Telecommunications engineers

£17,160 Average salary at age 20
£40,560 Average Salary
45 Average hours per week

Description

Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.

Main Tasks

  • Installs internal cabling and wiring for telephone systems and fits and wires junction and distribution boxes;
  • Fixes connecting wires from underground and aerial lines to premises and connects cable terminals to inside wiring;
  • Installs telephones, switchboards and coin operated phone boxes;
  • Uses testing equipment to locate defective components of circuitry and makes any necessary repairs;
  • Tests installation and makes any further necessary adjustments;
  • Assists with the erection of wooden poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines;
  • Connects cables and tests for any defects;
  • Locates and repairs faults to lines and ancillary equipment;
  • Erects and maintains mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

Qualifications

There are no formal academic requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Apprenticeships and traineeships combining work experience and practical training are available at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.

UK Prospects

55100 Workforce Size
10.48% Predicted decline 2020 - 2027
11270 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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