Field engineers in telecommunications play a key role in maintaining communications systems, and are responsible for installing, testing, and maintaining equipment such as base transceiver stations (GSM PCS) to run wireless systems.
Their general duties include various maintenance routines on equipment to ensure optimal performance, as well as component-repairs and even construction of new towers. Tools used include radios, network facilities, and interconnect devices, and there is some risk involved when working high above the ground and around high voltage systems. The daily routine includes working outdoors and being available for repairs during emergency hours (on-call), so long hours should be expected.
These field engineers also work with other engineers and construction personnel when completing maintenance and equipment installations, and typically report to a supervisor within the company. Standard prerequisites for the position include a two-year technical degree, and most employers require at least some prior experience with telecommunications systems. Field engineers work highly demanding schedules because they are often on-call, so they must be able to commute (usually in a repair truck) to the site of the repair and work until service is restored.
Field Engineer, Telecommunications Tasks
Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair deployed telecommunications equipment.
Keep records of upgrades, repairs, and maintenance performed.
Maintain in-depth, current knowledge of equipment.