What does a Telecommunication Engineer do?

Median Pay $102,180
Growth Rate 2%
Citation Retrieved from O*NET OnLine

Telecommunication engineers are in high demand due to wireless communication access and the expectation to have instant communication across the globe. The demand doesn’t stop globally either. We also have the need to communicate with objects and astronauts in space. Advances in communication technology are made by telecommunication engineers who keep up with the latest advances and continually improve on the methods we use to communicate.

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How to Become a Telecommunication Engineer Specialist

To become a telecommunication engineer, you would most likely need a bachelor’s degree in engineering to get your foot in the door. There are many engineering programs out there and some colleges only offer electrical engineering where others have a focus on communications or telecommunications. Either would benefit you to become a telecommunication engineer.

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, telecommunications consultant, and telecommunication engineer to name a few.

Job Description of a Telecommunication Engineer

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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would also need to maintain and test current communication equipment to ensure they are in working order and upgrade outdated equipment to improve communications.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.

Telecommunication’s Engineer Career Video Transcript

Adan Rodriguez-Arroyo, Telecommunication’s Engineer at NASA: I basically design communication systems for space craft, the ears and mouth of a space craft. It allows for the ground station on Earth to send commands to the space craft for them to be processed and also while the space craft 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.

NASA wants to learn more about the Earth’s protective magnetic layer, also called the magnetosphere and the Sun. What I have in my hands right now, it’s the real antenna. The transmitter and receiver are connected to here, so if you need to transmit, you send your signal through here it goes through this system and it radiates through space and whatever station is in the ground, it will pick up that frequency and you could actually receive all the information that you want.

What advice do you have for kids? Science can be challenging at times. Math can be challenging at times. If you see something and you’re curious about it, just ask a question. It’s not going to hurt anybody. It will make you a better person just because you will know something that you didn’t know yesterday. To learn more about the MMS missing, go to mms.gsfc.nasa.gov (link opens in a new tab). Discover more about space at nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/ (link opens in a new tab).

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