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Telecommunications Engineering Specialists

Design or configure wired, wireless, and satellite communications systems for voice, video, and data services. Supervise installation, service, and maintenance.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Consult with users, administrators, and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology purchases.
    • Implement system renovation projects in collaboration with technical staff, engineering consultants, installers, and vendors.
    • Keep abreast of changes in industry practices and emerging telecommunications technology by reviewing current literature, talking with colleagues, participating in educational programs, attending meetings or workshops, or participating in professional organizations or conferences.
    • Review and evaluate requests from engineers, managers, and technicians for system modifications.
    • Assess existing facilities' needs for new or modified telecommunications systems.
    • Implement controls to provide security for operating systems, software, and data.
    • Develop, maintain, or implement telecommunications disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity.
    • Communicate with telecommunications vendors to obtain pricing and technical specifications for available hardware, software, or services.
    • Document procedures for hardware and software installation and use.
    • Inspect sites to determine physical configuration, such as device locations and conduit pathways.
    • Manage user access to systems and equipment through account management and password administration.
    • Install, or coordinate installation of, new or modified hardware, software, or programming modules of telecommunications systems.
    • Implement or perform preventive maintenance, backup, or recovery procedures.
    • Instruct in use of voice, video, and data communications systems.
    • Test and evaluate hardware and software to determine efficiency, reliability, or compatibility with existing systems.
    • Monitor and analyze system performance, such as network traffic, security, and capacity.
    • Prepare purchase requisitions for computer hardware and software, networking and telecommunications equipment, test equipment, cabling, or tools.
    • Document technical specifications and operating standards for telecommunications equipment.
    • Provide user support by diagnosing network and device problems and implementing technical or procedural solutions.
    • Document user support activity, such as system problems, corrective actions, resolution status, and completed equipment installations.
    • Estimate costs for system or component implementation and operation.
    • Order or maintain inventory of telecommunications equipment for customer premises equipment (CPE), facilities, access networks, or backbone networks.
    • Work with personnel and facilities management staff to install, remove, or relocate user connectivity equipment and devices.
    • Supervise maintenance of telecommunications equipment.
    • Use computer-aided design (CAD) software to prepare or evaluate network diagrams, floor plans, or site configurations for existing facilities, renovations, or new systems.
    • Prepare system activity and performance reports.


    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.


    • Telecommunications

      Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 103220/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 49.63/hr
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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Stress Tolerance


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