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Telecoms engineer

Alternative titles for this job include Telecoms technician, telecommunications field engineer

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

Average salary (a year)

£24,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

on call at short notice

How to become

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How to become 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

Entry requirements

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

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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

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
  • 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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Further information

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

What it takes

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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 use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You might need a full driving licence to travel between jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a telecoms engineer, you could:

  • set up mobile, fixed communications and data networks
  • repair lines and equipment on mobile masts and antennae
  • lay and test underground and underfloor cabling
  • find and fix faults, including using software remotely
  • design, build and test components and equipment
  • communicate with customers in person, on the phone or online

Working environment

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

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

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

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With training and experience, you could move into:

  • supervisory roles
  • network design
  • electronic engineering

You could also set up your own installation and repair business.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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Courses In England

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  • Start date: 03 September 2024
  • Location: Hull

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