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.