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Working As A Senior Communications Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $96,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Communications Engineer Do

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.

Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems, from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs). Many also work in areas closely related to computer hardware.

Duties

Electrical engineers typically do the following:

  • Design new ways to use electrical power to develop or improve products
  • Perform detailed calculations to develop manufacturing, construction, and installation standards and specifications
  • Direct the manufacture, installation, and testing of electrical equipment to ensure that products meet specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure that projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget

Electronics engineers typically do the following:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications
  • Analyze customer needs and determine the requirements, capacity, and cost for developing an electrical system plan
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, and systems to make sure that they meet safety standards and applicable regulations
  • Plan and develop applications and modifications for electronic properties used in parts and systems in order to improve technical performance

Electronics engineers who work for the federal government research, develop, and evaluate electronic devices used in a variety of areas, such as aviation, computing, transportation, and manufacturing. They work on federal electronic devices and systems, including satellites, flight systems, radar and sonar systems, and communications systems.

The work of electrical engineers and electronics engineers is often similar. Both use engineering and design software and equipment to do engineering tasks. Both types of engineers also must work with other engineers to discuss existing products and possibilities for engineering projects.

Engineers whose work is related exclusively to computer hardware are considered computer hardware engineers.

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How To Become A Senior Communications Engineer

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, so participation in cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience. Having a Professional Engineer (PE) license may improve an engineer’s chances of finding employment.

Education

High school students interested in studying electrical or electronics engineering benefit from taking courses in physics and mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus. Courses in drafting are also helpful, because electrical and electronics engineers often are required to prepare technical drawings.

In order to enter the occupation, prospective electrical and electronics engineers need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology. Programs include classroom, laboratory, and field studies. Courses include digital systems design, differential equations, and electrical circuit theory. Programs in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology should be accredited by ABET.

Some colleges and universities offer cooperative programs in which students gain practical experience while completing their education. Cooperative programs combine classroom study with practical work. Internships provide similar experience and are growing in number.

At some universities, students can enroll in a 5-year program that leads to both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. A graduate degree allows an engineer to work as an instructor at some universities, or in research and development.

Important Qualities

Concentration. Electrical and electronics engineers design and develop complex electrical systems and electronic components and products. They must be able to keep track of multiple design elements and technical characteristics when performing these tasks.

Initiative. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to apply their knowledge to new tasks in every project they undertake. In addition, they must engage in continuing education to keep up with changes in technology.

Interpersonal skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to work with others during the manufacturing process to ensure that their plans are implemented correctly. This collaboration includes monitoring technicians and devising remedies to problems as they arise.

Math skills. Electrical and electronics engineers must be able to use the principles of calculus and other advanced math in order to analyze, design, and troubleshoot equipment.

Speaking skills. Electrical and electronics engineers work closely with other engineers and technicians. They must be able to explain their designs and reasoning clearly and to relay instructions during product development and production. They also may need to explain complex issues to customers who have little or no technical expertise.

Writing skills. Electrical and electronics engineers develop technical publications related to equipment they develop, including maintenance manuals, operation manuals, parts lists, product proposals, and design methods documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as electrical and electronics engineers. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam can be taken right after graduation from a college or university. Engineers who pass this exam commonly are called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After getting work experience, EITs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering exam.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education courses to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Advancement

Electrical and electronic engineers may advance to supervisory positions in which they lead a team of engineers and technicians. Some may move to management positions, working as engineering or program managers. Preparation for managerial positions usually requires working under the guidance of a more experienced engineer. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

For sales work, an engineering background enables engineers to discuss a product's technical aspects and assist in product planning and use. For more information, see the profile on sales engineers.

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Senior Communications Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

89.1%

Female

8.9%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

73.9%

Asian

12.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.1%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

0.3%
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Languages Spoken

Carrier

83.3%

German

16.7%

Senior Communications Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.0%

George Washington University

11.3%

Pennsylvania State University

7.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.7%

Lipscomb University

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

More Tech Institute

5.7%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

University of Maryland - University College

3.8%

University of Alabama

3.8%

Central Texas College

3.8%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

3.8%

University of Southern California

3.8%

Cedar Valley College

3.8%

George Mason University

3.8%

Curry College

1.9%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

1.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

1.9%

University of Florida

1.9%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

29.6%

Computer Science

14.1%

Business

7.4%

Information Technology

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.2%

Computer Networking

5.2%

Project Management

5.2%

Engineering

4.4%

Management Information Systems

3.0%

Mechanical Engineering

3.0%

Marketing

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Management

1.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.5%

Photography

1.5%

Industrial Technology

1.5%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

General Studies

1.5%

Public Administration

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.5%

Masters

29.3%

Other

25.5%

Associate

6.4%

Doctorate

3.2%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

0.6%
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Real Senior Communications Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Engineer-Unified Communications Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. Austin, TX Apr 09, 2016 $135,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Sep 14, 2016 $130,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Aug 25, 2015 $130,000
Senior Communications Engineer McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Jul 01, 2014 $129,561
Senior Unified Communications Engineer Presidio Networked Solutions, LLC. Iselin, NJ Nov 14, 2016 $125,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Feb 24, 2014 $125,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications, Ltd. Houston, TX Sep 03, 2014 $125,000
Senior Unified Communications Support Engineer Fidelus Technologies, LLC New York, NY Feb 12, 2015 $117,624
Senior Communications Engineer McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States New York, NY Nov 29, 2016 $116,300
SR. Unified Communications Engineer CDW, LLC Seattle, WA Feb 01, 2012 $110,000
Senior Communication Service Engineer Intuit Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 17, 2013 $108,500
Senior Communication Services Engineer Intuit Inc. San Diego, CA Feb 17, 2016 $105,060 -
$170,000
Senior Communications Engineer Meriplex Communications Ltd. Houston, TX Mar 01, 2013 $105,000
Senior Unified Communication Engineer The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Tampa, FL Aug 27, 2012 $102,000
Senior Unified Communications Engineer ACBB-Bits, LLC. Newark, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $100,632
Senior Unified Communication Engineer The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Coppell, TX Mar 17, 2014 $100,000
SR. Print Communications Engineer Financial Engines, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 21, 2011 $96,121
Senior Communications Engineer RF DSP, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 04, 2015 $95,000 -
$110,000
Senior Communications Engineer Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 08, 2014 $92,747
SR. Unified Communications Engineer HCA Management Services LP Nashville, TN Jun 16, 2015 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Wireless Communications Engineer RF DSP, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 04, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000
Senior Wireless Communications Engineer RF DSP, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 18, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000
SR. Unified Communications Engineer HCA Management Services LP Nashville, TN Jul 01, 2013 $90,000 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Communications Engineer

NetworkInfrastructureIPPhonesTelephonyUCSUcceVoipLabCucmAvayaCommunicationSystemsEnd-UserTrainingVideoVmwareTechnicalSupportWindowsProjectManagementPBXRFMgcpPstnTroubleshootLync

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Top Senior Communications Engineer Skills

  1. Network Infrastructure
  2. IP Phones Telephony
  3. UCS
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Investigate and report new communications technologies to enhance capabilities of the network infrastructure.
  • Planned and successfully executed large requirement reviews and design reviews with audiences of 100+.
  • Action: VoIP infrastructure assessment was completed and upgrade plans were made.
  • Experience managing special projects concerning unified communication, including testing and implementation of conferencing and collaboration software enhancements
  • Increased overall call center capacity by 33% by installing supplementary Avaya Port Networks and turning up 3 additional DS3's.

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