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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

  • $80,449

    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
Telecommunications Manager Project Manager Program/Project Manager
Custom Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Radio Frequency Engineer Senior Engineer Principal Engineer
Director, Hardware Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Network Manager
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Network Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Support Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Product Line Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Network Engineer Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Network Technician Systems Analyst Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Service Delivery Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Telecommunications Manager Network Engineer Sales Engineer
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Technical Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Telecommunications Engineer
Telecommunications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Analyst Assistant Vice President
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.2 years
Telecom Engineer 3.1 years
Field Engineer 3.0 years
Voice Engineer 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Technician 4.3%
Engineer 4.3%
Top Employers After
Engineer 7.3%
Manager 4.1%
Technician 3.1%
Consultant 2.8%

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Telecommunication Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

84.3%

Female

13.1%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

10.9%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.4%

Carrier

27.5%

Arabic

7.8%

French

5.9%

Mandarin

3.9%

Hindi

3.9%

Korean

3.9%

Russian

3.9%

Chinese

2.0%

Turkish

2.0%

German

2.0%

Ukrainian

2.0%

Amharic

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Italian

2.0%
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Telecommunication Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

Pennsylvania State University

6.1%

Northeastern University

6.1%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

5.2%

Northern Virginia Community College

5.2%

Villanova University

4.3%

University of Texas at San Antonio

4.3%

Florida Institute of Technology-Melbourne

4.3%

A-Technical College

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

National University

3.5%

Ashford University

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Texas Tech University

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.5%

Western International University

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

University of Southern California

3.5%
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Majors

Electrical Engineering

24.5%

Business

14.4%

Computer Science

9.3%

Computer Networking

8.8%

Computer Information Systems

6.5%

Information Technology

6.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.5%

Communication

4.7%

Engineering

2.5%

Project Management

2.4%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Management

2.1%

Mechanical Engineering

1.6%

Information Systems

1.6%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.4%

General Studies

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Telecommunications Management

1.3%

Civil Engineering

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.9%

Other

23.1%

Masters

21.3%

Associate

11.5%

Certificate

4.8%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

1.8%

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 Jul 04, 2016 $114,504
Telecommunications Engineer Fusion Solutions, LLC Addison, TX May 04, 2016 $114,504
Telecommunications Engineer Fusion Solutions, LLC Addison, TX May 23, 2016 $114,504
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 IV Wavsys, LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jan 08, 2016 $91,724
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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  1. Telephone Systems
  2. PBX
  3. Voip
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  • Provided network design and IV&V in support of DOD's upgrade of all telephone systems in National Capital Region.
  • Designed, upgraded and installed multiple digital PBX telecommunication systems providing a seamless integration of local and worldwide voice networks.
  • Implement new technologies such as VOIP into our Telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Key contributor supported Beijing Metro and national inter-state fiber optical network transportation network implementation and management.
  • Designed, implemented and maintained a telecommunications network for four facilities using Nortel Networks Option 61/11 switches and Meridian Mail.

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