Telecommunications technicians install, set up, test and repair telecommunications and datacommunications systems. Voice and data technology systems include:
Technicians work on a range of jobs from setting up a complex communications network within a large commercial organisation to the installation of a satellite system in a domestic household. A technician's role will vary, depending on their area of expertise.Typical roles include:
For more information dealing specifically with satellite installation, see Satellite Systems Technician profile.
Increasingly, with the convergence of data (IT) and telecommunications systems, technicians are becoming multiskilled in both fields.
Most telecommunications technicians work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, but might have to work on-call shifts, including evenings and weekends. There may be opportunities for overtime.
Telecommunications technicians work indoors on production lines and customers' premises, or outdoors on a site. Some installation, maintenance and repair work involves working at heights.
Although not essential, a driving licence is useful.
To be a telecommunications technician, you should:
There are about 260,000 technicians employed in the telecommunications industry and demand is increasing for qualified staff. They work for a variety of organisations such as telephone or business network providers, mobile phone companies, and cable, satellite and digital TV companies. They also work in companies which fit voice, data and video conferencing systems used in many organisations.
It is also possible to work for the Ministry of Defence, or as a technician in the Navy, Army, Royal Air Force or the police and emergency services. Technicians can also work in rail signalling and power transmission companies.
There are good prospects for skilled and experienced technicians who take on further training and qualifications to develop their career.
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