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Telecommunications engineers

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£22,880 pile of coins

Age 35

£41,600 pile of coins

Age 50

£45,760 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £38,480

What does this career do?

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

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.

Current entry requirements

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.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed


Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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