Telecommunications engineers


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Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.


There are no formal academic requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Apprenticeships and traineeships combining work experience and practical training are available at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.

Typical tasks

  • installs internal cabling and wiring for telephone systems and fits and wires junction and distribution boxes;
  • fixes connecting wires from underground and aerial lines to premises and connects cable terminals to inside wiring;
  • installs telephones, switchboards and coin operated phone boxes;
  • uses testing equipment to locate defective components of circuitry and makes any necessary repairs;
  • tests installation and makes any further necessary adjustments;
  • assists with the erection of wooden poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines;
  • connects cables and tests for any defects;
  • locates and repairs faults to lines and ancillary equipment;
  • erects and maintains mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

Common job titles

Planner, transmission (telecommunications)
Engineer, BSC (telecommunications)
Technician, electrical (telecommunications)
Wireman, overhead
Fitter, telephone
Jointer (cable laying)
Engineer, telephone
Plumber and jointer
Mechanic, telephone
Jointer, conduit, electric
Officer, engineering (PO)
Technician, telephone
Jointer (telecommunications)
Engineer, BSS (telecommunications)
Jointer, electrical
Engineer, cable
Lineman, traction
Engineer, maintenance (telecommunications)
Faultsman (telecommunications)
Officer, survey (telecommunications)
Engineer, field (telecommunications)
Technician, 1 (telecommunications)
Engineer, data
Officer, maintenance (telecommunications)
Engineer, technical (telecommunications)
Officer, network (telecommunications)
Engineer, installation (telecommunications)
Engineer, nos (telecommunications)
Controller, network (telecommunications)
Officer, technical (telecommunications)
Jointer, wire
Workman, skilled (telecommunications)
Engineer, installation
Wirer (metal trades: telephone mfr)
Jointer, electric
Officer, testing, diagnostic
Linesman, telegraph
Engineer, switch (telecommunications)
Engineer, telephony and IT communications
Fitter, maintenance (telecommunications)
Engineer, telegraph
Puller, cable
Hand, maintenance (telecommunications)
Mechanic, telecommunications
Engineer, telecommunications
Officer, technical, telecommunication (Civil Aviation Authority)
Fitter, cable
Engineer, telecom
Engineer, NOC (telecommunications)
Engineer, IN
Technician, 2A (telecommunications)
Officer, repeater (telecommunications)
Engineer, VAS
Fitter, installation (telecommunications)
Engineer, line (telecommunications)
Repairer, cord
Linesman, telephone
Engineer, optic, fibre
Technician, telecommunications
Technician, 2B (telecommunications)
Technician, factory (telecommunications)
T1 (telecommunications)
Repairer, wire
Technician (telecommunications:
Probationer (railways)
Engineer, service, customer (telecommunications)
Installer, telecommunications
Installer (telephone service)
Connector, cable
T2A (telecommunications)
Inspector, flight (airport:
Wireman, telephone
Engineer, NSS (telecommunications)
Engineer, support (telecommunications)
Engineer, transmission (telecommunications)
Jointer, cable
Engineer, provisioning (telecommunications)
Engineer, network, core
Repairer, cable
Engineer, installation, cable
Engineer, service
Linesman (telecommunications)
Jointer (electricity supplier)
Planner, band, wide (telecommunications)
Wireman (telecommunications)
Installer, cable
T2B (telecommunications)
Linesman (radio relay service)
Technician (telecommunications)
Wireman (railways)
Installer, telephone
Engineer, exchange, telephone