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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  • Communicate with telecommunications vendors to obtain pricing and technical specifications for available hardware, software, or services.
  • 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.
  • Assess existing facilities' needs for new or modified telecommunications systems.
  • Order or maintain inventory of telecommunications equipment for customer premises equipment (CPE), facilities, access networks, or backbone networks.
  • Install, or coordinate installation of, new or modified hardware, software, or programming modules of 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.
  • Document user support activity, such as system problems, corrective actions, resolution status, and completed equipment installations.
  • Prepare purchase requisitions for computer hardware and software, networking and telecommunications equipment, test equipment, cabling, or tools.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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

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