such as Novell or UNIX), security/firewall systems, and PC network. Although this job is generally an entry-level position within a company’s information technology (IT) department, a telecommunications engineer works with every facet of the company’s IT operations.
A telecommunications engineer work with people from all departments across a company. Engineers generally do not work under the close guidance of their supervisors on a frequent basis, although they typically have supervisors within the IT department. Telecommunications engineers rarely, if ever, interact with the public or clients of the company.
Most companies require only a high school diploma and some advanced training/certifications relevant to their work. However, companies typically expect candidates to have a good understanding of the company's IT systems. Telecomunications engineers typically work during regular business hours, with occasional overtime during off-hours for system upgrades and other maintenance.
Telecommunications Engineer Tasks
- Design telecommunications components, software, and other telecommunications products or systems.
- Provide technical support or training to staff or customers regarding telecommunications equipment.
- Inspect telecommunications equipment to ensure compliance with specification or safety codes.
- Prepare documentation and other information for telecommunications equipment.