Telecommunications Engineer

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Telecommunications engineers plan and manage the installation and maintenance of telecommunication systems. These include fixed and mobile telephone networks, cable, satellite and digital television networks, computer networks and broadband services.

They are also called telecommunications technicians.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for telecommunications engineers is usually from £18,000 to £23,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £25,000 to £35,000 a year. You can usually earn extra for shifts and overtime work.


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Getting In

Many telecommunications engineers work for telephone and business network providers, mobile phone companies and cable, digital and satellite TV companies. Some work for the Ministry of Defence or for the police and the other emergency services.

There are also jobs in railway signalling engineering and the oil and gas industry. There is a steady demand for staff. Increasingly, it is helpful to have skills in both telecommunications and information and communications technology (ICT).

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

With the merging of data (IT) and telecommunication systems, demand is increasing for technicians who have skills in both fields especially wireless broadband technologies.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Tel: 020 3206 0400
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Institution of Engineering and Technology
Tel: 01438 313311
Twitter: @TheIET

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @SemtaSkills

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

Tech Partnership
Website (2):
Twitter: @TechPartnership

The Tech Partnership took over the work of e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for information technology, telecommunications and contact centres.

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