Telecommunications Engineering Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


Designs or configures voice, video, and data communications systems. Supervises installation and post-installation service and maintenance.

This career is part of the Information Technology cluster Network Systems pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Communicates with telecommunications vendors to obtain pricing and technical specifications for available hardware, software, or services.
  • Keeps 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.
  • Implements or performs preventive maintenance, backup, or recovery procedures.
  • Consults with users, administrators, and engineers to identify business and technical requirements for proposed system modifications or technology purchases.
  • Installs, or coordinates installation of, new or modified hardware, software, or programming modules of telecommunications systems.
  • Assesses existing facilities' needs for new or modified telecommunications systems.
  • Orders or maintains inventory of telecommunications equipment for customer premises equipment (CPE), facilities, access networks, or backbone networks.
  • Develops, maintains, or implements telecommunications disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity.
  • Monitors and analyzes system performance, such as network traffic, security, and capacity.
  • Estimates costs for system or component implementation and operation.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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