How to become a telecoms engineer
You can get into this job through a college course or an apprenticeship.
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills needed for the job and might help you find a trainee position with a telecoms company.
Relevant courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling
- Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals
- T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
- T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
You may need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could do a:
- Telecoms Field Operative Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
- Network Cable Installer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
- Radio Network Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
- Cellular Network Field Engineer Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship
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
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
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