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Telecoms engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Telecoms technician, telecommunications engineer

Telecoms engineers work on satellite, digital TV and fibre optic systems, and install broadband, mobile and landline phone networks.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

on call at short notice

How to become a telecoms engineer

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship


You could get a college qualification in a subject like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Communications Cabling
  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles
  • Level 3 Diploma in Telecommunication Systems

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science

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You could start by doing a telecoms field operative intermediate apprenticeship, or a communications technician, radio network technician, or cable installer advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Further information

You can find out more about careers in engineering from Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • broadcasting and telecommunications knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • analytical thinking skills
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You may need a full driving licence to travel from job to job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

On a typical day you may:

  • set up communications and data networks
  • install aerials or satellites
  • lay and test underground and underfloor cabling
  • find and fix faults
  • design, build and test components and equipment
  • communicate with business and domestic customers in person, on the phone or online
  • update records of the jobs you have completed

Working environment

You could work at a client's home or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers, at height, you'll travel often and cramped.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could move into supervisory roles, network design or electronic engineering.

You could set up your own installation and repair business.

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