According to O*NET OnLine, the majority of telecommunication engineer specialists hold a bachelor’s degree and 26% hold a certification and 17% an associate’s degree. Those surveyed reported their career titles as telecommunication systems designer, a telecommunications consultant, and telecommunication engineer to name a few.
As a telecommunication engineer, you would analyze a business’s communication needs and then work to design or recommend the equipment needed to accomplish that goal. You would also need to maintain and test current communication equipment to ensure they are in working order and upgrade outdated equipment to improve communications.
Telecommunication engineers may oversee telecommunication installers and their work to ensure quality and also provide expert support as needed. If working for a client, telecommunication engineers may need to train the team of people that will be maintaining the equipment.
Adan Rodriguez-Arroyo, Telecommunication’s Engineer at NASA: I basically design communication systems for spacecraft, the ears and mouth of a spacecraft. It allows for the ground station on Earth to send commands to the spacecraft for them to be processed and also while the spacecraft is orbiting Earth, it’s collecting all this good data that needs to be sent back to Earth. One of Adan’s projects is the communication system for the Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, or MMS.
Our strong links with industry have allowed us to develop a practically focused course, which is essential to the needs of the rapidly changing telecommunications industry. We work with companies such as Microsoft and Siemens, and we are a Cisco local academy – meaning you will have access to the latest equipment, and can make use of specialist teaching materials and workshops. The department is very active in cutting-edge research and you will be encouraged to learn, explore and work within our award-winning technology centre and telecoms laboratories. The labs are equipped with specialist hardware from National Instruments (NI), including the industry standard NI- USRP reconfigurable radio platform, and software such as MATLAB & Simulink, Cisco Packet Tracer, Riverbed Modeller, and EDX Signal Pro. Access to campus-based facilities will depend on Covid-19 related restrictions in place at the time. In some instances remote access to campus facilities or equivalent online facilities may be used instead.
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