​​If you have recently graduated, or you are interested in a career change, you may be wondering what opportunities are out there for you. If this sounds like you, why not consider a career in telecoms? Here’s our top advice on how and why you should enter the telecoms sector.

What is telecoms?

The telecoms sector is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and is made up of companies that make communication possible around the globe. It is the exchange of information over substantial distances by electronic means, including both wired and mobile phones, radio, TV, and internet communications. Telecommunications are made possible by using transmitting technologies such as fibre optics, satellites, microwave communications, and telegraphs.

What are the different types of jobs in telecoms?

Every day, new job opportunities are becoming available in the telecommunications sector. The telecoms industry is evolving all the time in order to meet the expectations of consumers and incorporate the newest advancements in technology, so there is an abundance of prospects for those looking to break into the sector.

If you have skills in engineering or programming, you can carve a successful career for yourself in telecommunications. It is one of the most exhilarating and fast paced industries.

Telecommunication engineer roles

We have broken down a list of some of the types of engineering roles needed in the telecoms industry:

  • Telecom equipment engineer: These electronics engineers design equipment such as switches, routers, circuits, and other equipment/computers designed to be used in the telecommunication network infrastructure.
  • Network engineer: The role of a network engineer is to create, implement, and manage computer networks. They specialise in computer engineering and are responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of these networks.
  • Central-office engineer: Central-office engineers are responsible for the design and overseeing of telecoms equipment in a central office. This role includes integrating new technology into the existing network, clocking, providing power, alarm monitoring, and designing how huge amounts of cable will be distributed throughout the central office.
  • Outside-plant engineer (OSP): The duties of outside plant engineers involve servicing and fixing industrial machinery. Generally, they work at locations like plants, refineries, or power plants, and their main purpose is to keep equipment running fluently. They implement telecommunications infrastructure such as underground & aerial fibre optic installations.

How do I get a job in the telecoms industry?

There are a few options on how you could enter the telecoms sector. The most popular route in is either through college qualifications or an apprenticeship. Here are some examples of courses you might want to consider if you’re looking to break into the telecommunications industry.

Courses for telecoms engineering

  • Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling
  • Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles
  • 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
  • Courses like these could help you to find a trainee position with a telecoms company.

Apprenticeships for telecoms engineering

  • Telecoms field operative intermediate apprenticeship.
  • Advanced apprenticeship for network cable installers or radio network technicians.

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