Telecommunications Engineer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
13d ago

Pay for telecommunications engineers varies depending on responsibility, experience and area of specialisation.

  • Telecommunications engineers with up to five years' experience usually earn between $45,000 and $60,000 a year.
  • Those with more than five years' experience usually earn between $60,000 and $90,000.
  • Senior specialists may earn up to $130,000.
  • This information is a guide only. )

    Sources : Futureintech, 2017; Trade Me, 'Salary Guide', March 2017.

    What you will do

    Telecommunications engineers may do some or all of the following :

  • analyse customers' needs
  • design and update telecommunications equipment and systems
  • test and repair equipment
  • make sure equipment meets regulations
  • build and test prototypes of new equipment
  • give advice on suitable materials and costs
  • prepare and present reports and proposals
  • supervise the installation and use of telecommunications equipment
  • provide training for users of new equipment.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Telecommunications engineers need :

  • knowledge of electronics, communication systems and mechanics
  • up-to-date knowledge of engineering methods, technology and industry trends
  • an understanding of telecommunication rules and standards
  • design skills, and skill in interpreting drawings and designs.
  • Working conditions

    Telecommunications engineers :

  • work regular business hours, and often have to also work evenings and weekends, and be on call
  • work in offices and laboratories, and inside and outside on work sites
  • may travel locally.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a telecommunications engineer you need to have a tertiary qualification, such as a diploma or degree, in telecommunications, electrical and electronic engineering, or computer science.

    Some employers offer cadetships, which allow you to study for a qualification while working.

    The New Zealand Army offers training for recruits who want to become engineers specialising in telecommunications.

    Secondary education

    A minimum of NCEA Level 2 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include physics, maths with calculus, digital technologies and English.

    Personal requirements

    Telecommunications engineers need to be :

  • logical thinkers
  • good at problem solving and decision making
  • good at spoken and written communication
  • disciplined, patient and well organised
  • able to make good judgements and work well under pressure.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for telecommunications engineers includes work in :

  • telecommunications
  • Physical requirements

    Telecommunications engineers need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).

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