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Working As A Telecom 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

  • $86,381

    Average Salary

What Does A Telecom 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 Telecom 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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Telecom Engineer Career Paths

Telecom Engineer
Project Coordinator Information Technology Project Manager Program/Project Manager
Custom Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Voice Engineer Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Network Engineer Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer Project Engineering Manager
Lead Engineer And Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Telecommunication Engineer Project Manager Construction Manager
Regional Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Senior Engineer Engineering Manager
Senior Engineering Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Field Engineer Technical Support Specialist Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Voice Engineer Senior Engineer Senior Test Engineer
Test Engineering Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Telecom Manager 4.2 years
Telecom Specialist 4.2 years
Telecom Analyst 3.6 years
Telecom Engineer 3.0 years
Voice Engineer 2.9 years
Voip Engineer 2.5 years
NOC Engineer 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Engineer 7.9%
Technician 5.6%
Internship 3.4%
Top Employers After
Engineer 10.0%
Consultant 3.7%
Owner 3.0%

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Telecom Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Female

15.5%

Unknown

4.9%
Ethnicity

White

50.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.9%

Asian

14.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

7.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Carrier

42.3%

Filipino

7.7%

Spanish

7.7%

Korean

7.7%

Portuguese

3.8%

Hawaiian

3.8%

Ukrainian

3.8%

German

3.8%

French

3.8%

Amharic

3.8%

Hindi

3.8%

Russian

3.8%

Arabic

3.8%
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Telecom Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

12.3%

Southern Methodist University

7.4%

Oklahoma State University

6.2%

Central State University

4.9%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.9%

Purdue University

4.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.9%

University of Houston

3.7%

San Jose State University

3.7%

Saint Louis University-

3.7%

North Carolina Central University

3.7%

Texas A&M University

3.7%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.7%

University of Arizona

3.7%

Villanova University

3.7%

George Mason University

3.7%

Western Governors University

2.5%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

2.5%

San Diego State University

2.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

30.5%

Business

13.1%

Computer Science

9.9%

Computer Networking

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.5%

Information Technology

3.5%

Computer Engineering

3.5%

Marketing

2.9%

Communication

2.6%

Project Management

2.3%

Management

1.7%

Engineering

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Music

1.5%

Graphic Communications

1.5%

Computer Technical Support

1.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.5%

Criminal Justice

1.5%

Education

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.9%

Other

24.1%

Masters

22.6%

Associate

8.3%

Certificate

2.6%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.9%
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Real Telecom Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
RAN Telecom Engineer-III Nextgen Global Resources, LLC Concord, CA May 08, 2016 $147,000
Telecom Engineer Metasys Technologies, Inc. Duluth, GA Nov 20, 2014 $144,335
Telecom Engineer Questivity Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 07, 2014 $142,667
Telecom Engineer 3 Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA May 25, 2015 $140,000
Telecom Engineer-Tier II Adi Worldlink, LLC Frisco, TX Apr 11, 2015 $114,005
Telecom Engineer Atlanta Trading & Eng Consulting LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Feb 05, 2016 $108,160
Telecom Engineer II Nextgen Global Resources LLC Ontario, CA Dec 15, 2016 $100,024
Telecom Engineer Quicken Loans Inc. Detroit, MI Aug 29, 2014 $100,000
Telecom Engineer-Tier II Adi Worldlink, LLC Plano, TX Feb 01, 2016 $95,000 -
$100,000
Telecom Engineer GSI Commerce Solutions Inc. Melbourne, FL Sep 08, 2014 $92,000
Telecom Engineer-Tier II Adi Worldlink, LLC Frisco, TX Nov 29, 2014 $90,181 -
$95,181
Telecom Engineer-Tier II Adi Worldlink, LLC Frisco, TX May 26, 2015 $90,000 -
$95,200
Telecom Engineer BTI Solutions, Inc. Dba Blue Telcom, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 28, 2016 $89,461
Telecom Engineer Mantra Telecom, Inc. Irving, TX Feb 29, 2016 $88,000
Telecom Engineer ECOM Consulting Inc. MD Jun 25, 2015 $74,880
Telecom Engineer Inabia Software & Consulting Redmond, WA Sep 10, 2014 $74,880
Telecom Engineer Inabia Software & Consulting, Inc. Redmond, WA May 18, 2013 $73,882
Telecom Engineer Yantrasoft Inc. MD Sep 18, 2013 $73,045
Telecom Engineer Yantrasoft Inc. MD Oct 29, 2014 $73,045
Telecom Engineer (LTE Test) TELE Tech Team, LLC Redmond, WA Sep 12, 2015 $72,800
Telecom Engineer Blue Horizon Concepts, Inc. VA Oct 01, 2013 $72,800
Telecom Engineer (IT) Objects On Net, Inc. Dallas, TX Feb 29, 2016 $72,400
Telecom Engineer BTI Solutions, Inc. Overland Park, KS Sep 19, 2016 $65,874
Telecom Engineer Mantra Telecom, Inc. Plainsboro, NJ Jan 28, 2016 $65,333 -
$75,000
Telecom Engineer Pixaware Technologies, LLC Richardson, TX Sep 26, 2016 $65,200
Telecom Engineer Mantra Telecom, Inc. Irving, TX May 30, 2016 $65,042 -
$85,000
Telecom Engineer Mantra Telecom, Inc. San Jose, CA May 30, 2016 $65,042 -
$85,000
Telecom Engineer Mantra Telecom, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 24, 2013 $65,021 -
$85,000
Telecom Engineer Blue Telcom, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Sep 18, 2013 $65,000
Telecom Engineer Mantra Telecom, Inc. Irving, TX Feb 11, 2015 $65,000 -
$90,000

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Top Skills for A Telecom Engineer

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  1. Phone Calls
  2. Computer
  3. PBX
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  • Implemented call routing, call management and computer telephony integration.
  • Maintained a legacy arrangement of 8 different PBX servers running various versions of Asterisk on CentOS Linux.
  • Provide timely resolutions to the company's VoIP mission-critical applications and administer firewall policies for company wide network.
  • Installed, maintained, and resolved TCP/IP, routing issues.
  • Maintained daily moves, adds, and changes at local and remote sites through dial in capabilities.

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