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Working As A Telecommunication 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

  • $71,323

    Average Salary

What Does A Telecommunication 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 Telecommunication 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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Telecommunication Engineer Career Paths

Telecommunication Engineer
Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Manager Information Technology Manager Technical Services Manager
Director Of Technology And Services
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Adjunct Professor Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Manager Project Manager Senior Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Telecommunications Engineer Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Group Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Software Engineer Chief Technology Officer
President & Chief Technology Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Business Analyst Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Electrical Engineer Engineering Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator Systems Analyst
Systems Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Software Engineer Technical Manager
Technical Director
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Technical Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Engineer Engineering Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Technical Director
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Telecommunication Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

83.0%

Female

14.2%

Unknown

2.9%
Ethnicity

White

72.4%

Hispanic or Latino

11.4%

Asian

11.0%

Unknown

4.4%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.1%

Carrier

26.7%

Arabic

6.7%

French

4.4%

Russian

4.4%

Hindi

4.4%

Mandarin

4.4%

Korean

4.4%

Chinese

2.2%

Turkish

2.2%

German

2.2%

Ukrainian

2.2%

Amharic

2.2%

Italian

2.2%
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Telecommunication Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.1%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

5.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.4%

Northeastern University

5.4%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.4%

Villanova University

4.5%

A-Technical College

4.5%

ITT Technical Institute - Indianapolis

3.6%

National University

3.6%

University of Texas at San Antonio

3.6%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

Texas Tech University

3.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.6%

Western International University

3.6%

University of Houston

3.6%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

25.5%

Business

13.6%

Computer Networking

9.7%

Computer Science

9.0%

Computer Information Systems

6.3%

Information Technology

6.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.5%

Communication

4.2%

Engineering

2.6%

Management

2.4%

Project Management

2.3%

Computer Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Telecommunications Management

1.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Information Systems

1.3%

General Studies

1.1%

Civil Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.1%

Other

23.4%

Masters

22.2%

Associate

11.4%

Certificate

4.8%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Telecommunication Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Telecommunications Engineer 3 Southern California Edison Irwindale, CA Sep 30, 2015 $125,445
Principal Ucce Telecommunications Engineer Eloyalty, LLC Englewood, CO Nov 04, 2016 $123,500
Telecommunications Engineer Fusion Solutions, LLC Addison, TX May 04, 2016 $114,504
Telecommunications Engineer Fusion Solutions, LLC Addison, TX Jul 04, 2016 $114,504
Telecommunications Engineer Fusion Solutions, LLC Addison, TX Jun 28, 2016 $114,504
Telecommunications Engineer Pangaia Partners, LLC. Jersey City, NJ Aug 15, 2015 $98,000
Telecommunications Engineer Slashsupport, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 12, 2015 $95,950
Network and Telecommunications Engineer K12 Inc. Herndon, VA Dec 02, 2016 $94,700 -
$110,000
Network/Telecommunications Engineer K12 Inc. Herndon, VA Nov 01, 2015 $94,700 -
$110,000
Engineer, Telecommunications Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA Aug 14, 2015 $94,521
Telecommunications Engineer SBM Atlantia, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 13, 2015 $93,725
Telecommunications Engineer III Wavsys, LLC Concord, CA Jul 18, 2016 $93,665
Advanced Telecommunications Engineer MRB Systems, LLC Quincy, MA Mar 18, 2015 $92,102
Telecommunications Engineer BTI Solutions, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 30, 2015 $69,000
Telecommunications Engineer Fairhaven Partners LLC Atlanta, GA Oct 10, 2015 $67,000
Telecommunications Engineer Datalogix Texas, Inc. Union City, CA Dec 15, 2016 $65,803
Telecommunications Engineer GW Communications LLC Coppell, TX Jan 15, 2015 $65,624
Telecommunications Engineer GW Communications LLC Coppell, TX Jan 30, 2015 $65,624
Telecommunication Engineer Pixaware Technologies, LLC Richardson, TX Sep 19, 2016 $65,200

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Top Skills for A Telecommunication Engineer

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Top Telecommunication Engineer Skills

  1. Telephone Systems
  2. Avaya PBX
  3. Avaya Voip
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed and maintained telephone systems on site with many manufacturers of phone systems.
  • Performed MAC's in the Avaya PBX and Centigram voicemail accounts.
  • Reconfigured Avaya voip system configuration design for proper power failure rollover in a power outage scenario.
  • Network Technician responsible for installation and maintenance of fiber optics, computers, printers, peripherals, and computer lifecycle replacement.
  • Designed best solutions for cabling and Administration Nortel Meridian PBX systems.

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