Telecommunications Engineering Specialists

Design or configure voice, video, and data communications systems. Supervise installation and post-installation service and maintenance.

Median Annual Wage: $98,430

Education: Bachelor's degree (43%); Post-secondary certificate (26%); Associate's degree (17%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Network Technician; Consultant; Principal Consultant; Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD); Senior Consultant; Senior Telecommunications Consultant; Telecommunication Engineer; Telecom Network Manager (Telecommunication Network Manager); Telecommunication Systems Designer; Telecommunications Consultant

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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  • Keep abreast of changes in industry practices and emerging telecommunications technology by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
  • Implement or perform preventive maintenance, backup, or recovery procedures.
  • Consult with users, administrators, and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology purchases.
  • Install, or coordinate installation of, new or modified hardware, software, or programming modules of telecommunications systems.
  • Order or maintain inventory of telecommunications equipment for customer premises equipment (CPE), facilities, access networks, or backbone networks.
  • Assess existing facilities' needs for new or modified telecommunications systems.
  • Develop, maintain, or implement telecommunications disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity.
  • Monitor and analyze system performance, such as network traffic, security, and capacity.
  • Estimate costs for system or component implementation and operation.
  • Implement system renovation projects in collaboration with technical staff, engineering consultants, installers, and vendors.
  • Document procedures for hardware and software installation and use.
  • Provide user support by diagnosing network and device problems and implementing technical or procedural solutions.
  • Test and evaluate hardware and software to determine efficiency, reliability, or compatibility with existing systems.
  • Work with personnel and facilities management staff to install, remove, or relocate user connectivity equipment and devices.
  • Inspect sites to determine physical configuration, such as device locations and conduit pathways.
  • Supervise maintenance of telecommunications equipment.
  • Review and evaluate requests from engineers, managers, and technicians for system modifications.
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for computer hardware and software, networking and telecommunications equipment, test equipment, cabling, or tools.
  • Document user support activity, such as system problems, corrective actions, resolution status, and completed equipment installations.
  • Document technical specifications and operating standards for telecommunications equipment.
  • Instruct in use of voice, video, and data communications systems.
  • Prepare system activity and performance reports.
  • Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to prepare or evaluate network diagrams, floor plans, or site configurations for existing facilities, renovations, or new systems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Telecommunications Engineering Specialists.

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